Target/Chip Ganassi Racing

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Team owner Chip Ganassi and Target began their partnership in 1990 with the creation of a one-car IndyCar team. Since then, Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) has collected seven championship titles and 74 wins, including two Indianapolis 500 victories.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Target Team solidified its place in open-wheel racing history, as Chip Ganassi became the first owner to lead his team to four consecutive championships with Jimmy Vasser (1996), Alex Zanardi (1997-98) and Juan Pablo Montoya (1999). In 2000, Montoya won the Indianapolis 500, claiming the title for his team which had not raced at the famed Brickyard since 1995.

In 2003, following a switch from the CART Series to the Indy Racing League, Ganassi and Team Target driver Scott Dixon proved they could meet the challenge of a new series and new competition by capturing the 2003 IndyCar Series Championship.

Dixon won the team’s sixth championship in 2008 on the strength of his first Indianapolis 500 win and a record-tying six race victories.

In 2009, Dixon – the reigning IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 Champion, joined new teammate Dario Franchitti – the 2007 IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 Champion, and made history. TCGR became the first organization in major auto racing history to team drivers who had won both its sanctioning body’s Driver Championship (IndyCar Series) and its marquee event (Indianapolis 500) the previous two seasons.

The pairing of Dixon and Franchitti also came on the heels of Chip Ganassi Racing’s (CGR) best season in their 20-year history with 14 wins across six teams in four different touring series. In addition, CGR became one of only a handful of race teams to reach the 100-win milestone when it did so in 2008.

The combination of Dixon and Franchitti in 2009 proved to be exceptional, resulting in a one-two sweep of the point standings with Franchitti winning his second championship (2007). Along the way, Franchitti (five) and Dixon (five) combined to win 10 of 17 races this season for Target, who celebrated their 20th year of partnership with TCGR in 2009. The 10-win season tied the team record from the 19-race 1998 CART season, where Alex Zanardi won seven races and Jimmy Vasser took three.

Dixon and Franchitti will return again as teammates in 2010, having combined to win the past three series championships and two of the last three Indianapolis 500s.

The 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season features a 17-race schedule, with events on eight ovals, four permanent road courses and five temporary street circuits.

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