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Hunter-Reay to Replace Dixon at CGR for Sebring

Ryan Hunter-Reay drafted into Chip Ganassi Racing lineup for 12H Sebring…

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Ryan Hunter-Reay will sub for Scott Dixon in the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in next month’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, it has been confirmed.

The former NTT IndyCar Series champion and Indianapolis 500 winner will join full season drivers Renger van der Zande and Sebastien Bourdais for the second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

CGR has opted to keep its full-time IndyCar drivers at Texas Motor Speedway and not complete double-duty between the series and tracks on the clashing weekend.

“It’s beyond belief that Ryan Hunter-Reay is available to be a Cadillac teammate at Sebring,” said CGR managing director Mike Hull.

“Chip Ganassi Racing has admired his ability to consistently win major globally recognized events. He has that special knack to be a separator.

“We’re excited that Ryan’s an integral part of our team at the Twelve Hours of Sebring.”

Hunter-Reay, who won the 2020 Twelve Hours of Sebring with the now-defunct Mazda DPi squad, does not have a full-time IndyCar ride this season after parting ways with Andretti Autosport at the end of last year.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to work with one of the very best teams and manufacturers in motorsports,” Hunter-Reay said.

“Sebring is my home track, and the Twelve Hours of Sebring is one of those iconic events that you focus on as a competitor.

“After winning the 2020 race overall, I’ve been eager to get back with a top team and compete for another win.”

While not yet formally announced, Peugeot-contracted driver Kevin Magnussen is expected to complete CGR’s lineup in its No. 02 Cadillac alongside Alex Lynn and Earl Bamber.

This is largely due to the fact that the French manufacturer will not be making its FIA World Endurance Championship debut at Sebring.

Hull told Sportscar365 last month that Dixon will return to the No. 01 Cadillac for the season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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