INDIANAPOLIS -- Target Chip Ganassi Racing announced today it will field a two-car team in the 2002 Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) FedEx Championship Series, marking the team's 13th year of participation in CART. "Our team and our...
INDIANAPOLIS -- Target Chip Ganassi Racing announced today it will field a two-car team in the 2002 Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) FedEx Championship Series, marking the team's 13th year of participation in CART.
"Our team and our sponsors believe the FedEx Series features the top open-wheel competition and exciting racing, and we're committed to helping CART remain the premiere open-wheel series in 2002 and beyond," said team owner Chip Ganassi. "Team Target has experienced much success in CART over the past decade or so, and we're confident that trend will continue."
Contributing to Ganassi's confidence is the recent addition of talented driver Kenny Brack. Brack, the 1999 Indy 500 champion, currently competes for CART's Team Rahal and ranks second in the driver point standings. Target Chip Ganassi Racing will announce Brack's teammate by the end of the 2001 season.
Team Target will also compete in the Indianapolis 500 for the third straight year. Former team driver Juan Montoya won the race in 2000, and Target cars placed fourth (Jimmy Vasser), fifth (Bruno Junqueira) and sixth (Tony Stewart) in 2001. Ganassi plans to field a two-car team at the 2002 Indy 500 and is considering competing in one or two Indy Racing League events to prepare for the May 26 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In addition to the 2000 Indy 500 championship, Target Chip Ganassi Racing claimed an unprecedented four consecutive CART FedEx Series titles with former team drivers Vasser (1996), Alex Zanardi (1997 and 1998) and Montoya (1999). Current drivers Memo Gidely and Bruno Junqueria rank 15th and 16th, respectively, in the 2001 CART point standings.
The CART FedEx Series features the world's top drivers competing in 800 horse power Champ Cars on a variety of oval, road and street circuits in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Germany and England. Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE: MPH) owns, operates and markets the FedEx Championship Series.