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Chip Ganassi Racing Celebrates 30th Anniversary in 2020

CONCORD, N.C. (February 3, 2020) – Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) will celebrate its 30th Anniversary with the start of the 2020 season, currently fielding five cars across the NASCAR Cup Series and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. CGR, which began in 1990, is recognized as one of the most successful teams in the motorsports industry.

 

Beginning with its first win in the 1994 INDYCAR race in Australia, the organization has compiled historic victories in some of the most iconic races around the globe. CGR has claimed eight wins in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, four Indianapolis 500s, the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In total, CGR has now tallied 19 series championships and more than 220 race victories.

 

Following a strong career as a driver, Team Owner Chip Ganassi now maintains partnerships with PNC Bank, NTT DATA, Monster Energy, Credit One Bank, Clover, McDonald’s, GEARWRENCH, AdventHealth, HUSKI Chocolate, Chevrolet and Honda among many others.

 

Over the years, CGR has won races and championships with eight different manufacturers (Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Toyota, Dodge, Oldsmobile, Lexus and BMW) in seven touring series across NASCAR, INDYCAR, IMSA, WEC, ARCA and GRC.

 

To celebrate the landmark, a year-long, multi-car exhibit titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success” debuted last December in the legendary Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, while CGR plans to roll-out a season-long social media campaign with elements including a commemorative logo throughout the year, a CGR Special Edition Prize Pack for fans, and a CGR Memorable Moments video series.

 

QUOTEBOARD:

 

  • Chip Ganassi, Team Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing: “It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years. I’ve been lucky to have great people, great partners and great drivers work with me in that time. I always tell people I had a fossil fuel-fired youth having raced karts, motorcycles, Indy cars and sports cars. I could have never in my wildest dreams imagined owning a race team back then, and now it’s incredible to see where it is now. I’m not going anywhere, and I think we have a lot of wins and championships left in us. I can’t wait for the 2020 season to open for us in Daytona and St. Petersburg.”

 

CGR NOTES OF INTEREST:

  • Key Statistics: In celebrating the team’s 30th Anniversary, CGR has had 88 drivers (1990-2019), producing 223 wins over 3,630 starts across NASCAR’s Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series, INDYCAR, IMSA, WEC, ARCA and GRC.

 

  • Award Worthy: In 2012, Ganassi was named by Complex Magazine as one of the “50 most influential people in the Auto Industry”. His ranking of 17th was the highest rank for a person from North America from the racing industry. In 2016, Ganassi entered the Motorsports Hall of Fame for his many contributions to the world of auto racing on the strength of being the only team owner in history to win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, Brickyard 400, Rolex 24 At Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2018, Ganassi received the Bruton Smith Legend Award for his success, innovation, and positive example across multiple levels of motorsports.


KEY FACTS AND FIGURES

  • In 2010, Ganassi’s teams turned in an historic season by setting an organization record with 19 wins across three touring series, including victories in the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400, making him the only team owner in history to win all three crown jewels of racing, and he accomplished it in a single season.
  • In 2011, his IMSA team finished off the “Chip Slam” by also winning the Rolex 24 At Daytona, making Ganassi the first owner to hold all four titles at one time.
  • First Win – March 20, 1994 (INDYCAR, Australia, Michael Andretti)
  • First NASCAR Win – August 19, 2001 – (Michigan International Speedway, Sterling Marlin)
  • First Sports Car Win – May 23, 2004 – (Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz)
  • Indianapolis 500 Wins – (2000-Juan Pablo Montoya, 2008-Scott Dixon, 2010-Dario Franchitti, 2012-Dario Franchitti)
  • Daytona 500 – 2010 (Jamie McMurray)
  • Brickyard 400 – 2010 (Jamie McMurray)
  • 12 Hours of Sebring – 2014 (Marino Franchitti, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas)
  • Global Rallycross two-time winner and X-Games Silver Medal Winner (2015, Brian Deegan)
  • 24 Hours of Le Mans – 2016 (Joey Hand, Dirk Muller and Sebastien Bourdais)
  • Rolex 24 At Daytona Wins – (2006-Dan Wheldon, Scott Dixon and Casey Mears, 2007-Scott Pruett, Juan Pablo Montoya and Salvador Duran, 2008-Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Juan Pablo Montoya and Dario Franchitti, 2011-Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Graham Rahal and Joey Hand, 2013- Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Charlie Kimball and Juan Pablo Montoya, 2015-Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson, 2017-Joey Hand, Dirk Muller and Sebastien Bourdais, 2018-Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook)
  • Championships – (INDYCAR – 1996-Jimmy Vasser, 1997-Alex Zanardi, 1998-Alex Zanardi, 1999-Juan Pablo Montoya, 2003-Scott Dixon, 2008-Scott Dixon, 2009-Dario Franchitti, 2010-Dario Franchitti, 2011-Dario Franchitti, 2013-Scott Dixon, 2015-Scott Dixon, 2018-Scott Dixon), (Sports Car – 2004-Scott Pruett and Max Papis, 2006-Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz, 2008-Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, 2010-Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, 2011-Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, 2012-Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, 2013-Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas)
  • 100th Win – July 12, 2008 (INDYCAR, Nashville SuperSpeedway, Scott Dixon)
  • 200th Win – January 28, 2018 (IMSA, Daytona International Speedway, Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook)
  • 223rd Win (most recent) – October 6, 2019 (NASCAR, Dover International Speedway, Kyle Larson)

