Chip Ganassi Racing Sets Record for Best Season in Team History INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 10, 2008) -- Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. (CGR) scored its 14th win of the 2008 season with Scott Dixon's victory in the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky ...
Chip Ganassi Racing Sets Record for Best Season in Team History
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 10, 2008) -- Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. (CGR) scored its 14th win of the 2008 season with Scott Dixon's victory in the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. The win bested the previous mark for victories in a single season (13), set in 2007, and was the 103rd for the team since 1994.
After taking the checkered flag five previous times this season, including the team's second victory in the 92nd Indianapolis 500, Dixon scored the team's 100th win in the IndyCar Series at Nashville Superspeedway, where he won for a record-tying three consecutive times.
The victory at Kentucky also tied the IndyCar Series record for wins in a season (6) held by Target teammate Dan Wheldon in 2005. Dixon is second on the all-time CGR list with 17 wins, just three behind leader Scott Pruett (20).
The current tally of 14 is comprised of Dixon's six wins, Wheldon's two wins, and six victories from the Grand-Am Sports Car program with co-drivers Pruett and Memo Rojas.
Earlier this season the team celebrated another historic day by picking up two wins and a second-place finish in three different races across three different series. First, Pruett and Rojas won the Rolex Grand-Am event at Virginia International Raceway. Then, Juan Pablo Montoya picked up a second-place finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, which was followed up by Wheldon walking away with an IndyCar Series win at Kansas Speedway -- marking a team-best combined finish for the organization.
The past three seasons for the team have proved to be the most successful in history (1990-2008), as 38, or 37%, of the 103 wins have been scored in that stretch.
Wins in 2008
Scott Dixon Kentucky (IndyCar)
Scott Dixon Edmonton (IndyCar)
Pruett/Rojas Barber Park (Grand-Am)
Scott Dixon Nashville (IndyCar)
Pruett/Rojas Daytona (Grand-Am)
Dan Wheldon Iowa (IndyCar)
Scott Dixon Texas (IndyCar)
Pruett/Rojas Watkins Glen (Grand-Am)
Scott Dixon Indianapolis (IndyCar)
Dan Wheldon Kansas (IndyCar)
Pruett/Rojas Virginia (Grand-Am)
Scott Dixon Miami (IndyCar)
Pruett/Rojas Miami (Grand-Am)
Pruett/Rojas/Montoya/Franchitti Daytona (Grand-Am)