Texas: CGR honors Jackie Robinson legacy

CHIP GANASSI RACING WITH FELIX SABATES HONORS LEGACY OF JACKIE ROBINSON ON NO.42 TEXACO/HAVOLINE DODGE FORT WORTH, Texas (April 14, 2007)--Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced today that in honor of baseball legend and civil ...

CHIP GANASSI RACING WITH FELIX SABATES HONORS LEGACY OF JACKIE ROBINSON ON NO.42 TEXACO/HAVOLINE DODGE

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 14, 2007)--Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced today that in honor of baseball legend and civil rights leader Jackie Robinson's 60th Anniversary of his debut into Major League Baseball, they will display a small tribute to him on their No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger on Sunday, for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

"As a Pittsburgh native, former minority share-holder of the Pirates and long-time season ticket holder, I have always had a strong affinity for baseball and the impact that Jackie Robinson had on the game," said team owner Chip Ganassi. "I know my hometown Pirates and a number of other teams and players will wear the no. 42 on Sunday in honor of Jackie's entrance into baseball so I just felt this was the least that we could do as a race team. It is just a small way that we can honor the legacy of a great American hero on our own No. 42 car."

On Sunday, April 15, Major League Baseball will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson's entrance into baseball as all players will honor his legacy on Sunday by wearing a decal featuring his uniform No. 42 on their helmets. Numerous members of Major League clubs will also wear jerseys bearing No. 42.

The No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge is driven by former CART champion, Indianapolis 500 winner, Monaco Grand Prix winner and winner of seven Formula 1 races, Juan Pablo Montoya. This season the native of Colombia, became the first-ever F1 veteran to race full-time in NASCAR. He is currently 16th in the championship points standings and second in the rookie of the year standings.

Chip Ganassi has been in racing for over 25 years as both a driver and owner. His 10 teams have won seven championships and over 75 races since 1994. They race across five different series, NASCAR's NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series, the Indy Racing League, the Indy Pro Series and Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. He is a native of Pittsburgh and former part-owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

About Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates

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. Today, his teams include two IRL IndyCars, two Indy Pro Series cars and along with Felix Sabates he has three cars in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, two Daytona Prototypes in the world of Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series racing and two entries in the NASCAR Busch Series. Ganassi's IndyCar teams have amassed five Championships and 51 wins since 1994; his NASCAR teams have 10 wins and a Rookie-of-the-Year title; and the Grand American team has won two of the last three Rolex Series Daytona Prototype Championships and the 2006 and 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona. 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, Pa.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
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