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Kennametal Lands in Victory Lane at Indy 500 and Lands a New Multi-Year Contract

Kennametal Inc. has announced a multi-year renewal of its machining technology partnership with Chip Ganassi Teams (CGRT). Kennametal began its relationship with CGRT in 1993. This renewed relationship occurs in the wake of Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon’s dramatic first and second-place finish at the 2012 Indianapolis 500.

Chip Ganassi Race Teams and Kennametal announce a multi-year extension to their long-standing technology partnership. Here, the Kennametal logo is shown on the No. 42 Target Chevrolet, driven by two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner Juan Pablo Montoya.





Kennametal has expanded the 19-year metalcutting partnership by providing Ganassi’s Indy machine shop with proprietary Precision Surface Management Technology by Kennametal Extrude Hone. Kennametal’s advanced surface finishing solutions deliver uniform, repeatable, predictable results by removing the rough cast surfaces that restrict the efficiency of critical engine components and performance competence.

"As this year’s Indianapolis 500 showed, winning consistently isn’t just about the fastest car. It’s about precision team performance at top speeds,” says Kennametal Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer John Jacko. “We’re proud Kennametal technology will continue to be part of CGRT’s winning combination."

“We have been in business for 23 years and for 19 of those, Kennametal has been a partner,” said Chip Ganassi, owner of Chip Ganassi Racing Teams. “Their logo is on every one of our cars across all our teams and series. But what really makes the partnership even more important to the race team is how their expertise even helps us on race day. They come to us with many solutions for different mechanical challenges we face. It is great when you have a partner that can do that.”

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