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NTT DATA provides Kanaan, Hand a chance in Ganassi’s second DP at Indy

Jul 17, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

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For the second straight year, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates is bringing out a second car as a “ringer” for the GRAND-AM Rolex Series’ Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Those fearing a repeat of Juan Pablo Montoya and his aggressive nature, though, need not worry as the fiery Colombian won’t be in the No. 02 Riley BMW. Instead, Tony Kanaan and Joey Hand will take the reins of the NTT DATA-sponsored Daytona Prototype.

Kanaan, the 2013 Indianapolis 500 champion, also raced in this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona in a GT class Porsche, while Hand won the Rolex 24 overall with Ganassi in 2011. Hand is a factory BMW driver who competes in the American Le Mans Series with the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing BMW Z4 program, and also in the DTM in Germany.

The No. 02 has not raced since this year’s Rolex 24, when it featured Hand, Ganassi’s two usual IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti, and Montoya’s NASCAR Sprint Cup teammates Jamie McMurray. The opportunity for it to come out again at the Brickyard is thanks to the expanded partnership with NTT DATA, which sponsored Ryan Briscoe’s Ganassi IndyCar at this year’s Indianapolis 500.

  1. manik56 - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    I will miss watching Montoya in this race. He is fun to watch as much as it is fun to watch how scared the other teams are of him. I would guess he ends up in the unified sportscar series for Ganassi once he leaves NASCAR – he can’t just retire can he? I also would have liked to see Dixon & Dario in this race. They are pretty hot right now.

    On the flip side, can I speculate Kanaan to Ganassi in 2014? Will he replace Dario? or Rahal a year later? Silly season has to start soon, right?

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