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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
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
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
September 18, 2011
Dixon Wins on Backup Course in Japan
Dixon wins on backup road course layout after the Motegi oval was damaged in an earthquake
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)
January 30, 2011
CGRT Makes Motor Racing History
Chip Ganassi wins what became coined as the “Chip Slam” of motor racing by winning the four major motorsports events in a 12-month period with victories in the 2010 Daytona 500, 2010 Indianapolis 500, 2010 Brickyard 400 and the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona
December 16, 2010
New INDYCAR Teams Added
CGRT announces the expansion of a second two-car team to their IndyCar Series stable with drivers Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball
December 10, 2010
Ganassi Lifetime Achievement Award
As a result of his team's record-breaking season in 2010, AUTOSPORT recognizes Chip Ganassi with a John Bolster Lifetime Achievement Award
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
October 02, 2010
Franchitti Wins Third Championship
Dario Franchitti wins his third IndyCar Series Championship (TCGR’s eighth and CGRT’s 11th), with Franchitti (three) and Scott Dixon (three) combining to win six races
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
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
May 31, 2010
Special Photo Opportunity at IMS
Jamie McMurray surprises Chip Ganassi and Dario Franchitti after their Indianapolis 500 win by showing up at Indianapolis with the Daytona 500 trophy for a special photo
May 30, 2010
Franchitti Wins Indianapolis 500
Dario Franchitti wins his second Indianapolis 500 (TCGR’s third)
February 14, 2010
First Daytona 500 Win
Jamie McMurray returns to EGR and brings home the team's first victory in the Daytona 500
January 31, 2010
Moves to BMW Power
GRAND-AM team moves from Lexus to BMW Power with the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona
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
October 10, 2009
INDYCAR Team Sets Record
Franchitti (five) and Scott Dixon (five) combine to win 10 races en route to a one-two sweep of the point standings
October 10, 2009
Franchitti Wins Second Championship
Franchitti wins the IndyCar Series Championship (TCGR’s seventh and CGRT’s 10th)
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
February 15, 2009
Move to Chevrolet Engines
NASCAR team debuts Chevrolet engine in the Daytona 500
November 12, 2008
EGR is Formed
CGRFS partners with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. to form Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (EGR) in the NSCS
October 20, 2008
Third GRAND-AM Championship
Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas win the GRAND-AM Daytona Prototype Championship (CGRFS’ third and CGRT’s ninth) with six wins
September 07, 2008
Dixon Wins Championship
Scott Dixon wins his second Championship (TCGR’s sixth and CGRT’s eighth) in the newly-combined IndyCar Series (after Champ Car and IRL merge)
September 02, 2008
Franchitti Back to INDYCAR
TCGR hires NSCS driver Dario Franchitti for the IndyCar Series to replace Dan Wheldon in the No. 10 Target car beginning in 2009
May 25, 2008
Dixon Indianapolis 500 Win
Scott Dixon wins TCGR's second Indianapolis 500 from pole position
May 10, 2008
Dixon Wins Pole Position at Indianapolis
Scott Dixon wins TCGR's third pole position for the Indianapolis 500
February 17, 2008
Car of Tomorrow Debuts
NASCAR starts over with a chassis design and new safety features, which include bigger windows and more area around driver to make the cars look more like street cars
January 27, 2008
New GRAND-AM Look
GRAND-AM changes the look of the Daytona Prototype
January 27, 2008
Third Rolex 24 Win
Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and NSCS teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Dario Franchitti win an unprecedented third consecutive Rolex 24 At Daytona (CGRFS’ third)
October 20, 2007
Franchitti to NASCAR
