Chip Ganassi knows his way around Daytona, especially when it comes to the Rolex 24. Ganassi teams have won this event a record six times. Still, this year would mark something special for the team owner — his 200th win in a major racing series spanning IndyCar, NASCAR, and sports car, according to nascar.com.
“I want to win the race, I’m not worried about number 200 or number 300,’’ Ganassi said. “But,” he conceded with a smile, “certainly to get the 200th at a historical event would be a feather in our cap.’’
Ganassi has been around tracks a long time. He’s loved by his teams for his laid-back attitude bolstered by a firm expectation of excellence. The six drivers on his team this weekend want to win this as much for Ganassi as their own egos.
“It’s a big, big deal for everyone on the team and within the organization,” said IndyCar and French driver Sebastien Bourdais. “We’ve got the first shot at putting it (200) on the board so I don’t think it would be a bad association for Chip to have 200 synonymous with winning at Daytona. The story would be pretty cool.”
Ganassi has six drivers from all over the globe teaming up to try and get this win. It’s a multi-national approach for a boss who has done much for their careers.
“I’ve been able to win my personal biggest races with Chip, so to win a 200th for Chip would be another big thing for me,” said IMSA driver Joey Hand. “I definitely think it’s possible. I’d love to do that.’’