 

DRIVER LIST A-Z (1990-2019, 88 Total):

 

A.J. Allmendinger
Alex Bowman
Alex Lloyd
Alex Tagliani
Alex Zanardi
Alexander Wurz
Andy Priaulx
Aric Almirola
Arie Luyendyk
Billy Johnson
Brendon Hartley
Brennan Poole
Brian Deegan
Bruno Junqueira
Bryan Clauson
Bryan Herta
Casey Mears
Charlie Kimball
Cort Wagner
Dan Wheldon
Dane Cameron
Dario Franchitti
Darren Manning
David Stremme
Dirk Muller
Dorsey Schroeder
Ed Jones
Eddie Cheever
Felix Rosenqvist
Giorgio Pantano
Graham Rahal
Harry Tincknell
Jamie McMurray
Jaques Lazier
Jason Leffler
Jeff Ward
Jimmy Morales
Jimmy Spencer
Jimmy Vasser
Joey Hand
John Hunter Nemechek
Jonathan Bomarito
Juan Pablo Montoya
Justin Marks
Justin Wilson
Kenny Brack
Kevin Hamlin
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Kyle Krisiloff
Kyle Larson
Lance Stroll
Luis Diaz
Marino Franchitti
Martin Truex Jr.
Mauricio Gugelmin
Max Chilton
Max Papis
Memo Gidley
Memo Rojas
Michael Andretti
Michael Valiante
Nicolas Minassian
Olivia Pla
Pipo Derani
Reed Sorenson
Regan Smith
Richard Westbrook
Rob Finlay
Robby Gordon
Ross Chastain
Ryan Briscoe
Sage Karam
Salvador Duran
Scott Dixon
Scott Lagasse Jr.
Scott Pruett
Scott Speed
Sebastien Bourdais
Sebastian Saavedra
Stefan Johansson
Stefan Mucke
Sterling Marlin
Steve Arpin
Tomas Scheckter
Tony Kanaan
Tony Stewart
Tyler Reddick

Chip Ganassi Racing Partners with Huski Chocolate for No. 8 Indy Car in 2020

Chip Ganassi Racing Partners with Huski Chocolate for No. 8 Indy Car in 2020

Huski Chocolate will Become Primary Partner on third entry with Marcus Ericsson

 

INDIANAPOLIS (January 14, 2020) – Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that Huski Chocolate will be joining the team as a primary partner on the recently announced No. 8 Honda in the NTT IndyCar Series for 29-year-old Swede Marcus Ericsson beginning in 2020. Huski Chocolate completes the 2020 lineup of primary partners for the team, which also features PNC Bank and NTT DATA on the No. 9 and No. 10 cars driven by five-time NTT IndyCar Series Champion, Indianapolis 500 and 46-time winner Scott Dixon, and 2019 Rookie of the Year Felix Rosenqvist, respectively.