CGRFS hires reigning Indianapolis 500 Winner and IRL Champion Dario Franchitti to run in the NSCS full-time and debuts in CGRFS' only NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race ever
July 13, 2007
Record Win for Pruett
Pruett becomes the winningest driver in GRAND-AM series history with 14 career victories
June 24, 2007
Montoya Wins at Sonoma
Juan Pablo Montoya scores his first victory at Sonoma Raceway en route to the NSCS Rookie of the Year title
January 28, 2007
Second Rolex 24 Win
Scott Pruett, CGRFS teammate Juan Pablo Montoya and Salvador Duran win the team’s second straight Rolex 24 At Daytona (CGRFS’ second)
November 16, 2006
Montoya NSCS Debut
Juan Pablo Montoya makes NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway
October 28, 2006
Montoya Nationwide Debut
Juan Pablo Montoya starts ninth and finished 11th in his NASCAR debut
September 10, 2006
One-Two Finish at Chicagoland
Dan Wheldon (two) and Scott Dixon (two) combine for four wins
September 02, 2006
Second GRAND-AM Championship
Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz win six races en route to the GRAND-AM Team Championship (CGRFS’ second and CGRT’s seventh)
July 09, 2006
Montoya Joins NASCAR Team
CGRFS announces Juan Pablo Montoya as the driver of No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge to begin in 2007
January 29, 2006
First Rolex 24 Win
Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon pair with CGRFS NASCAR teammate Casey Mears and win the team’s first Rolex 24 At Daytona
November 25, 2005
TCGR Hires Wheldon
TCGR hires reigning Indianapolis 500 Winner and IRL Champion Dan Wheldon to drive the No. 10 Target Indy car
September 25, 2005
Win at Watkins Glen
TCGR's Scott Dixon wins at Watkins Glen, which marks the only win of the 2005 season for the team
March 06, 2005
TCGR Expands
TCGR fields three full-time IRL entries for Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Darren Manning
February 18, 2005
NASCAR Expansion
Driving duties shared between Reed Sorenson and Casey Mears
February 18, 2005
First Full-time Nationwide Driver
Reed Sorenson begins with CGRFS at the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway
November 06, 2004
First Nationwide Win
Jamie McMurray wins at Phoenix International Raceway
October 31, 2004
First GRAND-AM Championship
Team scores four wins and 11 poles in 12 races en route to the Daytona Prototype Team and Driver Championship with drivers Scott Pruett and Max Papis, marking the sixth-overall title for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT)
September 04, 2004
First Nationwide Pole
Casey Mears wins pole position at California Speedway
January 31, 2004
First GRAND-AM Pole
CGRFS finishes sixth with drivers Scott Pruett, Max Papas, Jimmy Morales and Scott Dixon
November 16, 2003
McMurray Wins NCSC Rookie of the Year
Jamie McMurray wins the NSCS Rookie of the Year title, which marks the first title for the CGRFS NASCAR team
October 12, 2003
Fifth Indy Car Championship
Scott Dixon captures the Championship (TCGR’s fifth) in his first full season with three wins
September 01, 2003
GRAND-AM Team Formed
CGRFS purchases two Riley Daytona Prototype chassis and begin preparing for the team's first Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2004
March 02, 2003
TCGR Switches to IRL
TGCR switches from CART to IRL competition and Scott Dixon wins in first IRL race at Homestead-Miami Speedway
February 13, 2003
NASCAR Team Expands
Drivers Sterling Marlin, Janie McMurray and Casey Mears combine to form the CGRFS NASCAR lineup
November 17, 2002
Brack Wins in Mexico City
Kenny Brack wins in the 2002 CART season finale in Mexico City, along with Bruno Junqueira (two) combine for three wins
October 13, 2002
McMurray Wins in Second Start
Driver Jamie McMurray steps in for Sterling Marlin and wins in his second-career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway
September 29, 2002
Marlin Injured at Kansas
Sterling Marlin led the NSCS points for 22 weeks with two wins, but misses the remainder of the season due to injury at Kansas
June 08, 2002
TCGR Wins in the IRL
Driver Jeff Ward wins at Texas Motor Speedway in TCGR's first season of IRL competition
June 02, 2002
TCGR Expands
