American Powerhouse Chip Ganassi Racing joins Extreme E

Chip Ganassi has been announced as the latest team to join the brand new electric race series, Extreme E.

The highly successful team is the second American team to join the series after Andretti Autosport was announced last month.

Across different forms of motorsport, the team has been highly successful with 19 major titles across IMSA, Indycar, WEC and NASCAR.

8 Daytona 24 hours wins, 4 Indy 500 wins and wins in the NASCAR Daytona 500, Brickyard 400 at the Sebring 12 hours and the 24 hours of Le Mans.

Extreme E is Chip Ganassi’s first foray into Electric racing.

Alejandro Agag said: “It’s fantastic to be able to confirm Chip Ganassi Racing’s participation in Extreme E, marking this hugely successful team’s progression into electric racing. CGR boasts a tremendous heritage and pedigree in motorsport, achieving consistent success over three decades in some of the toughest single-seater and sportscar series around.

“Of course, our championship poses a very different kind of challenge, but the team has proven itself to be a winner in every discipline it has contested and clearly possesses the skillset to similarly excel in Extreme E.

“And then, of course, there is the competitive edge with Andretti Autosport, who we announced last month – and it will be fascinating to see how that plays out. These two teams have engaged in some truly classic duels over the years, and we look forward to many more to come in the unique environments that Extreme E will visit.”

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Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Indycar Driver, 5 time Indycar champion at winter testing in Texas © Indycar, Getty Images, Chris Graythen

Team owner Chip Ganassi said: “Extreme E is a very different proposition to anything we have done before, but it’s where I think motor racing is headed in the future. When I started our team in 1990, one of the founding principles I built it on was innovation. I’ve always been passionate about pushing the boundaries of what is possible, and Extreme E checks that box for us in a big way.

“It represents an opportunity in motor racing to use the latest technologies to attract a new, younger audience to this great sport of ours. Everything about Extreme E is cool, from the car to the race format and the in-built technology. We’re thrilled to join the championship and to play a part in developing the future of our sport.”

The series is set to get going in 2021 in January. The other teams, aside from CGR and Andretti, are Electric specialists QEV Technologies, DTM and Formula E winners Abt Sportsline, Monaco based Electric car company Venturi Racing, Esports race team Veloce Racing and DTM and Formula 2 and 3 team HWA.