Huski Chocolate’s headquarters are located in Stockholm, Sweden, and they currently maintain sports-related partnerships with McLaren in Formula 1, as well as the Millwall Football Club who compete in the English Football League Championship – the second tier of English football after the Premier League.

NOTES OF INTEREST:

  • About Huski Chocolate: Huski Chocolate was born in the mountains of Arctic Sweden where their Hot Chocolate became a legendary drink of choice amongst elite skiers and adventurers. The unique Huski taste is created using all-natural ingredients combined with real cocoa, cocoa butter and secret spices, delivering an unrivalled chocolate experience to fuel adventure. Combined with a new ready to drink iced chocolate, Huski Chocolate is now growing around the world, taking chocolate lovers to the mountains of Arctic Sweden in every sip!
  • About Marcus Ericsson: Prior to his rookie season in INDYCAR in 2019, the Kumla, Sweden native most recently completed his fifth year in Formula 1 in 2018 with a total of 97 starts. Ericsson is a two-time champion (Formula BMW UK, 2007; Japanese Formula Three, 2009), and has twice claimed the Swedish Junior Racer of the Year award (2007, 2009). Ericsson also previously competed in British Formula Three, GP2 Asia and GP2.

QUOTEBOARD: 

  • Stanton Barrett, CEO, Huski Chocolate Americas: “This partnership is a great fit for our entire company. We have watched Marcus in Formula 1 and last year’s transition into INDYCAR. Marcus has great potential and now he can capitalize on his talents by teaming up with Chip Ganassi Racing in INDYCAR. This partnership with my friend Chip and CGR, a 12-time INDYCAR Champion team, is a critical and valuable platform to reach a strong racing fan base in North and South America. As Huski Chocolate continues expanding into important markets for our B2B and B2C products, CGR and Marcus will continue to pave the way for success on and off the track for Huski Chocolate. We can’t wait to get the season started in St. Petersburg with the Huski Chocolate Honda on the grid.”
  • Doug Duchardt, COO, Chip Ganassi Racing: “The Huski partnership is great news for CGR and the No. 8 team, and completes our lineup several months in advance of the 2020 season. We’re looking forward to having Huski Chocolate join the team and helping them build their brand in the United States.”

Chip Ganassi Racing to Field Third NTT IndyCar Series Entry with Marcus Ericsson in 2020

SOURCE: Chip Ganassi Racing PR Swede to drive the No. 8 Honda alongside Scott Dixon and Felix Rosenqvist INDIANAPOLIS (October 8, 2019) – Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that 29-year-old Swede Marcus Ericsson will join the team’s NTT IndyCar Series program in a third car, the No. 8 Honda beginning in 2020. He will team…

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DMACC Partners with Chip Ganassi Racing and Iowa Speedway to Offer Exclusive Internship for DMACC Automotive Students

Students will complete 8-10-week internship at Chip Ganassi Racing HQ in Indianapolis NEWTON, Iowa (June 24, 2019) – Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), the largest undergraduate college in Iowa, is partnering with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) and Iowa Speedway on a new internship program available exclusively to DMACC Automotive students. DMACC students who are selected for the internship will spend 8-10 weeks…

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Guardian Alarm Partners with Chip Ganassi Racing for Multiple Races Across NASCAR and INDYCAR

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (May 30, 2019) –Guardian Alarm, Michigan’s largest, privately-held security company announced today a business partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR). The deal will see Guardian branding on the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda of Five-Time NTT IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon, who has the most wins of any active NTT IndyCar Series driver, as well…

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Insurance Brokerage Firm Hylant Set to Partner with Chip Ganassi Racing

  INDIANAPOLIS (March 6, 2019) – Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today a multi-year partnership with Hylant, one of the largest privately held insurance brokerage firms in the United States. In addition to serving as the official insurance partner to CGR, the deal will also see Hylant branding on the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda…

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INDYCAR – Felix Rosenqvist Will Join Chip Ganassi Racing’s IndyCar Series Program Beginning in 2019

A few quick notes from Steve:

  • Since team owner Chip Ganassi made it clear the Indianapolis, Ind. based team would only be two cars in 2019, this means that sophomore Ed Jones is looking for a job.
  • TSO has been in touch with Jones, and the 2016 Indy Lights champion told us that he is exploring multiple options for 2019.
  • Rosenqvist will be returning to the USA after two seasons in Formula E (among other series). The Swedish driver won three races in 10 Indy Lights starts in 2016.