Scott Dixon joins team full-time from PACWEST Racing beginning in Milwaukee
May 12, 2002
TCGR Wins Second Pole at Indianapolis
Bruno Junqueira wins TCGR's second Indianapolis 500 pole position
February 01, 2002
Target Enters NASCAR
Jimmy Spencer becomes first Team Target driver in NASCAR with CGRFS
October 07, 2001
Second NASCAR Win
CGRFS driver Sterling Marlin led 135 of 334 laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway to claim the team's second win in NASCAR
August 19, 2001
First NASCAR Win
CGRFS driver Sterling Marlin leads 18 of 162 laps at Michigan International Speedway to claim the team's first win in NASCAR on the same day Bruno Junqueira wins the CART race at Road America
March 02, 2001
TCGR Joins IRL
TCGR enters car for Jeff Ward to contest the full 2002 IRL season in addition to a two-car effort in CART
February 18, 2001
Dodge Debuts
CGRFS hires drivers Sterling Marlin and Jason Leffler in the team's first year
February 02, 2001
NASCAR Team Created
Chip Ganassi purchases the majority interest in Team Sabco from owner Felix Sabates in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), forming a two-car team, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS)
October 29, 2000
Four-Win Season
Juan Pablo Montoya (three) and Jimmy Vasser (one) combined for four wins
May 28, 2000
TCGR Returns to Indianapolis and Wins
TCGR is the first CART team to return to the Indianapolis 500 after a four-year absence following the split with the Indy Racing League (IRL)
March 26, 2000
Move to Toyota Engines
Starts run of six seasons with Toyota power from 2000-05 in CART
October 31, 1999
Fourth Championship
CART Rookie sensation Juan Montoya wins the Rookie of the Year Title, marking an unprecedented fourth-consecutive CART Championship for TCGR
October 31, 1999
Seven-Win Season
Juan Pablo Montoya wins seven CART races
November 01, 1998
10-Win Season
Alex Zanardi (seven) and Jimmy Vasser (three) combine for 10 wins
November 01, 1998
Third Championship
TCGR captures its third consecutive CART Championship with Alex Zanardi
September 27, 1997
Second Championship
TCGR wins its second consecutive CART Championship with Alex Zanardi
September 27, 1997
Six-Win Season
Alex Zanardi (five) and Jimmy Vasser (one) combine for six wins
July 13, 1997
Zanardi and Doughnuts
Alex Zanardi does a doughnut in his Indy car at Cleveland after winning from pole, making it his signature move
September 08, 1996
The Pass
Alex Zanardi stuns the racing world with a last-lap pass of Bryan Herta on the inside of the famous cork screw at Laguna Seca for the win
September 08, 1996
First Championship
Jimmy Vasser wins his first CART Championship at Laguna Seca, marking TCGR's first Championship
September 08, 1996
Seven-Win Season
Jimmy Vasser (four) and Alex Zanardi (three) combine for seven wins
September 08, 1996
TCGR Wins Second ROTY Title
Alex Zanardi earns TCGR its second Rookie of the Year title following the season finale at Laguna Seca
March 06, 1996
Moved to Honda Engines
TCGR moves to Honda Power starting with the 1996 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, beginning a run with the manufacturer from 1996-99
March 20, 1994
First Win
Michael Andretti wins TCGR's first race at the season-opener in Australia – also first race with Reynard chassis
March 20, 1994
Second Full-Time Entry

TCGR expands to two CART teams for the first time with drivers Michael Andretti and Mauricio Gugelmin 

October 03, 1993
Record Podium Finishes
Arie Luyendyk finishes on the podium at Indianapolis, Michigan and Laguna Seca and TCGR sets their record for most podium finishes in a season
May 15, 1993
TCGR Wins Pole at Indianapolis
Arie Luyendyk wins TCGR's first Indianapolis 500 pole position
May 24, 1992
Second Indy car at Indianapolis
Team runs two cars at the Indianapolis 500 for drivers Eddie Cheever and Arie Luyendyk
March 17, 1992
Team Changes to Ford Engine
1992 CART season starts run of four seasons with Ford Power 1992-95
October 21, 1991
Team Set Record For Top-10 Finishes in Season
12 top-10 finishes eclipses the previous record of 9 top-10 results set in the 1991 CART season
March 17, 1991
First-ever Front Row Starting Position For TCGR
