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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)
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 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
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

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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