 

Felix Rosenqvist Will Join Chip Ganassi Racing’s IndyCar Series Program Beginning in 2019

 

NTT DATA Renews as Part of a Multi-Year Deal on the No. 10 Honda

 

INDIANAPOLIS (September 28, 2018) – Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that 26-year-old Swede Felix Rosenqvist will join the team’s IndyCar Series program in the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda beginning in 2019. He will team up with five-time and reigning IndyCar Series Champion, Indianapolis 500 and 44-time race winner Scott Dixon.

 

Longtime partner NTT DATA has also renewed with CGR as part of a new multi-year deal to carry on as primary partner of the No. 10 Honda.

 

NOTES OF INTEREST:

 

  • About Felix Rosenqvist: In the 2017-2018 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, Rosenqvist scored two wins and three pole positions en route to a sixth-place finish in the Championship. The 2016 season was his first in Formula E, where he secured Mahindra Racing’s first win in the series and ended the season as the highest-placing rookie with a third-place finish in the Championship. He also contested a partial Indy Lights season that year with three wins in just 10 races. Prior to that, Rosenqvist won the 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship (after contesting the series from 2012-2015), the 2009 Formula Renault 2.0 NEZ and Formula Renault 2.0 Sweden titles, and the 2008 Formula Renault 2.0 Asia Championship. He has also competed in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in DTM for Mercedes-Benz.

 

  • Not the first time: Rosenqvist has actually driven a Chip Ganassi Racing-prepared Indy car on two previous occasions. He tested for the team alongside Scott Dixon at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in both 2016 and 2017.

 

  • NTT DATA and CGR: NTT DATA began its relationship with the team in 2013 at the Indianapolis 500 partnering on the No. 8 NTT DATA Indy car. Following the Indianapolis 500, NTT DATA maintained an associate partnership with CGR on the No. 83 Indy car of Charlie Kimball. In addition, the company fielded an IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Tony Kanaan in the No. 02 NTT DATA car. NTT DATA became a primary partner on the No. 8 entry, driven by Ryan Briscoe, for the 2014 IndyCar Series season, and then for the No. 10 entry, driven by Tony Kanaan, for the 2015-2017 seasons. Ed Jones piloted the entry in 2018 for CGR. NTT DATA continues to be an associate sponsor on the No. 9 entry, driven by Scott Dixon, as it has since 2017. NTT DATA is also the official IT services partner to CGR.

 

QUOTEBOARD:

 

  • Chip Ganassi, Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing: “Felix has become familiar with our team and has worked in our system a little bit after coming over to test with us on a few occasions. Our management and engineering groups, along with the entire team, were impressed by his ability. The time was right to get him in the No. 10 car and I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that we are confident about what he can do behind the wheel next season. In addition, we are extremely proud to announce that NTT DATA has renewed with us as part of a multi-year deal. They have been a fantastic partner of the team and big advocates for the sport for a number of years and we are pleased to see it move into the future.”

 

  • Felix Rosenqvist, Driver, No. 10 NTT DATA Honda: “To say I’m thrilled or excited to be making this step in my career would be an understatement. Coming to INDYCAR and driving for Chip is just a dream come true. I’ve followed the team for as long as I can remember, and it’s the kind of team and owner any driver would want to race for. Scott has had another tremendous season with three wins and a fifth title, so you absolutely couldn’t ask for anything more in a teammate. I can’t wait to start contributing to the team and getting to spend more time with everyone at NTT DATA.”

 

  • John McCain, Chairman, NTT DATA Services: “Together, NTT DATA and Chip Ganassi Racing have proven to be a championship team, and we are proud to continue our longstanding partnership. INDYCAR is the pinnacle of racing, and with Felix and Scott behind the wheel, the Ganassi team will continue to the set the standard for peak performance.”

