Chip Ganassi Racing has confirmed the drivers that will pilot its two Cadillac DPi-V.R entries in this month’s running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
IndyCar champions Alex Palou and Scott Dixon will join full-season drivers Renger van der Zande and Sebastien Bourdais in the team’s returning No. 01 Cadillac DPi-V.R entry for Daytona, Chip Ganassi Racing confirmed this week.
In the team’s new No. 02 car, meanwhile, will be the ex-Formula 1 pairing of Kevin Magnussen and Marcus Ericsson, who will join full-season drivers Alex Lynn and Earl Bamber for Daytona.
Ganassi announced van der Zande, Bourdais, Lynn and Bamber as its full-season drivers late last year, however this week’s announcement confirms the addition of Palou, Dixon, Magnussen and Ericsson as part-time endurance drivers and also confirms the driver pairings for the team’s two Cadillac DPi-V.R entries.
It’s currently not clear if these same endurance drivers will be present in the car for the remaining IMSA endurance rounds at Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta. Palou, Dixon and Ericsson all have separate, full-season responsibilities with Chip Ganassi’s IndyCar operation, while Magnussen has signed on as a full-season driver for Peugeot’s FIA WEC effort.
A total of seven DPi entries have been confirmed for this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. Chip Ganassi Racing will field three of these entries between the aforementioned No. 01 and No. 02 cars and the returning No. 48 Ally Cadillac, which will contest all four IMSA endurance rounds this year with Jimmie Johnson, Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Rockenfeller and Jose Maria Lopez. The remaining entries include the championship-defending No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac and the two Acura ARX-05 entries of Meyer-Shank Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing.
The 2022 IMSA WeatherTech season will serve as the Cadillac DPi-V.R’s swansong, with the prototype set to be replaced by a new Dallara-based successor built to the hybrid LMDh ruleset starting in 2023.