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Ross Chastain Loving Quiet Cup Arrival at Chip Ganassi Racing

Ross Chastain Daytona 2020

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It was a cool January night when the picture capturing Chip Ganassi’s past, present and future was taken. The image, posted on Chip Ganassi Racing’s Twitter profile Jan. 17, shows the 62-year-old standing in an open pit cabana at Sebring International Raceway in Florida. He’s flanked by eight mask-wearing men who have or will compete …

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5 Points to Ponder: Form Is Temporary, Class Is Permanent

2020 Las Vegas NCS Matt DiBenedetto Face NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Wildest Card Talladega is the dictionary definition of a wild-card stock car race — just look how many drivers got their first win there. So for those wheelmen currently on the wrong side of the cut line, this weekend offers the best possible chance at booking a spot in the final eight with a …

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Open Wheel Wednesday: Thoughts On The IndyCar Finale

2014 IndyCar Sonoma Dion Franchitti credit Linn Ladner

The Verizon IndyCar championship will be decided this weekend.  The race, being held at Auto Club Speedway, on Saturday night, is likely to be captivating, with a battle down to the end between Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves.  Should they both find a banana peel on the racetrack, Simon Pagenaud is lurking, sitting …

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No Bull: A Great Year Disguised as the Worst for 1 of NASCAR’s Best Owners

Chip Ganassi’s three-peat weekend only added to the craziness of the 2010 season for the ubiquitous owner. Saturday, Ganassi’s Grand-Am team of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas won by fractions of a second at Watkins Glen, and then 24 hours later, Juan Pablo Montoya won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for his first victory on tour in over three years.

Frontstretch Breakdown: 2010 Indy 500

Great Scot! Really. While most of the attention after qualifying fell to Tony Kanaan and his Andretti Autosport teammates having a rough month of May, drivers like Paul Tracy who didn’t make the field, or Helio Castroneves and his quest for a fourth victory, Dario Franchitti garnered very little attention. That’s OK. He let his right foot do his talking instead, going out and dominating the race. He led 155 of 200 laps, scoring his second Indy 500 victory and fourth overall for owner Chip Ganassi.

2010 Season Preview: How Will Danica REALLY Do?

Today’s Season Preview Topic: After a year’s worth of “will she or won’t she,” Danica Patrick is coming over to NASCAR after all. How do you think she’ll do in her limited schedule this year, and why?

Scott Speed Driver Diary: Getting Hitched, Danica & Racing with Kyle in Cars & on Dolphins!

First off, I have to say that things are going quite well in my first week of marriage. Amanda and I tied the knot over the off-weekend and everything worked out well. The weather was good, which was important because it was an outside ceremony. We’ll have to wait a little bit for our honeymoon …

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2008 Driver Review: Dario Franchitti

Dario Franchitti won the Rolex 24 with teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas and came into the 2008 season with solid expectations for a good rookie campaign and a spirited battle for Rookie of the Year honors. But it just wasn’t to be and all told, Franchitti ran just 10 races at the Sprint Cup level, with an average finish of 34th and one lap led under caution at Fontana. Simply put, Franchitti was more a victim of timing than necessarily a lack of driving talent. Rather, he was undone by the tough economic times, associated sponsor woes, and the ongoing struggles for performance at Chip Ganassi Racing. The irony is Franchitti survived two flips: first at Michigan: and then again the following week at Kentucky during the 2007 IRL season.

2008 Sprint Cup Rookie Report Cards: Economic Woes & Poor Performances Leave Their Mark

After a successful freshman campaign by Juan Pablo Montoya which included a win at Infineon, that trend set the tone for the freshman class of 2008, as four out of the six Rookie of the Year candidates were open-wheel converts. Just nine months later, there is a very real difference for those open wheelers that debuted in ’08 as compared to ’07 – just one of them appears ready to survive for a second season. What went wrong, and could their mistakes have been corrected? It’s now time for Professor Lumbis to grade their performance throughout the season, and take a look at the other new faces that emerged onto the scene and what the future may hold for them.

Fanning the Flames: Recent Hires Show NASCAR Owners Heading in a Familiar Direction

Q: Hi Matt! My question is about Dario Franchitti. I can’t say I was surprised to see him not perform well in his first season. Not that Dario isn’t a great driver… he is, just not in NASCAR. My question is, do you think Chip Ganassi pulled the trigger too early on Franchitti, or did he want to go back to open-wheel anyway?

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