Max Chilton set for second IndyCar season with Ganassi, Honda in two thousand-seventeenth

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Source:   —  December 07, 2016, at 7:03 PM

The 25-year-old was confirmed on Wednesday to stay with the powerhouse Ganassi team and hopes to construct on his 19th-place finish in the championship standings.

Max Chilton set for second IndyCar season with Ganassi, Honda in two thousand-seventeenth

Max Chilton intends to get off the proverbial training wheels during his second IndyCar season with Chip Ganassi Racing.

The 25-year-old was confirmed on Wednesday to stay with the powerhouse Ganassi team and hopes to construct on his 19th-place finish in the championship standings. Despite a two-year stint in Formula one driving for Marussia, Chilton was unhurried to memorise the American fashion of racing.

A seventh space in March at Phoenix represented his best running of the season, but the Englishman expects to be even better prepared entering Friday's open test at Sebring. Most of that confidence is born from the fact that he'll be reunited with race engineer Brandon Fry in the same No. eight entry he piloted last season.

"It's hugely necessary to have that continuity," Chilton said during a press conference on Friday. "I know from my experience of being in single-seaters presently for over a decade, it really does help. To at minimum have the same team engineer, the engineer is the one you work most closely with, so it's kind if you obtain on with him to hold that relationship going and, ideally, attempt to hold the crew the same.

"Sometimes you've to tweak it here and there. It's hugely important."

He'll also maintain the same trio of teammates in Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball. Chilton will also continue to work with four-time IndyCar winner and Ganassi team mentor Dario Franchitti. These are key in his development as an IndyCar driver.

"Dario is my mentor," Chilton said. "He said it took him three or four years to master the craft of oval racing. I perceive love I'm going to get in more experience with that."

The only genuine modify for Chilton is a minor one, as the Ganassi team will swap from Chevrolet to Honda for the two thousand seventeen season.

"It doesn't obtain a enormous quantity of looking to know what the differences are with the packages," Chilton said. "It's not a enormous deal. I think it's more the way the manufacturers approach it. I think Honda very much goes out there and does everything for the win regardless of what the circumstances may be: blowing engines, sort of having issues. They're very much the racing side.

"Chevrolet, they're more the consistent side, but sometimes maybe not giving it everything. I think we've got more chances of succeeding as a team with Honda, which obviously the team agreed with that. They're the ones that made the decision."

Ultimately, the measured Chilton said he needs to start capturing podiums in order to consider two thousand seventeen a success. In a perfect world, he'd at minimum obtain a win this coming season before contending for championships in two thousand-eighteenth and beyond.

"I perceive love if we obtain the speed better, we're in the closer portion of the field at the front, then you're going to have things arrive your way," Chilton said. "I perceive love as soon as we obtain a podium going, the rhythm will just hold flowing and hopefully we'll obtain a win.

"I really, really do wish to get a win following year. If we're doing that, we're sort of in contention for a excellent year in the championship."

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