About Chip


Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 30 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 NTT INDYCAR SERIES, two cars in the NASCAR Cup Series and one entry in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Extreme E. In 2016 Ganassi entered the Motorsports Hall of Fame for his many contributions to the world of auto racing, and in 2020 an exhibit titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success” debuted in the legendary Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles in celebration of his team’s 30th Anniversary.

Overall, Ganassi’s teams have won 20 championships dating back to 1990.  In addition, 2016 saw his team pick up their first-ever victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Overall his teams have won six of the seven most iconic races in the world of auto racing with wins in the Indianapolis 500 (4), Daytona 500 (1), the Brickyard 400 (1), 24 Hours of Le Mans (1), Rolex 24 At Daytona (8) and the 12 Hours of Sebring (1).  

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 addition, in early 2011 his sports car team finished off the “Grand Slam” by also winning the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Ganassi became the first owner to hold all four titles at one time.

Following a strong career as a driver, Ganassi created his own one-car Indy car team in 1990 and established a partnership with Target, with whom he maintained one of the longest-running relationships in motorsports history. Today, he can claim partnerships with Monster Energy, McDonald’s, Fiserv, GEARWRENCH, Carvana, PNC Bank, Huski Chocolate, NTT DATA, Honda and General Motors among many others. Through the years, his Indy car teams have amassed 13 championships and over 100 wins - including four in the Indianapolis 500, while overall his teams can claim 20 championships and over 225 victories. His NASCAR teams have 44 wins across the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series, including victories in the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. He manages his teams from state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis, and Concord, N.C., and a corporate office in Pittsburgh.

The Duquesne University graduate was formerly part owner of his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates and is a strong supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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


Highlights from Chip's Career



1982: Chip made his CART debut as a driver

 
1990: Ganassi created his own one-car Indy car team and established a partnership with a new sponsor – Target and has maintained a long-standing relationship with them ever since.


1996: Target Chip Ganassi Racing won its first CART Championship with Jimmy Vasser


2010: Chip became the only team owner in history to win all three crown jewels of racing and he accomplished it in a single season