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Chip Ganassi Racing
Principal Owner
Location
Year Founded
1990
Years Active
2000-current
Wins
16
Best Finish
1st (2003)
Current Drivers
Current Sponsors
Target (#9, #10)


Chip Ganassi Racing is an IndyCar Series team that has fielded cars in the IRL since the 2000 Indianapolis 500. Led by auto racing magnate Chip Ganassi, the team also fields cars in NASCAR and the Rolex Sports Car Series. Once the standard all open-wheel teams wished to reach, Ganassi has sent multiple drivers to Formula One since forming the team in 1990, including his current NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

Car #9/#22/#50 HistoryEdit

This car, wheeled by Montoya, won in its first ever start in the IndyCar Series, at Indianapolis in 2000. Its other drivers, since 2000, have been Bruno Junqueira and Scott Dixon, who won the series championship in 2003. While still competing in CART, the team usually carried #4, and its drivers were Montoya and Alex Zanardi.

2000Edit

The team only entered at Indianapolis in 2000, where Montoya embarrassed the IRL regulars by leading 167 laps and scoring the victory in his only career IRL start. Posting a fast qualifying time that put him in the middle of row 1, Montoya was unchallenged all day after polesitter Greg Ray crashed after completing 67 of 200 laps.

2001Edit

The team again only competed at Indianapolis, running the #50. While not as successful as Montoya, Junqueira, a race rookie, finished a highly respectable 5th after only qualifying 20th. In a race where only six cars finished on the lead lap, Junqueira's achievements warranted a return with the team the next season.

2002Edit

For the final time, this team only competed at Indianapolis, where Junqueira's car carried the #22. Junqueira's 231.342 qualifying time was good enough to score pole position, but he only completed 87 laps due to gearbox failure and finished 31st. All was not lost, however, as Junqueira managed to lead 26 laps and again impressed.

Car #10/#33/#49 HistoryEdit

In 2008 the car was again drove by Englishman Dan Wheldon. The 2005 Champion won 2 races on the Kansas and Iowa ovals. Before the 2008 season finale at Chicagoland a shock announcement was made that 2007 IndyCar Champion Dario Franchitti would be coming back to the Indy Racing League in the #10 machine. On the same day it was announced that Dan Wheldon would drive for Panther in 2009. At the Surfers Paradise season finale Dario Franchitti led 2 laps before spinning to bring out the safety car. Franchitti also set the fastest lap.

Car #33/#9 HistoryEdit

Car #44 HistoryEdit

This team ran only one race in its short life, at Indianapolis in 2001. Vasser, no longer a Ganassi driver in CART, was tabbed to drive the car as a one-off deal. Vasser started 12th and finished 4th, one of only six cars (three of which were owned by Ganassi) to finish on the lead lap.

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