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December 13, 2013
CGRT Signs Kanaan and Briscoe
Ryan Briscoe to drive No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet and Tony Kanaan replaces Dario Franchitti in No. 10 Target Chevrolet
November 20, 2013
McMurray Wins at Talladega
Jamie McMurray wins the fall NSCS race at Talladega Superspeedway
November 14, 2013
Franchitti Retires
Dario Franchitti forced to retire from racing after injuries sustained in Indy crash at the Grand Prix of Houston
November 05, 2013
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship team moves to Ford Power

3.5 liter eco-Boost engine is utilized in the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship sanctioned by IMSA

October 19, 2013
Dixon Wins Third Championship
Scott Dixon wins his third IndyCar Series Championship (TCGR’s 10th and CGRT’s 17th) on the strength of a series-best four wins
September 27, 2013
Seventh GRAND-AM Championship
Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas win the GRAND-AM Team Championship for the fourth straight year (CGRFS’ seventh and CGRT’s 16th) with two wins
August 30, 2013
New Target NASCAR Driver
CGRFS announces Kyle Larson as the driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet beginning in 2014
August 04, 2013
Kimball Wins Mid-Ohio
Becomes the first and only licensed Indy car driver with diabetes to have won a race at the highest level of open-wheel racing in the United States
July 07, 2013
One-Two-Three Finish
Scott Dixon, Charlie Kimball and Dario Franchitti sweep the podium at the Pocono Raceway IndyCar Series race for the first time in team history
February 24, 2013
New NASCAR Body Style
Changes are made to the NSCS car body style to make them more resemble street cars
November 05, 2013
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship team moves to Ford Power

3.5 liter eco-Boost engine is utilized in the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship sanctioned by IMSA

September 27, 2013
Seventh GRAND-AM Championship
Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas win the GRAND-AM Team Championship for the fourth straight year (CGRFS’ seventh and CGRT’s 16th) with two wins
January 24, 2013
Record Fifth Rolex 24 Win
Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Juan Pablo Montoya and Charlie Kimball win the Rolex 24 At Daytona (CGRFS’ fifth)
September 29, 2012
Sixth GRAND-AM Championship
Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas win the GRAND-AM Daytona Prototype Championship for the third straight year (CGRFS’ sixth and CGRT’s 15th) with two wins
September 29, 2012
GRAND-AM Team Breaks Record
CGRFS' No. 01 GRAND-AM Daytona Prototype team captures the organization’s 15th championship, and becomes the most successful team in series history
September 17, 2011
Fifth GRAND-AM Championship
Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas win the GRAND-AM Daytona Prototype Championship (CGRFS’ fifth and CGRT’s 14th) with five wins
January 30, 2011
Fourth Rolex 24 Win
Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, CGRT teammate Graham Rahal and Joey Hand win the Rolex 24 At Daytona (CGRFS’ fourth)
September 11, 2010
Fourth GRAND-AM Championship
Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas win the GRAND-AM Daytona Prototype Championship (CGRFS’ fourth and CGRT’s 12th) with nine victories in 12 races, which marks the most successful season in GRAND-AM history
January 31, 2010
Moves to BMW Power
GRAND-AM team moves from Lexus to BMW Power with the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona
July 04, 2009
Special GRAND-AM Entry
GRAND-AM team runs a second car for NASCAR regulars Kyle Busch and Scott Speed at the second Daytona race of season
December 13, 2013
CGRT Signs Kanaan and Briscoe
Ryan Briscoe to drive No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet and Tony Kanaan replaces Dario Franchitti in No. 10 Target Chevrolet
November 14, 2013
Franchitti Retires
Dario Franchitti forced to retire from racing after injuries sustained in Indy crash at the Grand Prix of Houston
October 19, 2013
Dixon Wins Third Championship
Scott Dixon wins his third IndyCar Series Championship (TCGR’s 10th and CGRT’s 17th) on the strength of a series-best four wins
August 04, 2013
Kimball Wins Mid-Ohio
Becomes the first and only licensed Indy car driver with diabetes to have won a race at the highest level of open-wheel racing in the United States
July 07, 2013
One-Two-Three Finish
Scott Dixon, Charlie Kimball and Dario Franchitti sweep the podium at the Pocono Raceway IndyCar Series race for the first time in team history
May 27, 2012
Target Car Wins with Number 50
Dario Franchitti wins the Indianapolis 500 while celebrating Target’s 50th year in business by changing the No. 10 car to the No. 50 for one race
March 25, 2012
Turbochargers Return to INDYCAR
INDYCAR returns to turbo engines which included adjustable horsepower numbers to keep speeds sensible and engines more ecological
March 25, 2012
DW12 Chassis Introduced
Chassis is totally redesigned for safety and competition improvements
October 02, 2011
Franchitti Wins Fourth Championship
Dario Franchitti wins his fourth IndyCar Series Championship (TCGR’s ninth and CGRT’s 13th), while Franchitti (four) and Scott Dixon (two) combine to win six races
October 02, 2011
Three Titles for Target
All three titles come in succession 2009-11
November 20, 2013
McMurray Wins at Talladega
Jamie McMurray wins the fall NSCS race at Talladega Superspeedway
August 30, 2013
New Target NASCAR Driver
CGRFS announces Kyle Larson as the driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet beginning in 2014
February 24, 2013
New NASCAR Body Style
Changes are made to the NSCS car body style to make them more resemble street cars
October 16, 2010
McMurray Wins at Charlotte
Jamie McMurray wins for a third time in 2010 for a total of four NSCS wins for EGR
October 16, 2010
Record Season for Ganassi
Jamie McMurray's win at Charlotte Motor Speedway caps off 19 wins across all three series, which marks the most in CGRT's history
August 08, 2010
First NASCAR Win for Target
Juan Pablo Montoya scores Target’s first NSCS win at Watkins Glen
July 25, 2010
Ganassi Makes History
Chip Ganassi becomes the only owner to win both the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same year
February 14, 2010
First Daytona 500 Win
Jamie McMurray returns to EGR and brings home the team's first victory in the Daytona 500
November 22, 2009
Montoya Makes the Chase
Juan Pablo Montoya delivers EGR their first-ever spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and closes out the season with an eighth-place finish in points
February 15, 2009
Move to Chevrolet Engines
NASCAR team debuts Chevrolet engine in the Daytona 500

