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 two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, four in the IZOD IndyCar Series and one Daytona Prototype in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.
In 2011, Ganassi’s teams won both the IZOD IndyCar Series and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sport Car Series Championships – the 13th and 14th overall for the organization. The team also scored a one-two finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, launched a new, two-car IZOD IndyCar Series program, and reached its second run of four consecutive titles (1996-1999, 2008-2011) making it nine total championships for the Target Indy car program.
The 12 month span beginning in February of 2010 saw Ganassi have one of the greatest years in the history of auto racing when he became the first owner to ever win the four most prestigious races in the United States. He claimed victories in the Daytona 500 (NASCAR), the Indianapolis 500 (IndyCar), the Brickyard 400 (NASCAR) and the Rolex 24 at Daytona (GRAND-AM).
Following a strong career as a driver, Ganassi created his own one-car Indy car team in 1990 and established a partnership with a new sponsor, Target, which he has maintained a long-standing relationship with ever since. In addition, he can now claim partnerships with Bass Pro Shops and McDonald’s among many others.
Through the years, his open wheel teams have amassed nine championships, 86 wins - including three in the Indianapolis 500 - while overall his teams can claim 14 championships and 145 victories.
His NASCAR teams have 16 wins, including wins in the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400 and a trip to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Ganassi manages his teams from state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.
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, to which his teams have donated over half a million dollars over the years.