Dario Franchitti joins
TCGR’s IndyCar Series
lineup and immediately
delivers its seventh
Scott Dixon delivers
TCGR its first Indy 500/
IndyCar Series title
double. The Kiwi’s
teammate, Dan Wheldon,
finishes fourth in the final
In a success-packed season even by the standards of Target and Chip Ganassi
Racing, Dario Franchitti earns an Indy 500 (BELOW LEFT)/IndyCar Series title
double, Juan Pablo Montoya gives Target a first win in NASCAR with victory at the
Watkins Glen road course, and Chip Ganassi becomes the first owner to win the
Indy 500 and the Daytona 500 (courtesy of Jamie McMurray) in the same year.
After success in open-wheel, Montoya showed his versatility
when he took his Chevy Impala (BELOW) to a Sprint Cup win.
I like Chip’s attitude as a racer. As
you go through categories, you
sometimes encounter team owners
who don’t seem to have enough
fight in them or the determination.
But Chip cares; one bad practice
session and he wants an explanation!
I know that sounds as if he’s a
tough boss, but actually I love that:
I want to drive for someone whose
will to win is the same as mine. And
you only need to look at the team’s
record – championships, Indy 500s,
Daytona 500s, Rolex 24s – to realize
that Chip’s way of doing things is
definitely the right way if you want
to be a consistent winner.
Well, I want to be part of that and I
think we’ve achieved a lot together…
although when we’ve had bad years,
like in 2004 and ’05, I was glad we
had a contract that got me through!
Despite all the winning Chip’s done
already, the desire to do more and
stay on top just hasn’t diminished.
Three wins and five runner-up finishes
brought Dixon his first Indy car title in
2003, using a G-Force Panoz-Toyota.
Three-time champ (’03, ’08, ’ 13)
and ’08 Indy 500 winner. Now in
his 13th season with Ganassi.
GANASSI’S GOLDEN BOY
“Well, ever since I started in Indy cars
in 1982, there were people running
around saying it’s on shaky ground, that
its future is tenuous. And occasionally it did
seem that way. So entering different series
was a way of ensuring our livelihoods
would be in racing – my passion, but also
my only business; this is all I do.”
And so, detecting which way the wind was
blowing in the U.S. open-wheel war, TCGR
left CART for the IRL’s IndyCar Series,
taking with it Scott Dixon. The quiet New
Zealander, a road racer by heritage, thus
joined an all-oval series, yet promptly won
the title at his first attempt! Following the
2008 U.S. open-wheel racing merger, which
resulted in a single IndyCar Series, both his
original and more recently acquired skill
After Formula 1, Juan
Montoya returned to
American racing with
Ganssi once more, but
this time in NASCAR.
His win at Watkins
Glen in 2010 (LEFT)
was the Colombian’s
second Sprint Cup win
for Chip, but the first
for Target’s colors.
(BELOW LEFT) TCGR
earned a victory at
the Rolex 24 at
Daytona in 2006.
HEAD TO HEAD: TARGET CHIP
GANASSI RACING VS. TEAM PENSKE
Since Ganassi’s debut in 1990, it has had
a clear edge in terms of Indy car titles
earned, but Team Penske has outscored
TCGR in the Indianapolis 500.
INDY 500 WINS
( 4 CART; 6 IndyCar)
( 3 CART; 1 IndyCar)
AN ENDURING SUCCESS STORY