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Palou Among Signings for Ganassi’s Two-Car Rolex 24 Bid

CGR sets DPi driving crews and confirms Palou, Dixon, Ericsson, Magnussen for Rolex 24…

Photo: Daytona International Speedway

Reigning NTT IndyCar Series champion Alex Palou has been named as one of four additions to Chip Ganassi Racing’s DPi driver lineup for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Palou, Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen will support Ganassi’s full-season driver pairings at the opening round of the new IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season on Jan. 29-30.

IndyCar title-winning drivers Palou and Dixon will join the full-time pairing of Renger van der Zande and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 01 Cadillac DPi-V.R.

Ex-Formula 1 drivers Ericsson and Magnussen are confirmed to support Earl Bamber and Alex Lynn, who are sharing the No. 02 Cadillac at each round of the season.

Palou and Ericsson, who along with Dixon represent Chip Ganassi Racing in IndyCar, are both set for their first race outings in DPi machinery and their Rolex 24 debuts.

The two debutants recently tested the Cadillac DPi-V.R at Daytona International Speedway, leading to speculation that they would be involved in Ganassi’s race setup.

“Our Cadillac drivers lead by example,” said CGR managing director Mike Hull Chip Ganassi Racing Managing Director Mike Hull.

“Each have already won on the world stage. They unselfishly mirror each other’s performance on and off track. Their equal experience combined with skill set is driven through zero agenda.

“In today’s world of equal performance standards, the driver’s contribution is the ultimate separator.

“Our roster has eight of the very best in equal Cadillacs. Bamber, Bourdais, Ericsson, Dixon, Lynn, Magnussen and van der Zande — this group drives as one.”

Ganassi announced van der Zande, Bourdais, Lynn and Bamber as its full-season drivers back in October but Friday’s announcement details the exact driver pairings.

The decorated open-wheel and sports car team is expanding to a two-car entry for its second term in the DPi ranks after running van der Zande and Magnussen in the No. 01 car last year. Magnussen is now a member of Peugeot’s LMH driving squad.

Ganassi has not stated which of its Rolex 24 signings will contest the other Michelin Endurance Cup races at Sebring, Watkins Glen and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring takes place on the same March weekend as the IndyCar round at Texas Motor Speedway.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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