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Races that Target vendors were featured on the #42 in 2017:
Talladega - 5/7, Share an Ice Cold Coke with Kyle
Michigan - 6/18, Cars3
Pocono - 7/31, Energizer
Brisatol - 8/19, Huggies Little Movers
Races that CreditOne [9+1 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017:
Daytona, Clash - 2/18
Phoenix - 3/19
Texas - 4/9
Bristol - 4/23
Richmond - 4/30
Daytona - 7/1
Watkins Glen - 8/7
Darlington - 9/3
Dover - 10/1
Texas - 11/5
Races that First Date [2 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017:
Talladega - 10/15
Martinsville - 10/29
Contract Status: Driver: 2017+; Primary Sponsor, Target: 2017 and leaves; CreditOne: 2018?; First Data: 2018?;
#42 Team / Driver News
Kyle Larson quotes from engine failure: Larson fell out of the Hollywood Casino 400 on lap 77.[More](10-22-2017)
Otsuka collaborates with Chip Ganassi Racing and Kyle Larson at Charlotte: Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (Otsuka) announced today a collaboration that will include the pharmaceutical company's logo on both the #42 Chevrolet SS in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) and the #42 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS). Driver Kyle Larson will meet with members of Otsuka's leadership team and the advocacy group Mental Health America on Saturday October 7th for a roundtable discussion on stress, mental illness, and the importance of monitoring mental health. Parts of that discussion will be shared on CGR's social media channels. [More](10-6-2017)
Kyle Larson rides late caution, superb pit stop to win at Richmond: A caution on Lap 397 of a scheduled 400 in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 turned what looked like a coronation for Martin Truex Jr. into an unexpected overtime victory for Kyle Larson, as the field of 16 drivers was set for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Truex, the regular season winner, had a comfortable lead over Larson when Derrike Cope brushed the outside wall with three laps left in regulation. Larson won the race off pit road after the lead-lap cars pitted for tires, and the driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing pulled away from a restart on Lap 403.[More](9-9-2017)
Kyle Larson won the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway for his 4th win of 2017, 1st win at Richmond, and 5th career win.
#22-Logano finished 2nd. #31-Newman was third, followed by #41-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #77-Jones, #19-Suarez, #48-Johnson, #18-Busch, and #24-Elliott.
#78-Truex dominated most of the race, leading 198 laps. He was leading the race by more than 3 seconds with 4 laps to go when the caution came out. He fell to second during pit stops. On the final restart, which was an Overtime finish, Truex was running second when #11-Hamlin got into the rear of the #78 and sent him into the wall. The race ended under caution with Truex, Jr. in 20th.
#18-Busch won the first stage. #78-Truex Jr. won the second stage.
Pole sitter #20-Kenseth finished 38th. He led 89 laps early but ran into the back of #14-Bowyer while coming on to pit road during the 5th caution of the night. An ambulance mistakenly entered the track during the caution and stopped near pit entrance forcing several cars to check up coming on to pit road.
The 16 drivers who made the 2017 playoffs are #78-Truex, #42-Larson, #18-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #48-Johnson, #4-Harvick, #11-Hamlin, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #21-Blaney, #24-Elliott, #31-Newman, #41-Busch, #5-Kahne, #3-Dillon, #20-Kenseth, #1-McMurray. Those drivers' points have been reset to 2000 plus the playoff points they acquired so far this season.
Truex, Jr. will start the playoffs with a 20 point lead over Larson.
