SONOMA, Calif. (August 27, 2006) -- Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz' Rolex Sports Car series-leading fifth win at Infineon Raceway Saturday marked Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc.'s 75th win in motorsports (1990-2006)-- a landmark achievement for team...
SONOMA, Calif. (August 27, 2006) -- Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz' Rolex Sports Car series-leading fifth win at Infineon Raceway Saturday marked Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc.'s 75th win in motorsports (1990-2006)-- a landmark achievement for team owner Chip Ganassi who started his first effort with Target stores in 1990 with the creation of a one-car IndyCar team.
"This is certainly one of those special achievements that all our teams and sponsors have contributed to," said Ganassi. "Our goal has always been to compete for championships and create great partnerships, and reaching a milestone like this is something that everyone associated with Chip Ganassi Racing can be proud of."
Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. currently fields three cars in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, two cars in the IRL IndyCar Series, and single-car efforts in both the NASCAR Busch Series and Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.
Pruett and Diaz drove the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley to victory in the inaugural Sonoma 250, making it 12 trips to victory lane in only 39 career Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series starts for CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates -- a winning percentage of 0.31. The team has finished on the podium in eight of 13 races in 2006, and the victory furthers their position as the most successful team in Daytona Prototype history-- holding records in wins (13), poles (19) and podium finishes (29).
75th Win, By the Numbers...
40 -- CART
13 -- Grand American
9 -- IRL
5 -- NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
4 -- NASCAR Busch
4 -- ARCA
34 wins have come on ovals, 24 on road courses, and 17 on temporary street circuits.
Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. first win came in 1994 in the CART IndyCar Series at the hands of Michael Andretti in Australia, while the first pole was captured at Indianapolis the previous season courtesy of Arie Luyendyk.
Of the 75 wins, former Target IndyCar pilot and 1997-98 CART champion Alex Zanardi leads all Chip Ganassi Racing drivers with 15 victories, while 1999 CART champion and 2000 Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya holds the record for poles with 14. Former NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Sterling Marlin took the green flag for the team a record 172 times.
About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc.
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 Stores. To date, Ganassi's IndyCar teams have amassed five Championships and 49 wins since 1994 including the 2000 Indy 500; his NASCAR teams have nine wins and a Rookie-of-the-Year title; and the Grand American team has 13 total wins including the 2004 Rolex Series Daytona Prototype Team and Driver Championships. Chip Ganassi Racing operates out of state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis, Ind., and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.