Chip Ganassi

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Chip Ganassi
Chip Ganassi.jpg
Ganassi at a race in 2006
Born Floyd Ganassi, Jr
(1958-05-24)May 24, 1958
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Residence Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania
Other names Chip Ganassi
Education B.A. Finance
Alma mater Duquesne University
Occupation Owner and CEO, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
Years active 1990–present
Employer Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
Home town Pittsburgh
Website
ChipGanassiRacing.com

Floyd "Chip" Ganassi, Jr (born May 24, 1958) is a former American racecar driver and current racecar owner.

He is currently the owner and CEO of Chip Ganassi Racing which operates teams on the IndyCar Series, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and Tudor United SportsCar Championship. His NASCAR operation was formerly under the banner Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, after a partnership with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. in 2009.

His teams have won four Indianapolis 500 races and nine IndyCar Series championships, five Rolex 24 At Daytonas and six GRAND-AM championships Rolex Sports Car Series and one Daytona 500.

On February 14, 2010, Jamie McMurray won the Daytona 500 in a Ganassi-owned car, and on May 30, 2010, Dario Franchitti won the Indianapolis 500 in one of Ganassi's cars, making him the first owner to win both races in the same year and joining Roger Penske as the only owners to win both races all time. On July 25, 2010, McMurray won the Brickyard 400, making Chip Ganassi the first team owner to win the "Triple Crown" of American auto racing. On January 30, 2011 his GRAND-AM team won the 24 Hours at Daytona, making Ganassi the first owner ever to win the Daytona 500, the Indy 500, the Brickyard 400, and the 24 Hours at Daytona inside a 12 months period.

IndyCar driver and race team owner[edit]

Ganassi won his first auto race in a Formula Ford at the age of 18.[1] He began his CART (Champ Car) racing career in 1982 upon graduating from Duquesne and competed in the Indianapolis 500 five times, with a best finish of 8th in 1983. His career was cut short by a big crash that injured him at Michigan in 1984,[2] although he returned to race briefly in CART and IMSA in 1986,[2] Ganassi purchased an interest in Patrick Racing in 1988[2]—a team he had raced with before in 1984—and was part of the team that won the 1989 Indianapolis 500. In 1990, he split off and formed his own team, Chip Ganassi Racing, with Target as the principal sponsor. He also became active in the NASCAR circuit.

He currently operates two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, three cars in the IZOD IndyCar Series, and one car in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype class.

His CART/IndyCar Series drivers have included Michael Andretti, Jimmy Vasser, Alex Zanardi, Scott Dixon, Bruno Junqueira, Juan Pablo Montoya, Tony Renna, Jeff Ward, Bryan Herta, Robby Gordon, Ryan Briscoe, Kenny Bräck, Tomas Scheckter, Darren Manning, Jacques Lazier, Nicolas Minassian, Tony Stewart, Memo Gidley, Dario Franchitti, Giorgio Pantano, Alex Lloyd, and Dan Wheldon. His NASCAR drivers have included Sterling Marlin, Jason Leffler, Dorsey Schroeder, Scott Pruett, Aric Almirola, Bryan Clauson, Kevin Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Reed Sorenson, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, Jimmy Spencer, David Stremme, Montoya, and Franchitti.

Ganassi teams have won CART titles in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 and IndyCar Series championships in 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. His teams have also won the Indianapolis 500 with Juan Pablo Montoya in 2000, with Scott Dixon in 2008 and with Franchitti in 2010 and 2012, as well as 89 IndyCar Series races. His NASCAR race team is based in Concord, North Carolina. The IndyCar Series teams are located in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Indiana.

Ganassi's GRAND-AM teams have won six titles - 2004 (Scott Pruett and Max Papis), 2006 (Pruett and Luis Diaz), 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 (Pruett and Memo Rojas). This teams have also won five Rolex 24 At Daytonas - 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2013.

1984 Michigan 500[edit]

In the 1984 Michigan 500, Ganassi cut a tire and got into Al Unser Jr. on the backstretch. They drifted into the infield. Unser hit the inside guardrail nose-first, while Ganassi's car got airborne and slammed top-first into the guardrail with Ganassi's head hitting the rail. Ganassi's car disentigrated in midair. Ganassi suffered smoke inhalation, a concussion, a broken sternum and collarbone and many contusions. This effectively ended Ganassi's driving career.

Personal life[edit]

Ganassi was formerly a vice president of FRG Group, his father's organization involved in commercial real estate, transportation and other areas.[1] In addition to his racing interests, he is also a former minority owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates major league baseball team.

On August 19, 2013, Ganassi's father Floyd died at the age of 87.[3][4]

He graduated with a degree in finance from Duquesne University in 1982.[5] He received an Honorary Doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011.

He currently resides in the Pittsburgh suburb of Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania.

Racing record[edit]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

CART[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1981 Brayton Racing United States
PHX1
United States
MIL1
United States
ATL1
United States
ATL2
United States
MIS
United States
RIV
United States
MIL2
United States
MIS2
United States
WGL
Mexico
MEX
United States
PHX2
DNQ
NC -
1982 Rhoades Racing United States
PHX1
Ret
United States
ATL
United States
MIL1
United States
CLE
Ret
United States
MIS1
Ret
United States
MIL2
United States
POC
Ret
United States
RIV
United States
ROA
United States
MIS2
16
United States
PHX2
34th 10
1983 Patrick Racing United States
ATL
United States
INDY
8
United States
MIL
United States
CLE
Ret
United States
MIS1
8
United States
ROA
Ret
United States
POC
Ret
United States
RIV
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
MIS2
6
United States
LVG
3
United States
LS
3
United States
PHX
5
9th 56
1984 Patrick Racing United States
LBH
Ret
United States
PHX1
11
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
11
United States
POR
Ret
United States
MEA
9
United States
CLE
2
United States
MIS1
Ret
United States
ROA
United States
POC
United States
MDO
Canada
SAN
United States
MIS2
United States
PHX2
United States
LS
United States
LVG
20th 24
1985 A.J. Foyt Enterprises United States
LBH
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
POR
United States
MEA
United States
CLE
51st 0
Machinists Union United States
MIS1
Ret
United States
ROA
United States
POC
United States
MDO
Canada
SAN
United States
MIS2
United States
LS
United States
PHX
United States
MIA
1986 Machinists Union United States
PHX1
14
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
POR
United States
MEA
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS1
United States
POC
United States
MDO
Canada
SAN
United States
MIS2
United States
ROA
United States
LS
United States
PHX2
United States
MIA
43rd 0

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Class No Tyres Car Team Co-Drivers Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1987 C1 62 M Sauber C6
Mercedes-Benz M137 5.0L Turbo V8
Switzerland Kouros Racing United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries
New Zealand Mike Thackwell
37 DNF DNF

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vettraino, J.T. (September 17, 2012). "Inside His Mind". Autoweek 62 (19): 70–75. 
  2. ^ a b c Wicker, Ned. IndyCar Champion - A Season with Target/Chip Ganassi Racing, Motorbooks International, 1997, page 10
  3. ^ Cain, Holly (2013-08-19). "Floyd Ganassi passes away at 87". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  4. ^ Cavin, Curt (2013-08-19). "Chip Ganassi's father Floyd dies at age of 87". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  5. ^ Wicker, Ned. IndyCar Champion - A Season with Target/Chip Ganassi Racing, Motorbooks International, 1997, page 9

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