Driver Eddie Cheever opens the season with a second-place qualifying effort - the best in team history to that point
October 21, 1990
Eddie Cheever Named CART Rookie of Year
TCGR's first driver Eddie Cheever wins the CART Rookie of the Year title
April 08, 1990
Use of Lola Indy car Chassis
TCGR's first race with driver Eddie Cheever starts run of using Lola chassis 1990-93
April 01, 1990
Target Chip Ganassi Racing is Formed
Target Chip Ganassi Racing
Chip Ganassi partners with Target to create a one-car CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) Indy car team, Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR)
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
September 18, 2011
Dixon Wins on Backup Course in Japan
Dixon wins on backup road course layout after the Motegi oval was damaged in an earthquake
December 16, 2010
New INDYCAR Teams Added
CGRT announces the expansion of a second two-car team to their IndyCar Series stable with drivers Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball
December 10, 2010
Ganassi Lifetime Achievement Award
As a result of his team's record-breaking season in 2010, AUTOSPORT recognizes Chip Ganassi with a John Bolster Lifetime Achievement Award
October 02, 2010
Franchitti Wins Third Championship
Dario Franchitti wins his third IndyCar Series Championship (TCGR’s eighth and CGRT’s 11th), with Franchitti (three) and Scott Dixon (three) combining to win six races
May 31, 2010
Special Photo Opportunity at IMS
Jamie McMurray surprises Chip Ganassi and Dario Franchitti after their Indianapolis 500 win by showing up at Indianapolis with the Daytona 500 trophy for a special photo
May 30, 2010
Franchitti Wins Indianapolis 500
Dario Franchitti wins his second Indianapolis 500 (TCGR’s third)
October 10, 2009
INDYCAR Team Sets Record
Franchitti (five) and Scott Dixon (five) combine to win 10 races en route to a one-two sweep of the point standings
October 10, 2009
Franchitti Wins Second Championship
Franchitti wins the IndyCar Series Championship (TCGR’s seventh and CGRT’s 10th)
September 07, 2008
Dixon Wins Championship
Scott Dixon wins his second Championship (TCGR’s sixth and CGRT’s eighth) in the newly-combined IndyCar Series (after Champ Car and IRL merge)
September 02, 2008
Franchitti Back to INDYCAR
TCGR hires NSCS driver Dario Franchitti for the IndyCar Series to replace Dan Wheldon in the No. 10 Target car beginning in 2009
May 25, 2008
Dixon Indianapolis 500 Win
Scott Dixon wins TCGR's second Indianapolis 500 from pole position
May 10, 2008
Dixon Wins Pole Position at Indianapolis
Scott Dixon wins TCGR's third pole position for the Indianapolis 500
September 10, 2006
One-Two Finish at Chicagoland
Dan Wheldon (two) and Scott Dixon (two) combine for four wins
November 25, 2005
TCGR Hires Wheldon
TCGR hires reigning Indianapolis 500 Winner and IRL Champion Dan Wheldon to drive the No. 10 Target Indy car
September 25, 2005
Win at Watkins Glen
TCGR's Scott Dixon wins at Watkins Glen, which marks the only win of the 2005 season for the team
March 06, 2005
TCGR Expands
TCGR fields three full-time IRL entries for Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Darren Manning
October 12, 2003
Fifth Indy Car Championship
Scott Dixon captures the Championship (TCGR’s fifth) in his first full season with three wins
March 02, 2003
TCGR Switches to IRL
TGCR switches from CART to IRL competition and Scott Dixon wins in first IRL race at Homestead-Miami Speedway
November 17, 2002
Brack Wins in Mexico City
Kenny Brack wins in the 2002 CART season finale in Mexico City, along with Bruno Junqueira (two) combine for three wins
June 08, 2002
TCGR Wins in the IRL
Driver Jeff Ward wins at Texas Motor Speedway in TCGR's first season of IRL competition
June 02, 2002
TCGR Expands
Scott Dixon joins team full-time from PACWEST Racing beginning in Milwaukee
May 12, 2002
TCGR Wins Second Pole at Indianapolis
Bruno Junqueira wins TCGR's second Indianapolis 500 pole position
March 02, 2001
TCGR Joins IRL
TCGR enters car for Jeff Ward to contest the full 2002 IRL season in addition to a two-car effort in CART
October 29, 2000
Four-Win Season
Juan Pablo Montoya (three) and Jimmy Vasser (one) combined for four wins
May 28, 2000
