Chip Ganassi Racing announced an agreement with Indy Lights driver Kyffin Simpson, signing the 17-year-old to a multi-year development deal.
Simpson, a Cayman Islands native, is the youngest competitor this season in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and a driver for Honda Performance Development’s Honda Academy.
CGR will rely on its 30-plus years of motorsports experience, including 21 championships and more than 230 victories, to continue Simpson’s development by providing driver mentorship, race strategy and engineering support for his No. 21 TJ Speed Motorsports Honda team.
“We are always interested in bringing in talented individuals who can contribute to the success of our team,” said Mike Hull, managing director at Chip Ganassi Racing. “Kyffin has impressed us with his driving abilities, especially at such a young age, and we wanted to find a path toward bringing him into the Ganassi family.”
Simpson, who began racing at age 9 in Barbados, is one of the most promising up-and-coming drivers in motorsports. He made his sports car debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona earlier this year, co-driving the No. 66 Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 in the GTD class, and won the 2021 Formula Regional Americas Championship with seven wins and 13 podiums.
“This is a dream come true,” Simpson said. “I’m incredibly grateful for the support from Chip, Mike Hull and the whole CGR team. This is a huge opportunity, and I’m going to make the most of it. My ambition has always been to race with a championship-winning INDYCAR team, and I’m now taking a major step toward that goal.”
In the coming days, Simpson will meet with the CGR team at the GMR Grand Prix in Indianapolis for the fifth race of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, which coincides with the third and fourth rounds of the Indy Lights season.