PRIMARY SPONSORS LINKS
McDonald's (16+3 races)
Cessna (11 races)
Beechcraft (part of Cessna deal)
Bell Helicopter (part of Cessna deal)
GearWrench (4 races)
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes (3 races)
CreditOne (1 race)
Bass Pro Shops (1 race w/NWTF)
National Wild Turkey Federation(NWTF) (1 race w/BPS)
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Chip Ganassi Racing NASCAR - Twitter
Chip Ganassi Racing - Twitter
Chip Ganassi Racing - Facebook
Chip Ganassi Racing - Instagram
Chip Ganassi Racing - YouTube
Jamie McMurray - Twitter
Jamie McMurray - Facebook
Jamie McMurray - Instagram
GearWrench - Twitter
GearWrench - Facebook
GearWrench - Instagram
Races that McDonald's [16+3 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017 (on hood):
Daytona, Clash - 2/18, Big Mac special
Daytona, Duel - 2/23, w/Cessna
Daytona 500 - 2/26, w/Cessna
Atlanta - 3/5
Auto Club - 3/26
Talladega - 5/7
Charlotte, All Star Race - 5/20
Dover - 6/4
Michigan - 6/18
Daytona - 7/1, McDonald's $1 Any Size Soft Drink
Pocono - 7/30
Watkins Glen - 8/6
Bristol - 8/19, w/Cessna
Darlington - 9/3, throwback
Richmond - 9/9
Chicago - 9/17, w/Cessna
New Hampshire - 9/24, w/Cessna
Martinsville - 10/29
Homestead - 11/19
Races that Cessna [11 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017 (on hood):
Phoenix - 3/19
Martinsville - 4/2
Pocono - 6/11
Sonoma - 6/25
Kentucky - 7/8
Indianapolis - 7/23, w/McDonald's
Michigan - 8/11
Talladega - 10/15
Kansas - 10/22
Texas - 11/5
Phoenix - 11/12
Races that CreditOne [1 race] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017:
Las Vegas - 3/12
Races that GearWrench [4 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017:
Richmond - 4/30
Charlotte - 5/28
New Hampshire - 7/16
Dover - 10/1
Bristol - 4/23
Texas - 4/9
Kansas - 5/13
Charlotte - 10/7
#1 Team / Driver News
McMurray explains Talladega accident: He was knocked out of the Alabama 500 in a accident on lap 24 while attempting to enter pit road.[More](10-15-2017)
Sunday Chicagoland Notebook
Pit road snafus derail strong run by polesitter Kyle Busch Kyle Busch can expect some second-guessing after mistakes in Sunday's Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway relegated the polesitter to a 15th-place finish. Before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff opener, Busch's #18 Joe Gibbs Racing team swapped his regular-season pit crew for the over-the-wall unit of teammate Daniel Suarez.
After winning the first stage of the race and leading all but two laps, Busch pitted under caution on Lap 83. But eight circuits after the subsequent restart on Lap 88, he brought the No. 18 Toyota to pit road for an unscheduled green-flag stop because of a loose wheel. During the stop, one of Busch's crewman was hit with a penalty for stepping over pit wall too soon, and after the resultant pass-through penalty, Busch dropped to 30th in the running order, two laps down.
BRAD KESELOWSKI STARTS PLAYOFFS WITH SOLID SIXTH-PLACE RUN For a driver who stirred up controversy before the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, Brad Keselowski had a relatively uneventful afternoon in Sunday's Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Before qualifying on Friday, Keselowski raised the issue of parity in the sport, ascribing to the Toyota camp a significant performance advantage. True enough, Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. ran away with the playoff opener. Keselowski didn't have the speed to match Truex's Camry. Then again, no one else did either.
But for Keselowski, the 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, it was the sort of solid start to the playoff he needed, leaving him fourth in the standings heading to next Sunday's race at New Hampshire.