TCGR Returns to Indianapolis and Wins
TCGR is the first CART team to return to the Indianapolis 500 after a four-year absence following the split with the Indy Racing League (IRL)
March 26, 2000
Move to Toyota Engines
Starts run of six seasons with Toyota power from 2000-05 in CART
October 31, 1999
Fourth Championship
CART Rookie sensation Juan Montoya wins the Rookie of the Year Title, marking an unprecedented fourth-consecutive CART Championship for TCGR
October 31, 1999
Seven-Win Season
Juan Pablo Montoya wins seven CART races
November 01, 1998
10-Win Season
Alex Zanardi (seven) and Jimmy Vasser (three) combine for 10 wins
September 27, 1997
Second Championship
TCGR wins its second consecutive CART Championship with Alex Zanardi
September 27, 1997
Six-Win Season
Alex Zanardi (five) and Jimmy Vasser (one) combine for six wins
July 13, 1997
Zanardi and Doughnuts
Alex Zanardi does a doughnut in his Indy car at Cleveland after winning from pole, making it his signature move
September 08, 1996
The Pass
Alex Zanardi stuns the racing world with a last-lap pass of Bryan Herta on the inside of the famous cork screw at Laguna Seca for the win
September 08, 1996
First Championship
Jimmy Vasser wins his first CART Championship at Laguna Seca, marking TCGR's first Championship
September 08, 1996
Seven-Win Season
Jimmy Vasser (four) and Alex Zanardi (three) combine for seven wins
September 08, 1996
TCGR Wins Second ROTY Title
Alex Zanardi earns TCGR its second Rookie of the Year title following the season finale at Laguna Seca
March 06, 1996
Moved to Honda Engines
TCGR moves to Honda Power starting with the 1996 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, beginning a run with the manufacturer from 1996-99
March 20, 1994
First Win
Michael Andretti wins TCGR's first race at the season-opener in Australia – also first race with Reynard chassis
March 20, 1994
Second Full-Time Entry

TCGR expands to two CART teams for the first time with drivers Michael Andretti and Mauricio Gugelmin 

October 03, 1993
Record Podium Finishes
Arie Luyendyk finishes on the podium at Indianapolis, Michigan and Laguna Seca and TCGR sets their record for most podium finishes in a season
May 15, 1993
TCGR Wins Pole at Indianapolis
Arie Luyendyk wins TCGR's first Indianapolis 500 pole position
May 24, 1992
Second Indy car at Indianapolis
Team runs two cars at the Indianapolis 500 for drivers Eddie Cheever and Arie Luyendyk
March 17, 1992
Team Changes to Ford Engine
1992 CART season starts run of four seasons with Ford Power 1992-95
October 21, 1991
Team Set Record For Top-10 Finishes in Season
12 top-10 finishes eclipses the previous record of 9 top-10 results set in the 1991 CART season
March 17, 1991
First-ever Front Row Starting Position For TCGR
Driver Eddie Cheever opens the season with a second-place qualifying effort - the best in team history to that point
October 21, 1990
Eddie Cheever Named CART Rookie of Year
TCGR's first driver Eddie Cheever wins the CART Rookie of the Year title
April 08, 1990
Use of Lola Indy car Chassis
TCGR's first race with driver Eddie Cheever starts run of using Lola chassis 1990-93
April 01, 1990
Target Chip Ganassi Racing is Formed
Target Chip Ganassi Racing
Chip Ganassi partners with Target to create a one-car CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) Indy car team, Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR)
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
November 12, 2008
EGR is Formed
CGRFS partners with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. to form Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (EGR) in the NSCS
February 17, 2008
Car of Tomorrow Debuts
NASCAR starts over with a chassis design and new safety features, which include bigger windows and more area around driver to make the cars look more like street cars
October 20, 2007
Franchitti to NASCAR
CGRFS hires reigning Indianapolis 500 Winner and IRL Champion Dario Franchitti to run in the NSCS full-time and debuts in CGRFS' only NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race ever
June 24, 2007
Montoya Wins at Sonoma
Juan Pablo Montoya scores his first victory at Sonoma Raceway en route to the NSCS Rookie of the Year title
