Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Open Wheel History

Team owner Chip Ganassi and Target began their partnership in 1990 with the creation of a one-car IndyCar team. Since then, Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) has collected nine championship titles and 89 wins, including four Indianapolis 500 victories.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., the Target Team solidified its place in open-wheel racing history, as Chip Ganassi became the first owner to lead his team to four consecutive championships with Jimmy Vasser (1996), Alex Zanardi (1997-98) and Juan Pablo Montoya (1999). In 2000, Montoya won the Indianapolis 500, claiming the title for his team which had not raced at the famed Brickyard since 1995.

In 2003, following a switch from the CART Series to the Indy Racing League, Ganassi and Team Target driver Scott Dixon proved they could meet the challenge of a new series and new competition by capturing the 2003 IndyCar Series Championship.

Dixon won the team’s sixth championship in 2008 on the strength of his first Indianapolis 500 win and a record-tying six race victories.

In 2009, Dixon – the reigning IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 Champion, joined new teammate Dario Franchitti – the 2007 IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 Champion, and made history. TCGR became the first organization in major auto racing history to team drivers who had won both its sanctioning body’s Driver Championship (IndyCar Series) and its marquee event (Indianapolis 500) the previous two seasons.

The pairing of Dixon and Franchitti also came on the heels of Chip Ganassi Racing’s (CGR) best season in their 20-year history with 14 wins across six teams in four different touring series. In addition, CGR became one of only a handful of race teams to reach the 100-win milestone when it did so in 2008.

The combination of Dixon and Franchitti in 2009 proved to be exceptional, resulting in a one-two sweep of the point standings with Franchitti winning his second championship (2007).  Along the way, Franchitti (five) and Dixon (five) combined to win 10 of 17 races for Target, who celebrated their 20th year of partnership with TCGR in 2009. The 10-win season tied the team record from the 19-race 1998 CART season, where Alex Zanardi won seven races and Jimmy Vasser took three.

The 2010 season marked Franchitti and Dixon’s second season as Target teammates, and the two quickly picked up on where they left off in 2009.  Franchitti drove to the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series Championship winning three races, including the Indianapolis 500, while Dixon posted three victories and finished third in the overall standings.

For the second time in team history in 2011, Ganassi scored his second run of four consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series Championships as an owner with Dixon (2008) and Franchitti (2009-2011).  Franchitti (four) and Dixon (two) collected six wins throughout the season along with 18 podium finishes and four poles.  Both Team Target drivers finished in the top-three in IZOD IndyCar driver points in 2011 with Franchitti bringing home the championship and Dixon in third, fifty-five points behind his teammate, making it the sixth-straight year that Team Target has placed two cars in the top-four in overall championship standing.

2012 saw the introduction of a new (DW12) spec chassis for the series designed by Dallara. This would mark the fourth season for Franchitti and Dixon as teammates. Franchitti was first to score a victory for TCGR at the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500, becoming the 10th driver in history to achieve three victories there. Dixon followed with wins at Detroit and Mid-Ohio and finished the season in third place in the drivers’ standings, followed by Franchitti in seventh place.

2013 will see Dixon and Franchitti return for their fifth year as teammates at TCGR to contend for the IZOD IndyCar Championship.


Chip Ganassi - Team Owner

Following a strong career as a driver, Chip Ganassi created his own one-car IndyCar team in 1990 and established a partnership with a new sponsor – Target. Success has been no stranger to Ganassi as a team owner, his open wheel teams have amassed nine championships and 89 wins while overall his teams can claim nine championships and over 100 wins; his NASCAR teams have 12 victories and three "Rookie of the Year" titles. Ganassi also boasts two state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis, Ind., and Concord, N.C., and a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Ganassi solidified his place in open wheel racing history, becoming the first owner to lead his team to four consecutive championships with Jimmy Vasser (1996), Alex Zanardi (1997-98) and then with rookie Juan Pablo Montoya's championship in 1999. In 2000, Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Montoya blew away the competition in the Indianapolis 500, claiming the title for his team which had not raced at the famed Brickyard since 1995. In 2003, following a switch from the CART Series to the Indy Racing League, Ganassi and Team Target driver Scott Dixon proved they could meet the challenge of a new series and new competition by capturing the 2003 Indy Racing League Championship.

NEXT RACE
 
Grand Prix of Baltimore
Streets of downtown Baltimore
Sunday, September 1, 2013
TV:  2:00 p.m. EST on NBCSN