• Dec 23rd 2010 at 6:02PM
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You'd have to search long and hard to find a racing team as successful as Chip Ganassi Racing. The team has won four Champ Car titles (before the series shut down), three Indy Racing League titles and one Grand-Am championship.

This year alone, CGR took home both the IndyCar and Rolex Grand-Am titles, and won the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400 and the Daytona 500 in the process. Names like Franchitti, Dixon, Stewart and Montoya race under the Ganassi banner. And this coming season, the team has taken a big step forward by expanding its IndyCar team by two drivers to make for a four-car mega team.

Joining two-time champions Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti this season in a parallel team will be Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball. Rahal is the son of Indy 500 legend Bobby Rahal, and himself became the youngest ever race winner in the series' history when he won the season-opener at St. Petersburg in 2008 – his only victory to date. Kimball, meanwhile, is moving up the ladder from the Indy Lights feeder series having competed overseas in the Formula 3 Euro Series, Formula Renault 3.5 and A1GP.

Both drivers are American in an increasingly foreign-dominated grid, and bring much-needed sponsorship cash along with them at a time when some big name teams are struggling to make ends meet.

[Source: Autosport | Image: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Ganassi was really on fire this last year. I wish IRL was interesting.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This should make for some interesting racing next year in the IRL. As with most every form of motorsport, engineering and equipment (read: money) account for much of a driver's success or failure.

      If only the IRL had a major TV contract for increased exposure. Although the Speed network is a reputable station, I don't know many people who have that channel on their home setup.
        • 4 Years Ago
        its not even speed, its versus which is sad. espn should pick it up again or speed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks for the correct info.

        Yes, it is a sad situation.
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