NICE RECOVERY KEEPS JAMIE MCMURRAY ABOVE PLAYOFF CUT LINE On Lap 168 of Sunday's Tales of the Turtles 400, Jamie McMurray had the sort of nerve-wracking experience that could have ruined his chances to advance in the NASCAR Playoffs. Coming off Turn 2 at 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway, McMurray spun, flattened his right rear tire and damaged the right rear quarter of his car. But McMurray persevered, stayed on the lead lap and finished 10th. That and a litany of troubles for other playoff drivers kept him in 11th place in the standings, five points clear of 13th place.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](9-18-2017)
Chip Ganassi on 2018 lineup: 'It's going to look the same': Chip Ganassi says his organization is "going to look the same" next year as Silly Season rumors swirl around the NASCAR garage. The statement came Thursday morning when Ganassi was asked on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's Tradin' Paint about how confident he was for 2018 when it came to his current stable of drivers, crew chiefs and sponsors. Coming off his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at Michigan, series points leader #42-Kyle Larson, 24, is an elite driver drawing plenty of commentary on his future. Larson has three career wins and is locked into the playoffs for the second straight year. #1-Jamie McMurray has quietly been putting together one of his best seasons.(NASCAR.com)[Read More Here](6-23-2017)
Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray quotes on Pocono accidents: Both drivers fell out of the race after brake issues on lap 95 at Pocono Raceway. [More](6-112017)
Chip Ganassi Racing Announces Partnership with 5.11 Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced a partnership with California-based 5.11-the global innovator in tactical apparel and gear-to become the new apparel, gear and accessories outfitter of the racing organization. 5.11 will also serve as the official partner of the CGR pit crews and associated training facilities at the Concord, N.C. and Indianapolis-based race shops. Under the new partnership, 5.11 and CGR will create unique social and digital content featuring the pit crews throughout the remainder of the 2017 racing season. 5.11 will also be an associate partner on the #1 Chevrolet SS driven by Jamie McMurray for two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races.(Chip Ganassi Racing)[Read More Here](6-6-2017)
Bold move propels McMurray to runner-up finish Race winner #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wasn't the only driver who made a strong move on the final lap of Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. After Stenhouse took the lead from #18-Kyle Busch, thanks in part to a push from #48-Jimmie Johnson, #1-Jamie McMurray threaded the needle between Johnson's Chevrolet and Busch's Toyota to vault into second place. McMurray held the spot, trailing Stenhouse to the finish line by .095 seconds and beating Busch to the stripe by .004 seconds.(NASCAR Wire Service)[click to continue](5-8-2017)
GearWrench debuts on the #1 at Richmond: After making an announcement at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas to partner with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR), GearWrench will make its debut as a primary partner on the #1 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Chevrolet SS this weekend at Richmond International Raceway (RIR).[More](4-28-2017)
Bass Pro Shops / National Wild Turkey Federation featured on McMurray's car Bass Pro Shops announced a special paint scheme that will adorn the Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) #1 Chevy of Jamie McMurray at the Bristol spring race. Noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris is donating space on the race car to the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage. The #1 Bass Pro Shops/NWTF Chevy will compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) on Sunday, April 23.(Chip Ganassi Racing)[More](4-21-2017)
McMurray wrecks at Martinsville: He discussed why the team did not pit before a blown tire put him out for the day. "if the smoke hadn't gotten lighter I would have pitted, but it was smoking really bad and I'm like we have to pit. They said run a few more laps and they are getting a better idea of what it looks like and maybe where it is rubbing the tire."[More](4-3-2017)
Felix Sabates planning return to the track: Last October, Chip Ganassi bought a blue suit to wear to the funeral of Felix Sabates. Fortunately, he hasn't had to use it. Sabates, the co-owner of Chip Ganassi Racing, recounted the story and other details of a serious ailment that felled him last August during an appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "Late Shift" on Monday.[More](3-29-2017)
McDonald's Big Mac featured on McMurray's car in Clash: The iconic McDonald's Big Mac will be joined by two new burgers that will be featured on the Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy, driven by 2010 Daytona 500 Champion Jamie McMurray, at the season-opening, "The Clash at Daytona". The Mac Jr. and Grand Mac will join Big Mac on the #1 Chevy when the green flag drops on the 2017 NASCAR racing season at Daytona International Speedway. The Clash at Daytona is a limited-eligibility, elite field of drivers, that starts the new racing season with a non-points paying event. McMurray has made 10 appearances in The Clash during his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.
Notes of Interest
- Top Billing: The Grand Mac and Mac Jr. recently joined the legendary Big Mac roster for a limited time on McDonald's national menu. This marks the first time, in the eight year partnership between McDonald's and CGR, that Big Mac or any other menu item will be featured as a full paint scheme on the #1 Chevy.
- Making of a Legend: The Big Mac was first introduced in 1967 by Jim Delligatti, a McDonald's franchisee from Pennsylvania, before being available nationwide the following year. In honor of the Big Mac creator, who recently passed away (Nov. 28, 2016), the #1 Chevy will feature his name over the right side door to pay tribute to the memory of the long-time McDonald's franchisee.
