ATLANTA (November 16, 2001) -- Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced today that Target Stores will serve as primary sponsor of the No. 41 Dodge Intrepid R/T in the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series, and NASCAR veteran Jimmy Spencer will ...
ATLANTA (November 16, 2001) -- Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced today that Target Stores will serve as primary sponsor of the No. 41 Dodge Intrepid R/T in the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series, and NASCAR veteran Jimmy Spencer will drive the Target car.
"The addition of Target and Jimmy adds a lot of experience, excitement and energy to this team," team owner Chip Ganassi said. "Jimmy is a smart, talented driver who will be competitive week in and week out. And having Target come aboard our NASCAR program gives this team a major boost. Target and I have been together for over 10 years and I'm proud they'll be joining me as we go after another championship together."
Target Stores and Chip Ganassi first joined forces in 1990 in the CART FedEx Series, earning an unprecedented four consecutive championships (1996 to 1999) and the 2000 Indianapolis 500. The Minneapolis-based company is excited to add to its impressive racing resume, which also includes two cars in the 2002 CART FedEx Series and the 2002 Indianapolis 500.
"Target and Chip Ganassi Racing have enjoyed a very successful partnership over the years," John Remington, vice president of event marketing and communications for Target said. "We were excited when Chip presented us with the opportunity to expand our motorsports program and add value to our brand by joining a sport with so many loyal fans. Chip runs a first-rate team, and we're confident our NASCAR partnership will produce success both on and off the track."
Spencer has competed in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series since 1989. He has 28 top-five and 78 top-10 finishes to date, including wins at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.
"I've been in racing for a long time and when you have the opportunity to get on board with an organization and sponsor dedicated to winning a championship, you just can't pass it up," Spencer stated. "I'm looking forward to driving the No. 41 Target Dodge next season and working with Chip and the team."
This season, Spencer ranks 15th in driver points through 34 races, he captured the pole position at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and earned three top-five and eight top-10 finishes. Spencer also has eight career victories in the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series.
Target Stores and Jimmy Spencer are not the only newcomers to the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team. Doug Randolph will take over crew chief duties for the No. 41 Target Dodge in 2002. Former crew chief Matt Chambers will move into a new role overseeing the team's testing program.
The 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season marked the debut of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. In 2002, the team will also field the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge with driver Sterling Marlin. For more information on Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, visit www.chipganassiracingwithfelixsabates.com.