History


In two dozen racing seasons, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams has grown from a one-car Indy car team sponsored by an energetic young department store chain, to one of the most renowned organizations in the history of motorsports. In no small part, the foundation of that success is based on the sport’s most enduring partnership between a team and its sponsor; a team and sponsor whose drive, ambition and passion for success ideally complement one another.   

It may have taken awhile for Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) to score its first win. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1994 Gold Coast Grand Prix – fully four seasons after debuting in the 1990 CART PPG IndyCar World Series season opener at Phoenix International Raceway – that Michael Andretti captured the team’s first checkered flag. Once on the winning track, however, there’s been no looking back and – as the organization celebrates its 25th season of competition – the trophy cases in CGR’s and Concord, NC shops are filled with hardware celebrating victories and championships from Daytona to Indianapolis, INDYCAR to NASCAR, IMSA and ARCA.

Although the Ganassi organization has stamped its authority across a wide swath of American motorsports in the past quarter century, it is deeply rooted in the sport of Indy car racing, a sport that voted Chip Ganassi its Most Improved Driver in 1983. Indeed, the organization emerged from Ganassi’s brief but enormously successful partnership with Pat Patrick that saw Emerson Fittipaldi win the 1989 Indianapolis 500 and CART PPG Indy Car World Series. Any thoughts Ganassi may have entertained of easily and quickly matching that success in his eponymous team were dashed when first ex-Formula One driver Eddie Cheever and, later, Indianapolis 500 Winner Arie Luyendyk went winless across three seasons of competition.   

The team’s early seasons were not without their highlights – including Cheever’s Indianapolis 500 pole and Luyendyk’s runner-up finish in the Indianapolis 500 – but by mid-’93 Ganassi knew changes were necessary. Big changes. For ’94 he not only hired the most successful Indy car driver of the era in Andretti, he added a second car for Brazilian Formula One émigré Mauricio Gugelimin and forged a partnership to bring renowned chassis-maker Reynard into Indy car racing. It would not be the last time Ganassi forged a game-changing relationship. A year later he boldly switched from Goodyear to Firestone tires, Ford to Honda engines; and for ’96 he hired a relatively unheralded Italian named Alessandro Zanardi to join promising young American driver Jimmy Vasser in his sophomore season on the team.

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