Scott Dixon Signs Multi-Year Deal with Chip Ganassi Racing Beginning in 2019

Scott Dixon Signs Multi-Year Deal with Chip Ganassi Racing Beginning in 2019

 

Kiwi Leads INDYCAR Points on the Strength of Series-Leading Three Wins in 2018

 

INDIANAPOLIS (August 13, 2018) – Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that four-time INDYCAR Champion, 44-time Winner and Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon has signed a multi-year deal with its Verizon IndyCar Series team that will see the 38-year-old Kiwi begin a CGR record 18th season in 2019 behind the wheel of the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda.

 

NOTES OF INTEREST:

 

  • About Scott Dixon: Often referred to as the best Indy car driver of his generation, Dixon holds the distinction of having the most wins of any active Verizon IndyCar Series driver (44), which ranks third all-time – only behind legendary drivers A.J. Foyt (67) and Mario Andretti (52). The 2018 season is his 17thdriving for CGR, the longest tenure for any driver in team history. Dixon is currently leading the Verizon IndyCar Series point’s championship by +46 on the strength of a series-best three wins (Detroit I, Texas and Toronto) with four rounds remaining. He recently became just the ninth driver to compete in 300 races – and was the youngest to reach the milestone – joining Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Al Unser Jr., Johnny Rutherford, Michael Andretti, Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves.
  • Chip Ganassi Racing and INDYCAR:CGR’s Verizon IndyCar Series teams have amassed 11 championships and more than 100 wins, while overall (including teams across NASCAR and IMSA) CGR can claim 18 championships and over 200 wins. The 2018 season marked the team’s 29th of Indy car competition.
  • Dixon Documentary Debut: In May of 2017, Dixon joined Team Owner Chip Ganassi and officials from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Group (UPHE Content Group) prior to the Indianapolis 500 to announce production of Born Racer, a feature-length documentary. A powerful and inspirational story of dedication, fear and one athlete’s will to defy personal limitations, the documentary will blend cutting-edge race footage, intimate observational filming and unparalleled access to Dixon, Ganassi and the race team, and those who know the driver best to present a seminal study of one of the greatest race teams in motor sports. The film was shot in the U.S., New Zealand and France and is scheduled to debut this Fall.

QUOTEBOARD:

 

Chip Ganassi, Team Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing:

  • “I think when you mention the name Scott Dixon, the numbers and the records start to speak for themselves. We have achieved a lot together, but there are no signs of him slowing down. He’s still the guy the championship goes through, and you know you have to beat him to get on the top step. He’s a driver that’s always thinking about the next race and how he’s going to approach it, attack it and ultimately win it. I’m very happy that we have the opportunity to continue this relationship and look forward to many more successful years together.”

 

Scott Dixon, Driver, No. 9 PNC Bank Honda:

  • “I have always said I have a massive amount of respect for Chip and what he’s done in this sport. This is not an easy business. His resume speaks for itself, and he’s the type of team owner any driver would want to drive for. He gives you the tools you need to go out and get the job done, with the right group of people. This team has been like a family to me since way back in 2002, and I’m glad I’ll be here trying to fight for more wins, championships and Indianapolis 500s for years to come.”P

INDYCAR – PNC BANK ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP OF NO. 9 CHIP GANASSI RACING INDYCAR DRIVEN BY SCOTT DIXON

PNC BANK ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP OF NO. 9 CHIP GANASSI RACING INDYCAR DRIVEN BY SCOTT DIXON · PNC Bank’s first-ever Verizon IndyCar Series primary sponsorship · PNC-sponsored car will appear at the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 6, 2018 – PNC Bank and Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR), today announced an agreement designating PNC…

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CHIP GANASSI RACING NAMES DOUG DUCHARDT CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Max Jones Promoted to Managing Director of the Team’s NASCAR Operation CONCORD, NC (Jan. 3, 2018) – Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that long-time racing executive Doug Duchardt has been named Chief Operating Officer of the corporation. Duchardt begins the role effective immediately in preparation for the upcoming 2018 seasons while Max Jones is promoted…

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