- Daytona Success: McMurray is a two-time winner in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition at DIS. He won the 2007 Coke Zero 400 and the 2010 Daytona 500. Additionally he was on the winning team for the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona. McMurray is one of only four drivers to ever win the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24 at Daytona (AJ Foyt, Mario Andretti and Jeff Gordon)
- Dan Delligatti, McDonald's Owner/Operator and Grandson of Big Mac Creator, Jim Delligatti: "As Jim Delligatti's grandson, I am proud that the CGR team and McDonald's will pay tribute to my grandfather's memory by having his name displayed on the Big Mac race car. I am a big CGR and McMurray fan and have been to several races with the team, so I am looking forward to seeing the #1 in The Clash at Daytona"
- Steve Lauletta, President, Chip Ganassi Racing: "it is exciting to have McDonald's use the partnership with our team to promote this menu offering. With the excitement of the new NASCAR season and the national launch of the Mac sandwiches, The Clash at Daytona will be a great place to showcase the Big Mac promotion".
- Jamie McMurray, Driver #1 McDonald's Big Mac Chevy: "I might be the most excited person on the team about this car because the Big Mac has always been my favorite menu item at McDonald's. It will be fun to have the Big Mac on the car for the first race of the season in Daytona".
McDonald's is the world's leading global foodservice retailer with over 36,000 locations in over 100 countries. More than 80% of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.(CGR), see images of the scheme/car on the #1 Team Schemes page.(2-15-2017)
Chip Ganassi wins Phil Hill Award: Chip Ganassi, a former race-car driver who is now one of the most successful and innovative race team owners in the world, was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club with the 2017 Phil Hill Award. RRDC president Bobby Rahal made the presentation at the annual RRDC members' dinner on Jan. 25 prior to the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The Phil Hill Award has been presented annually since 1993 to the person who the RRDC feels has rendered outstanding service to road racing. The recipient may be a driver, entrant or outstanding member of a sanctioning body. It is named in honor of America's first Formula 1 World Champion (in 1961), and is not only a tribute to his masterful accomplishments on the race track, it also recognizes his contributions as a great ambassador for the sport. Hill passed away in 2008. Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for more than 30 years. Today his teams include two cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, two cars in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and two cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship. In 2012, he was was named by Complex Magazine as one of the "50 most influential people in the Auto Industry." Overall, his teams have won 18 championships and over 180 races, highlighted most recently by an historic win in their first trip to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016. As a result, Ganassi is the only owner in history to win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, Brickyard 400, Rolex 24 At Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans.(RRDC)(1-30-2017)
Credit One Bank sponsoring Larson in 2017 UPDATE: Credit One Bank, one of the largest and fastest growing credit card issuers in the United States, is expanding its relationship with Chip Ganassi Racing by partnering with Kyle Larson and the #42 team during the inaugural Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, beginning with The Clash at Daytona. Credit One Bank, who first partnered with CGR last season for several races with the #1 team, will also continue its partnership as an associate sponsor with Jamie McMurray and the #1 team in 2017. Credit One Bank will serve as the primary sponsor for multiple races on Larson's #42 Chevy, as well as an associate sponsor with the #42 team throughout the 2017 season.(Chip Ganassi Racing), see an image of the car on the #42 team paint schemes page.(1-18-2017)
UPDATE: Credit One will serve as the primary sponsor on CGR entries in eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events, one NASCAR XFINITY Series event and the non-points Advance Auto Parts Clash exhibition at Daytona International Speedway. The Credit One colors will kick off the new year of racing with Larson in the Feb. 18 Clash at Daytona. The financial institution returns for a doubleheader weekend at its home track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with sponsorship of Larson in the XFINITY Series event and #1-Jamie McMurray in the Monster Energy Cup event. The remaining races for Credit One are all with Larson's #42 Chevy in the premier series: March 19 at Phoenix, April 9 at Texas, April 23 at Bristol, April 30 at Richmond, July 1 at Daytona, Sept. 3 at Darlington, and Nov. 5 at Texas.(CGR)(1-20-2017)
Ganassi hires new competition director: Chip Ganassi Racing [#1-McMurray & #42-Larson] has hired widely respected Mark McArdle as its new competition director. McArdle joins Ganassi following a two-year stint with Roush Fenway Racing. He will report to general manager Max Jones.(Motorsport)(1-17-2017)
Target reducing sponsorship of Larson UPDATE: Target will reduce the amount of NASCAR races it serves as the primary sponsor of Chip Ganassi Racing's #42 Chevy driven by Kyle Larson in 2017 to allow other companies to work with him. Target, which along with its handful of vendor partners has been Larson's sole major sponsor since he joined NASCAR's premier series, will still have the majority of races on the # 42. Target previously had all the races, though it passes through a number of them annually to brands it works with like Energizer and Axe. The deal is part of a mutual agreement between CGR and Target. Sources said the move frees up about 5-10 primaries worth of inventory on the #42. Target's deal expires on the NASCAR side after 2017, and the retailer ended a 27-year partnership on Ganassi's IndyCar side after the '16 season.(Sports Business Daily)(12-19-2016)
UPDATE: hearing that Credit One, which sponsored CGR's #1-Chevy of Jamie McMurray for five races in 2016, will be the primary sponsor for Kyle Larson on he #42 Chevy for a few races in 2017.(1-4-2017)
Ganassi re-signs with Hendrick: Team Owner, Chip Ganassi, met with members of the media, the transcript in part:
Q) HOW DOES STEWART-HAAS RACING MOVING TO FORD STRENGTHEN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS?