November 16, 2006
Montoya NSCS Debut
Juan Pablo Montoya makes NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway
October 28, 2006
Montoya Nationwide Debut
Juan Pablo Montoya starts ninth and finished 11th in his NASCAR debut
July 09, 2006
Montoya Joins NASCAR Team
CGRFS announces Juan Pablo Montoya as the driver of No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge to begin in 2007
February 18, 2005
NASCAR Expansion
Driving duties shared between Reed Sorenson and Casey Mears
February 18, 2005
First Full-time Nationwide Driver
Reed Sorenson begins with CGRFS at the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway
November 06, 2004
First Nationwide Win
Jamie McMurray wins at Phoenix International Raceway
September 04, 2004
First Nationwide Pole
Casey Mears wins pole position at California Speedway
November 16, 2003
McMurray Wins NCSC Rookie of the Year
Jamie McMurray wins the NSCS Rookie of the Year title, which marks the first title for the CGRFS NASCAR team
February 13, 2003
NASCAR Team Expands
Drivers Sterling Marlin, Janie McMurray and Casey Mears combine to form the CGRFS NASCAR lineup
October 13, 2002
McMurray Wins in Second Start
Driver Jamie McMurray steps in for Sterling Marlin and wins in his second-career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway
September 29, 2002
Marlin Injured at Kansas
Sterling Marlin led the NSCS points for 22 weeks with two wins, but misses the remainder of the season due to injury at Kansas
February 01, 2002
Target Enters NASCAR
Jimmy Spencer becomes first Team Target driver in NASCAR with CGRFS
October 07, 2001
Second NASCAR Win
CGRFS driver Sterling Marlin led 135 of 334 laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway to claim the team's second win in NASCAR
August 19, 2001
First NASCAR Win
CGRFS driver Sterling Marlin leads 18 of 162 laps at Michigan International Speedway to claim the team's first win in NASCAR on the same day Bruno Junqueira wins the CART race at Road America
February 02, 2001
NASCAR Team Created
Chip Ganassi purchases the majority interest in Team Sabco from owner Felix Sabates in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), forming a two-car team, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS)
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
October 20, 2008
Third GRAND-AM Championship
Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas win the GRAND-AM Daytona Prototype Championship (CGRFS’ third and CGRT’s ninth) with six wins
January 27, 2008
New GRAND-AM Look
GRAND-AM changes the look of the Daytona Prototype
January 27, 2008
Third Rolex 24 Win
Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and NSCS teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Dario Franchitti win an unprecedented third consecutive Rolex 24 At Daytona (CGRFS’ third)
July 13, 2007
Record Win for Pruett
Pruett becomes the winningest driver in GRAND-AM series history with 14 career victories
January 28, 2007
Second Rolex 24 Win
Scott Pruett, CGRFS teammate Juan Pablo Montoya and Salvador Duran win the team’s second straight Rolex 24 At Daytona (CGRFS’ second)
September 02, 2006
Second GRAND-AM Championship
Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz win six races en route to the GRAND-AM Team Championship (CGRFS’ second and CGRT’s seventh)
January 29, 2006
First Rolex 24 Win
Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon pair with CGRFS NASCAR teammate Casey Mears and win the team’s first Rolex 24 At Daytona
October 31, 2004
First GRAND-AM Championship
Team scores four wins and 11 poles in 12 races en route to the Daytona Prototype Team and Driver Championship with drivers Scott Pruett and Max Papis, marking the sixth-overall title for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT)
January 31, 2004
First GRAND-AM Pole
CGRFS finishes sixth with drivers Scott Pruett, Max Papas, Jimmy Morales and Scott Dixon
September 01, 2003
GRAND-AM Team Formed
CGRFS purchases two Riley Daytona Prototype chassis and begin preparing for the team's first Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2004

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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