Simpson has driven in Indy NXT for the past two seasons. Photo: IndyCar
Chip Ganassi Racing has announced that it will promote Kyffin Simpson up to IndyCar next season with a full time arrangement.
The unexpected deal gives CGR five full time entries for the 2024 season, which will firmly place it as the largest team in the series.
Simpson has competed in Indy NXT for the past two seasons, and earned two podiums in the most recent year while driving for HMD Motorsports.
He is also familiar with sports cars, contesting select races in IMSA and the European Le Mans Series.
“It’s been incredible working with Chip Ganassi Racing as their development driver over the last couple years and I’ve been able to learn so much,” said Simpson.
“I am very excited to be making the next step to IndyCar with this team. I had a great time at the test and I can’t wait to get back in the car.
“It’s been my dream to race in the NTT IndyCar Series and it’s an honor to make it happen now with one of the best teams in the series. I’m really looking forward to working more closely with the entire team and the drivers.
“I want to give all the glory to God, and I also want to thank Chip [Ganassi] and Mike [Hull] for giving me this opportunity, Ridgeline Lubricants and The American Legion for their support, and of course my family.”
Simpson will only be 19 years old at the start of the 2024 season, and is expected to be the youngest on the IndyCar grid.
He joined CGR as the team’s development driver in May of 2022, and completed a test with the team at Sebring earlier this year.
Simpson will join Alex Palou, Scott Dixon, Marcus Armstrong, and Linus Lundqvist next season, completing a robust lineup of drivers at the Ganassi squad.
Keyword: Ganassi promotes Simpson to IndyCar, expands to five entries