Ganassi: "I think we've always had a good relationship with Hendrick Motorsports (engine supplier) and that relationship continues to get better every single day. We just resigned for a few years there so we are pretty happy. I see our relationship doing nothing but getting better over there."(Team Chevy)(11-19-2016)
GearWrench to sponsor McMurray in 2017: GearWrench, an innovative hand tool brand known for tools that deliver speed, strength, and access to industrial and automotive technicians, and Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced, at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, they have agreed to a multi-year partnership. GearWrench will be a partner on the #1 Chevrolet SS piloted by former Daytona 500 Champion Jamie McMurray and serve as the primary sponsor on the #1 Chevy for multiple races during the 2017 NASCAR season. GearWrench is a premier hand tool brand from Apex Tool Group, one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world. Since the launch of the original patented five-degree ratcheting wrench, the GearWrench brand has continuously led the industry with breakthroughs in pass-thru ratchets, sockets, screw/nut drivers, pliers and specialty tools. Millions of GearWrench products have been "Professionally Tested" throughout the world.(Chip Ganassi Racing), see an image of the car on the #1 team 2017 paint schemes page.(11-1-2016)
Ganassi switches to Honda in IndyCar; staying Chevy in NASCAR?: Chip Ganassi Racing announced Friday it is changing brands for its IndyCar teams. Which at least prompts speculation about the NASCAR Sprint Cup team's future with its current nameplate. Ganassi will drop its affiliation with Chevy in favor of Honda engines in its Verizon IndyCar Series program. Ganassi has ties with Ford in other racing ventures. There's no immediate indication that Ganassi will leave Chevy in Sprint Cup. But for years there has been speculation that a second Japanese carmaker might jump into NASCAR to challenge Toyota. Meanwhile, Ford is trying to broaden its reach in NASCAR and make its cars more competitive. Whether Honda has interests in cracking into stock car racing is an open question. Neither is there a sign of Ganassi switching to Ford in its Cup program. Ford already picked up a headline team for next season when Stewart-Haas Racing announced it will switch from Chevy after this season. Earlier this year, Ganassi and Target parted company in open-wheel racing when the retailer ended its 27-year sponsorship. Ganassi has one more year with Target on its stock cars.(Sporting News)(10-8-2016)
Ganassi, Kauffman Discuss Partnership: Chip Ganassi and Rob Kauffman met with media and discussed their new partnership, a partial transcript:
ON HIS PARTNERS
CHIP GANASSI: "It's a good opportunity for Chip Ganassi and Chip Ganassi Racing to have partners like Rob (Kauffman) and Felix (Sabates). From my point of view, Rob wanted to stay in the sport and this was a good opportunity for him to do that. We both have shared interest in lots of different kinds of cars and I think that's probably what brought us together. And I think it's obvious that Rob has skillsets I don't have and maybe vice-versa. So, it seemed to work well."
Q) IS ROB KAUFFMAN A PARTNER IN THE WHOLE ORGANIZATION, OR JUST NASCAR?
GANASSI: "Right now, it's NASCAR and Sports Car. We're trying to get him interested in IndyCar racing."
Q) HOW DO YOU LIKE WORKING WITH CHIP GANASSI?
ROB KAUFFMAN: "It's just really worked out well. I think at the end of the day, I'm a car guy who has been okay in business. The interesting thing about partnering with Chip is he's a racer that's created an actual racing business. He's one of the few people who's been successful in running racing as a business. If you look up the word racer in the dictionary, his picture is often there. And so for me, I think it's a good combination. I'm not the guy to figure out arrangements for aerodynamics to make the cars faster, but hopefully together we can have even more success, especially on the Cup side."
