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IndyCar outfit extends with long-time partner

IndyCar motor-racing team Chip Ganassi Racing has signed an extension to its partnership with IT services company NTT Data.

NTT Data, a long-standing CGR sponsor, will continue to serve as a primary partner of the team.

The length of the new agreement was not disclosed but CGR confirmed that a multi-year deal has been signed.

The announcement coincided with the news that Swedish driver Felix Rosenqvist will compete for CGR from the 2019 IndyCar Series season, alongside reigning champion Scott Dixon.

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