There were 13 lead changes among 7 drivers and 7 cautions for 38 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 99.417mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Official Race & Points Report (pdf)
Larson's Darlington throwback to honor Felix Sabates: Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) revealed yesterday the throwback paint scheme on the No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet SS, driven by Kyle Larson, for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. The paint scheme will honor current CGR co-owner Felix Sabates. Credit One Bank will turn back the clock to 1995, and feature a scheme that was raced by Kyle Petty while driving at SABCO Racing for Sabates. The original design has been updated to include the Credit One Bank logo on the hood and quarter panel, but otherwise remains intact from when Petty was behind the wheel.[More](8-30-2017)
First Data furthers relationship with Chip Ganassi Racing and NASCAR: Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that First Data (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology, will partner with Kyle Larson and the #42 Chevrolet SS team for two upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races at Talladega Superspeedway and Martinsville Speedway. This expands on a relationship that began last season when First Data joined Jamie McMurray and the #1 Chevrolet SS as a partner for the Fall Martinsville race. Additionally, First Data returns this year on McMurray's car at Martinsville as an associate sponsor. First Data also recently announced a three-year agreement with Martinsville to be the entitlement sponsor for the track's fall MENCS race, starting with the First Data 500 on October 29.[More](8-21-2017)
Daredevil restart gives Larson third consecutive Michigan win: Sitting in his racecar during a red flag delay near the end of the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Kyle Larson pondered the possible routes to an overtime victory. He was in fourth-place and would restart for the final two-lap shootout behind leader Martin Truex Jr. Larson hadn't had a fast racecar all day at Michigan International Speedway, but he thought with a gutsy move on the restart, he could steal a win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Ahead of him, Truex, the race leader, was in the opposite positon. He had had a fast racecar all day, and he figured he needed a strong restart to repel whatever move Larson or somebody else would throw at him. Like Larson, he was trying to figure out which scenario would be most likely to take him to Victory Lane.[More](8-13-2017)
Kyle Larson won the Pure Michigan 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway for his 3rd win of 2017, 3rd win at Michigan, and 4th career win.
Larson led only two laps on the day, the final two. He took the lead from #78-Truex on the final restart, the first attempt at NASCAR Overtime after a late-race accident involving #95-McDowell and #27-Menard.
#78-Truex, Jr. held on to finish 2nd then #77-Jones, #31-Newman, #6-Bayne, #37-Buescher, #3-Dillon, #24-Elliott, #1-McMurray, and #18-Busch.
Pole sitter #2-Keselowski finished 17th.
#78-Truex, Jr. won the second stage. #2-Keselowski won the first stage.
#78-Truex Jr's. driver points lead increases to 129 points over #42-Larson.
There were 14 lead changes among 5 drivers and 5 cautions for 28 yellow flag laps. There was a 5 minute red flag for track cleanup during the final caution.
The average speed of the race was: 150.903mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf)
Unofficial Owners Points Standings (pdf)
Target will not renew sponsorship of Larson: The company will exit motorsports completely.[More](7-28-2017)
Kyle Larson set to launch racing-themed children's book: Not long ago a 7-year-old was strapped into a racecar in advance of his first-ever dirt track event; ready to chase his dreams of making it to the big time. Fast-forward to the present day, and Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson is now a top contender in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS). Larson, who was raised on racing, jumped at the chance to work on a children's book to help teach kids about the sport he loves. The picture book project, titled "Kyle Loves Racing", is being created in conjunction with Chris Workman and Apex Legends, an established motorsports children's book publisher.[More](7-24-2017)
How did #42 car pass inspection before qualifying but fail after? Kyle Larson was removed from the pole position Friday because his #42 Chevy failed inspection after qualifying with an improper rear decklid fin. But the same part was found to be in compliance in inspection before qualifying. How did that happen? NBCSN analyst Steve Letarte explained during practice Saturday morning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway how a part that isn't supposed to be adjusted apparently was between the first and second inspection. Watch the video here for Letarte's analysis of the penalty, which will drop Larson to the rear at Sunday's green flag for the second consecutive race.(NBC Sports)(7-15-2017)
Truex wins New Hampshire pole when Larson's time is disallowed: Inspection issues continued for Kyle Larson and his Chip Ganassi Racing team, whose pole-winning time was disallowed in Friday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying session because his rear decklid fin was outside specifications. The infraction handed the top starting spot to series leader Martin Truex Jr. Larson dominated Friday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, posting the fastest lap in each of the three sessions. Because of the penalty, Larson will start last for the second straight race -- the #42 failed to clear pre-qualifying inspection last week at Kentucky. After qualifying second for the sixth time this year, Truex won his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season, his first at New Hampshire and the 13th of his career, touring the one-mile track in 28.621 seconds (133.077 mph) to warn the right to lead the field to the green flag in Sunday's Overton's 301. Jimmie Johnson qualified second, followed by Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray and Kasey Kahne. Driving a backup car after crashing off Turn 4 in opening practice, Denny Hamlin advanced to the final round and qualified eighth. Aric Almirola will start 21st in his first race since suffering a compression fracture of his T5 vertebra on May 13 at Kansas Speedway.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](7-14-2017)
Kentucky Penalties; Larson docked 35 pts & crew chief suspended: #42-Kyle Larson, the points leader in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, was fined 35 driver points and crew chief Chad Johnston suspended three races and fined $75,000 after NASCAR found that the #42 Chevy from the Kentucky race had an illegal rear brake cooling assembly. The 2nd place race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes. Ductwork or other devices are not allowed to pass from one area of the interior of the vehicle to another or to the outside of the vehicle. The team was assessed with the loss of 35 owner points. The loss of points drop Larson from 1st in the drivers points standings to 2nd, now 34 behind #78-Truex Jr. Also fined was #18-Kyle Busch's crew chief, Adam Stevens, was fined $10,000 for one loose lugnut.(NASCAR)[More](see full report here)
Statement on penalty assessed by NASCAR to the #42 team and Crew Chief Chad Johnston. "We accept the penalty and will move forward"(Chip Ganassi Racing Twitter)(7-12-2017)
Kyle Larson knocks Ganassi teammate Jamie McMurray off Sonoma pole #42-Kyle Larson didn't think he had a pole-winning lap, especially after he wheel-hopped into Turn 11 at Sonoma Raceway and lost speed through the tight hairpin corner in Saturday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying session. But Larson's lap was good enough to edge Chip Ganassi Racing teammate #1-Jamie McMurray for the top starting spot in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the 1.99-mile road course in California wine country. McMurray was first out in the final round and set the target at 95.204 mph. Of the 11 drivers who followed, only Larson was able to top the driver of the #1 Chevy, and only by .091 seconds. That completed a Ganassi Racing sweep of the front row for a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race for the third time in team history. Martin Truex Jr. qualified third, followed by Kyle Busch and AJ Allmendinger. Danica Patrick, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Chris Buescher and Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed the top 10.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](6-24-2017)
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)
Superb restarts propel Kyle Larson to victory in Michigan: Two weeks ago at Dover, Kyle Larson took a painful master class in restarts from Professor Jimmie Johnson. In Sunday's FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Larson graduated with high honors, using a series of exceptional restarts to win his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season and his second in a row, dating to last August, at the two-mile track in the Irish Hills. At Dover, Larson lost a race in which he had the dominant car when Johnson snookered him on a late restart and seized control of the race.[More](6-18-2017)
Larson wins at Michigan: #42-Kyle Larson won the FireKeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway for his 2nd win of 2017, 1st win at Michigan, and 3rd career win. Larson started from the pole and led 96 of the 200 laps.
#24-Elliott finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #11-Hamlin, #1-McMurray, #78-Truex, Jr., #18-Busch, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #88-Earnhardt, Jr., and #48-Johnson.
Larson takes the points lead from Truex, Jr by 5 points.
Stages 1 & 2 were both won by #78-Martin Truex, Jr.
There were 10 lead changes among 4 drivers and 8 cautions for 34 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 143.369mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
Kyle Larson edges Martin Truex Jr. for Michigan pole: Martin Truex Jr. thought he had the pole for Sunday's FireKeepers Casino 400-until Kyle Larson made the last run in the final round of Friday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying at Michigan International Speedway. Driving the #42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Larson, who won the first Cup race of his career last August at MIS, covered the two-mile distance in 35.616 seconds (202.156 mph), edging Truex (202.117 mph) for the top starting spot by a scant .007 seconds.[More](6-16-2017)
Kyle Larson comments on qualifying issues: #42-Larson did not make a qualifying attempt for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway after the team was unable to get through pre-qualifying inspection.[More](5-25-2017)
Kyle Larson grabs top starting spot for Monster Energy All-Star Race: Friday's qualifying session for the Monster Energy All-Star Race was all about staying mistake-free. Kurt Busch didn't. Kyle Larson did, and that was the difference between starting first and starting fifth.[More](5-19-2017)
Larson explains practice accident: Kyle Larson had an accident in the final practice session for the Go Bowling 400, which resulted in the team having to pull out a back-up car.[More](5-12-2017)
Larson says he remains loyal to Chip Ganassi: #42-Kyle Larson met with the media Friday at Richmond International Speedway and was asked about speculation that he could move to Hendrick Motorsports after Earnhardt, Jr's retirement.[More](4-29-2017)
Stage racing's impact on the points standings: The introduction of stage points is creating large intervals in the points standings. The most points a driver could earn in a Cup race in 2016 was 45: 40 points for first, three bonus points for winning the race and then a bonus point for leading a lap and a bonus point for leading the most laps.[More](4-17-2017)
More teams eligible for playoffs so far this year: After seven races in the NASCAR season, the sport's premier series is experiencing its highest level of parity this early since the introduction of the current playoff format in 2014. Jimmie Johnson's win Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway put the number of teams and drivers eligible for the playoffs via wins at six each ahead of the Easter break.[More](4-17-2017)
Ganassi open to Larson racing in Indianapolis 500 at some point: As the Indianapolis 500 draws near, the tweets starts flooding Chip Ganassi's inbox all asking the same question: When will he enter Kyle Larson in the Indy 500? Larson wants to run the race, and Ganassi is open to entering the budding NASCAR star. But it has to make sense for the team, driver and organization.[More](4-8-2017)
Qualifying rainout puts Larson on the pole at Martinsville: For the second straight week, Kyle Larson will start on the pole for a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event. He can only hope the result of the race is the same, too. Last week, Larson won the pole at Auto Club Speedway and went on to win last Sunday's race at the two-mile track. On Friday, when rain washed out time trials at Martinsville Speedway, Larson earned the top starting spot for Sunday's STP 500 (2 p.m. ET on FS1) on the basis of owner points. However, Larson will have to overcome his own history at the .526-mile track.9More](3-31-2017)
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)
Ganassi 'concerned' when Larson races sprint cars: Chip Ganassi said he would be happy if Kyle Larson, who won his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday, decided he no longer wanted to race sprint cars. The dangers of sprint car racing were further illustrated Saturday when veteran and former NASCAR, ARCA and IndyCar driver Dave Steele died in a crash at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, Fla.[More](3-28-2017)
Larson wins at Auto Club: #42-Kyle Larson won the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Auto Club, and 2nd career win. Larson started from the pole and dominated much of the race, leading 109 of the 202 laps.
#2-Keselowski finished second followed by #14-Bowyer, #78-Truex, Jr., #22-Logano, #1-McMurray, #19-Saurez, #18-Busch, #21-Blaney, and #24-Elliott.
#42-Larson led at the end of the first stage, with Truex, Jr second. Truex, Jr. lead at the end of stage 2, with Larson 2nd.
There were 17 lead changes among 8 drivers and 7 cautions for 29 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 136.359mph.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Sunday, March 26 at 10:30pm/et on FS1; Monday, March 27 at 6:30am/et on FS1; Monday, March 27 at 9:30am/et on FS2
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf).
Cumulative Report (pdf)
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
Another solid run leaves Kyle Larson near the series lead: Those looking for an in-depth understanding of NASCAR's stage-based competition format can take a lesson from Kyle Larson. With his runner-up finish in Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Larson recorded his second straight second-place run in the young Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The driver of the #42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet is leaving Las Vegas second in the series standings, trailing Brad Keselowski by a single point.[More](3-13-2017)
Larson, team not happy with early exit from Clash: #42-Kyle Larson's car was parked with 14 laps remaining in the Clash at Daytona exhibition Sunday when his team had more than six crewmen over the wall to work on the car. NASCAR's new damaged vehicle policy states that the penalty for "too many men over the wall" is the car can't continue in the race.[More]
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)
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)
Larson explains loyalty to Ganassi: The NASCAR courtship of Kyle Larson mostly came down to cash. Because the driver didn't have any to offer, choosing a team was an easy decision. "I got to come down to Charlotte and meet with a lot of team owners and stuff, and every single one of them was like, 'Oh yeah, we'd love to do something with you, but we need a half-million dollars,' " Larson said on this week's NASCAR on NBC podcast. "I earned all my rides. I didn't bring money to any ride." During the new podcast episode, which will be released early Wednesday morning, Larson explains the yearlong process that led to signing with Chip Ganassi Racing after meeting with several teams in the Sprint Cup Series during the 2011 season in which he became a breakout star in USAC. Aside from Ganassi, virtually every team either asked Larson to bring sponsorship or couldn't guarantee him a long-term plan to reach Cup.
"If anyone knows Chip, all of his conversations, at least with me and most people, are really short," said Larson, who also offers a brief impersonation of his team owner during the podcast. "Within the first minute probably of talking to him, he was 'Oh yeah, how do we sign you up?' So I was like, 'Well, this is awesome. He's the only guy who didn't mention a thing about any money.'
