Chip Ganassi drove in five Indianapolis 500 races (1982-86) and scored three Indy Car podium finishes — including runner-up to Danny Sullivan at the Cleveland road course in 1984 — prior to creating a multi-faceted, open-wheel racing team. Chip Ganassi Racing has become one of the most successful teams in the history of the sport. Partnering with U.E. “Pat” Patrick to win both the 1989 Indianapolis 500 and championship titles under Championship Auto Racing Teams with Emerson Fittipaldi, Ganassi took over the team completely in 1990.
His drivers have won the Indianapolis 500 four more times, with Juan Pablo Montoya (2000), Scott Dixon (2008), and Dario Franchitti (2010 and 2012). His team also has won eleven Indy Car titles through the end of 2015 with Jimmy Vasser (1996), Alex Zanardi (1997-98), Montoya (1999), Dixon (2003, 2008, 2013 and 2015), and Franchitti (2009-11). Ganassi also has been successful in NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) and long distance sports car racing. Chip Ganassi Racing won the 24-Hours of Daytona six times through 2015. A highlight in 2011 was a 24-Hours of Daytona victory following wins in the 2010 Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500, and Brickyard 400 — all four wins occurring within a 12-month period.
Courtesy of Indianapolis Motors Speedway Museum