Chip Ganassi Racing Teams partner with Granta to maximize car design efficiency

US IndyCar and NASCAR team using CES Selector to help develop stronger, lighter, and more durable race-winning cars

Cambridge, UK – February 24, 2016. Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) announced today that they will partner with materials information technology leader Granta Design. Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful and innovative owners in the sport. His teams compete in events including the Verizon IndyCar Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and they have won 18 championships and 170 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s.

Granta Design has created a PC software application which, along with the team’s existing software, enhances and simplifies the search process for information on materials that are fundamental to the car design process, and then applies this information to make smart decisions on the use of those materials. CES Selector™ will help the engineering team compare and choose alternate materials to develop stronger, lighter, and more durable race-winning cars. The software application will be used by the engineering departments across all of CGRT’s racing disciplines.

John Probst, Technical Director, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, said: “Chip Ganassi Racing is looking forward to utilizing the CES Selector software to make more intelligent material selection decisions. The extensive database offered by the software allows us to compare and select suitable materials and manufacturing processes for all applications of the vehicle. As a racing team our main goal is to win races and with a product like CES Selector we’re putting ourselves in the best possible position to make that goal a reality.”

John Twerdok, Director of Sales, Granta Design, said: “We’re excited to partner with a proven innovator in the racing industry like Chip Ganassi Racing Teams. Granta tools will enable them to explore ground-breaking designs and select the very best materials to support them. Ultimately, it is about winning by staying ahead of the competition, and we look forward to helping the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams as they develop lighter, faster, and higher-performing race cars.”

Chip Ganassi Racing Teams

Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful and innovative owners in the sport.

CES Selector is a powerful PC software application that offers extensive materials property data, advanced graphical analysis, and specialist tools to solve real-world engineering problems. Engineers can make better decisions in early-stage design, explore alternate material choices to improve design performance, and compare and contrast material properties when seeking viable alternatives. The tool enables companies to build confidence in their choice of materials, reduce overall cost, and optimize product performance.

Further information

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Product information: www.grantadesign.com/products/ces/

About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams: Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, one car in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, two factory Ford GT’s in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, two factory Ford GT’s in the FIA World Endurance Championship and two Supercars in Red Bull Global Rallycross. Overall his teams have 18 championships and 170 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and six Rolex 24 At Daytonas and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn. For more information, see www.chipganassiracing.com


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