ROB KAUFFMAN: "We've thought about it. It didn't really work out for potentially bringing over the #15 or something like that, with Clint (Bowyer), but that didn't really work out. The way that system works is you have to run the cars. We're a two-car team. And we have two charters that we need. So that's really all that made sense to that.
ROB KAUFFMAN: "Remember that only brings about 25% of the budget you need to really run a competitive car, so it's that pesky 75 percent that costs you all the money if you don't have a sponsor. And there's of course the driver, the staff, and everything that goes along with it. So, the Charter stuff is really just a means to an end; not an end in itself. So, really the important thing is to have a solid racing business, which Chip has had for many years, and I'm proud to be a partner in that. And, hopefully I can bring some added resources and skills to the equation. But Chip has done a great job winning championships and races. His organization doesn't need my help to do that, which is great; and I can hopefully be an investor and a participant and hopefully help with more success."
Q) WHAT'S THE NEXT THING YOU'RE WORKING ON?
ROB KAUFFMAN: "Well, there's no shortage of things to do, I think, with the team itself. Chip and I, now that the little franchise project is done, and now working, Chip and I cannot focus a little bit more and try to work on developing the team and just get to know everybody and how I can contribute, really. With the RTA we have a number of projects underway just to kind of follow on. It fairly resembles a job now."
Q) WILL THERE BE ANY IMPACT ON THE WOOD BROTHERS WITHDRAWING FROM THE RTA?
ROB KAUFFMAN: "No, not at all. It's totally on good terms that make sense. The RTA is really about full-time teams and really it'll probably be Charter Teams only going forward. But they're great guys. When we talked to them the other day they gave me one of their metals when I was here and I would bet they will have a Charter sooner rather than later and rejoin and be part of it because then you have a say in what's going on and a more formal role as opposed to not being on the outside looking in."(Team Chevy)(2-20-2016)
Statement from Jamie McMurray regarding the passing of his niece: "I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of the friends and fans for the thoughts and prayers to our family, following the loss of my niece Lauren [Montez], who passed away last Sunday Oct. 4. Lauren was the inspiration behind my becoming involved with Autism awareness and the work that we have done through the Jamie McMurray Foundation with Autism Speaks. My sister Trisha and our entire family appreciate the respect of privacy during this difficult time.(more info at jamiemcmurray.com.(10-7-2015)
Ganassi explains why 'Earnhardt' is no longer part of team name: For the first time since 1996, there will not be a team in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series with "Earnhardt" in its corporate name. The string began in 1996 when the late Dale Earnhardt formed Dale Earnhardt Inc. In less than a decade, it had become one of the premier teams in Cup competition, with son and namesake Dale Earnhardt Jr. as its on-track figurehead. But once Junior left DEI for Hendrick Motorsports in 2008, the once-feared company began by the man they called The Intimidator began to slowly disappear. Now, the Earnhardt corporate name is essentially extinct. After an ill-fated and short-lived merger with Ginn Racing in mid-2007, team owner Teresa Earnhardt lent her company's name and some of its assets to fellow team owner Chip Ganassi, forming Earnhardt Ganassi Racing in 2009. In the year before Junior left the family fold, Earnhardt's widow also lent her late husband's surname to Richard Childress Racing to form a new business - known as Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technology - designed to build motors for both RCR and other teams that would lease the engines. But as the Earnhardt name lived on with other teams, Teresa Earnhardt withdrew more and more from being active in racing. She continued to oversee the still-thriving souvenir business that memorialized her late husband and kept his name and legend alive, but that was about it.
Now in 2014, what was Earnhardt Ganassi Racing for the last five seasons has reverted back to its original name prior to joining forces with Earnhardt, namely Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. And what was Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technology has quietly become simply ECR, with a team source telling MotorSportsTalk that "the E no longer stands for anything. It doesn't stand for Earnhardt. It's just ECR now."
Ganassi spoke to MotorSportsTalk at Daytona International Speedway on Friday about how the relationship with Teresa Earnhardt essentially disappeared with time, to the point where it no longer made sense to keep her late husband's surname as part of the team. "I wish I could explain it but I can't explain it," Ganassi said. "I don't have a good answer for you. We had a relationship and I don't know what happened. We can't get her on the phone; it's hard to try to communicate with somebody. She obviously has some other things on her plate, I guess, and that's her prerogative. She was never active in the team. I think she wanted to keep the name out there to some extent, and I don't know what Richard's (Petty) relationship is there (to Richard Petty Motorsports), but it's kinda the same thing. There's no ill will, I just don't have an answer, to tell you the truth. She just wasn't there anymore."(NBC Sports)(2-22-2014)