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Chip Ganassi

  • Sport: Racing
  • Decade Inducted: 90s

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 Verizon IndyCar Series and one Daytona Prototype in the Tudor Sports Car Championship.  In 2012 Ganassi was named by Complex Magazine as one of the “50 most influential people in the Auto Industry”.  His ranking of 17th was the highest rank for a person from North America from the racing industry.

Overall, Ganassi’s teams have won 17 championships in his 24 years of ownership.  In addition, his team picked up their sixth overall victory in the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona.  Early in 2014 Ganassi picked up another couple of wins in Iconic races.  First, his IMSA team brought home a victory in their first-ever attempt in the 12 Hours of Sebring and then Jamie McMurray picked up Ganassi’s first win in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.

In 2010, Ganassi’s teams turned in an historic season by setting an organization record with 19 wins across the three touring series, including victories in the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400, making him the only team owner in history to win all three crown jewels of racing and he accomplished it in a single season.  In addition, in early 2011 his GRAND-AM team finished off the “Grand Slam” by also winning the Rolex 24 At Daytona.  Ganassi became the first owner to hold all four titles at one time.

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 and has maintained a long-standing relationship with them ever since.  In addition, he can now claim partnerships with Cessna, McDonald’s, Novo Nordisk and NTT DATA among many others.  Through the years, his open wheel teams have amassed 10 championships, over nearly 100 wins – including four in the Indianapolis 500 while overall his teams can claim 17 championships and over 160 victories.  His NASCAR teams have 16 wins, including one in the Daytona 500, one in the Brickyard 400 and one trip to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  He manages his teams from state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis, Brownsburg, IN and Concord, N.C., and 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.

Chip Ganassi was elected into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1998