Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates’ managing director Mike Hull confirmed Tuesday the team’s lineup for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, with Scott Dixon joining Scott Pruett and Joey Hand in the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford.
Dixon is yet to win at Sebring, but won the overall pole driving for de Ferran Motorsports in 2009, in the debut race for the Acura ARX-02a.
“Sebring is one of those iconic motor races in the world and I think we’ll have a good chance,” Dixon said. “The team started strong with a win in the Rolex 24 At Daytona with the No. 02 car this season, and the No. 01 car won in its Sebring debut last year. I’m looking forward to working with Scott and Joey again, and the whole IMSA program.”
Pruett won overall last year, co-driving with Memo Rojas and Marino Franchitti. Hand is a past Sebring class winner in GT.
After running two cars last year and at the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Ford EcoBoost-backed team will focus solely on the No. 01 for Sebring.
The single car plan comes in the midst of what will be a hectic testing schedule for Ganassi’s IndyCar program after aero kits make their introduction as of March 13.
Ganassi will have four cars for the season-opening race at St. Petersburg held March 29, and all four drivers, Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball and Sage Karam, plus their crews are expected to be in action for spring training testing March 16-17 at Barber Motorsports Park.
Dixon will then head from Barber to Sebring to join the No. 01 car for the March 21 race.
Dixon will have a chance to extend his lead in the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup points standings, after being part of the Rolex 24-winning lineup with Kanaan, Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson.