Chip Ganassi has a slogan, one that sticks. See, he tweets the phrase “I like winners” – a lot. The great team owner in various forms of motorsports surrounds himself with the best, hence why he’s so successful. That’s why he wins in everything, because his value of winners propels his teams to a lot of victory lane celebrations.
But, since last November, Ganassi hasn’t been in the news much. His rival Roger Penske has stolen all the motorsports headlines with his purchase of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as well as the NTT IndyCar Series late last Fall. The only thing that has came out of the Ganassi camp since, has been the departure of Felix Sabates, who retired at seasons end for 2019.
Since the NASCAR Cup Series season finale last November at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, none of Ganassi’s teams have raced yet. But, he’s still winning under the radar. Here’s how.
Kyle Larson, one of his two drivers in NASCAR, won the Chili Bowl last weekend. He beat 359 other drivers en route to his first Chili Bowl triumph. Larson, did so with his own USAC Midget team. Ganassi, had no affiliation in that race whatsoever, other than his driver racing in an extra curricular activity.
Then, on Sunday, eight days after Larson’s win, one of his three NTT IndyCar Series drivers in Scott Dixon won his fourth Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona race. This was the first for Dixon with CGR, as Ganassi closed up shop on their IMSA program following Ford’s departure.
Ganassi, gave Dixon the okay to race for Wayne Taylor Racing, as he and his teammate last year at Ganassi in IMSA, Ryan Briscoe, teamed up with WTR to win another Rolex.
Two races, two weekends and Ganassi drivers are winning. While it’s not for Chip himself, it goes to show that his liking winners is going a long way. Winning prestigious races like Larson and Dixon are doing this offseason gives them a ton of confidence when their respective series’ start their seasons here soon.
Penske may have won the headlines this offseason, but Ganassi is winning them even without a team running on track activity, yet.