"I definitely have to be loyal to him for giving me a shot and taking a big chance on me. It was a huge gamble for this team and Target on a 19-year-old kid from California."NBC Sports)(9-7-2016)
Target ending IndyCar sponsorship; will continue with Larson in 2017: Target will leave IndyCar at the end of this season after 27 years with Chip Ganassi Racing that included 11 championships and four Indianapolis 500 victories. The exit comes as Target is examining all of its marketing platforms under new chairman Brian Cornell. Target is also the primary sponsor of Kyle Larson in NASCAR's top Sprint Cup Series and will return to his car in 2017. Target's relationship with Ganassi is one of the longest in any racing series, and the retail giant was a key player in helping Ganassi build his organization. Target not only sponsored Ganassi's first car as a team owner, it eventually became a partner as the Ganassi team grew to one of the top two players in open wheel racing. "It was a really difficult decision that we made -- we've been with Chip Ganassi Racing for 27 years and we are ridiculously proud of the success," [senior vice president Scott] Nygaard said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "But the Target brand is about being fresh and new, so we felt like this was the time to make the difficult decision and expand our sports marketing platform." About the NASCAR sponsorship, Nygaard said only that Target is excited for the 2017 season with Larson. Target's contract with Ganassi runs through next year.(Associated Press/ESPN.com)(7-27-2016)
Chip Ganassi won't rule out Ford NASCAR move: NASCAR team owner Chip Ganassi has refused to rule out a future switch from Chevrolet to Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup having strengthened its ties with the manufacturer ahead of the 2016 season. CGR has been synonymous with Chevrolet in NASCAR, but the team is strengthening its ties with Ford after joining forces to spearhead its new Le Mans and World Endurance Championship programme having worked together during the Daytona Prototype sportscar era. It also enjoys success in IndyCar using Honda engines (CORRECTION: the team runs Chevy in IndyCar NOT Honda). Though owner Ganassi maintains he is happy running three programmes with three different partners [CGR actually runs in six different series not three - NASCAR, NASCAR XFINITY (Chevy), IndyCar (Chevy), IMSA & WEC (Ford) and Global Rally Cross (Ford)], he suggests there is potential for more homogeny with Ford in the future, saying 'I would never say never. I would not rule it out all. I'm happy to run Honda (Chevy) in Indycar, Chevy in NASCAR and Ford in Sportscar racing, all the manufacturers we work with are fully aware of my deals with the other manufacturers, I go in with an open book. I think that is what it takes to be in this business today. I would compare it to a car dealer that has multiple name plates or a manufacturing company which work for different manufacturers. I think it's important that they understand that we do not kiss and tell. We try to the best we can for everyone."(Crash.net, article is a little inaccurate)(2-11-2016)
Chip Ganassi Racing forms Generation Ganassi Driver Identification Program: Chip Ganassi and his Chip Ganassi Racing Teams announced the creation of the Generation Ganassi (Gen G) racing talent identification program, a mentorship that will look to identify and assist North America's young and talented race car drivers. The program identifies 13-18 year old drivers as "Ones to Watch" in the world of auto racing and offers professional guidance to aid in fostering their growth within the sport of auto racing. The first recipient of the 2016 Generation Ganassi moniker is a 15-year-old driver from Canada named Devlin Defrancesco. Defrancesco has been racing karts since 2006 where he has had much success including winning the Canadian National Junior Championship in 2013, also named Vice-Champion of the CSAI Italian Championship and was third overall in the CIK FIA European Karting Championship. In 2015, he joined British racing team Carlin Motorsports to prepare for races in the FIA Formula 4 Championship.(Chip Ganassi Racing)(11-7-2015)
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)
Chip Ganassi changes team name, drops Earnhardt from NASCAR operation: When Sprint Cup testing begins Thursday morning at Daytona International Speedway, there will be one well-known NASCAR name missing among the list of team owners. Earnhardt. The #1 and #42 Sprint Cup teams, which were run the last five years under the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates banner, will now return to their former name: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. The sign outside the North Carolina shop already has been changed, and stickers on the cars and patches on the driver and crew uniforms will carry the Chip Ganassi logo instead of the EGR logo. Ganassi officials confirmed the change Wednesday but had no comment on the financial structure of the current organization, which fields Sprint Cup cars for Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson. Teresa Earnhardt, widow of seven-time Cup champion Dale Earnhardt and owner of Dale Earnhardt Inc., has not been involved in the day-to-day operations of the team and with the change apparently no longer has any financial stake in the NASCAR operation. There will be no change in the operation of the Ganassi teams, as Teresa Earnhardt has had little influence on the organization's day-to-day operations. Ganassi began using Hendrick Motorsports engines in 2013 in its two Cup cars.(in part from the Sporting News)(1-9-2014)