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Chip Ganassi

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Chip Ganassi’s Birthday Highlights

Birth Name

Chip Ganassi

Place Of Birth

"Pittsburgh ", USA

Age

64 years old

Birth Date

May 24, 1958

Star Sign

Taurus

Chip Ganassi Facts

Child Star?

No

Occupation

Owner, CEO Racing Team

Education & Qualifications

"Fox Chapel Area High School "

Net Worth

$40 million

Current Partner

"Cara Small "

Children

"Tessa Ganassi "

Parents

Floyd Ganassi Sr, Maria Moia Ganassi

Height

1.6m (5'3"")

Nationality

American

Chinese Year

Year of the Dog

Annual Earnings

$56 thousand+ per year

About Chip Ganassi 

Chip Ganassi is the owner of Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ganassi's team usually participates in Extreme E, WeatherTech SportsCar Championships, and the IndyCar series. He is the only team that has won all the major racing championships in America.

This businessman was born Floyd Ganassi Jr on May 24, 1958. Ganassi's career saw an upward swing when a serious car crash ended a promising career on the circuit. The accident happened in 1984 during the Indy Michigan 500 race. Ganassi's car's cut tire caused it to drift towards the lane of Al Unser Jr, who ploughed into Ganassi's car's broadside. Both the cars began a downward slide towards the infield. Though Unser's car lost its roof, it managed to stay upright. But Ganassi's was another case. His car took flight and turned over several times before hitting the restraining wall and disintegrating.

Chip Ganassi Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Chip Ganassi's net worth?

This former racecar driver's net worth is $40 million.

How much does Chip Ganassi earn per year?

He grosses an annual income of about $56,000.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Chip Ganassi?

He is 5 ft 4 in (162 cm) tall.

How old is Chip Ganassi?

This team owner was born on May 24, 1958, and he is 64 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

Chip Ganassi is the son of Floyd Ganassi Sr and Marie Moia Ganassi. Floyd Ganassi Sr was a World War II veteran from Pennsylvania's West Newton, a borough in Westmoreland County. Ganassi Sr had made his fortune in the construction industry. Ganassi Jr was vice-president of his father's FRG group, which involved transportation, commercial real estate, and allied areas. He also played a pivotal role in building his son's IndyCar series team. He was the force behind Chip Ganassi's car racing career.

From Duquesne University in 1982, he graduated with a degree in Finance. In 2011, from Carnegie Mellon University, he got an honorary doctorate.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Chip Ganassi's partner?

His wife is Cara Small. She was erstwhile tennis professional, and they were married in 1995. They have a daughter Tessa Ganassi who seems to be following in her father's footsteps. She was seen in the Indianapolis 500 circuit to make it to the first selection in the qualifiers.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

This American businessman learned driving at the Bob Bondurant driving school in 1977 while still a Fox Chapel Area High School student.

He began his auto race career at CART race in 1982 after graduating from Duquesne University with a degree in Finance. Though a faulty car part prevented him from completing the race, he was qualified as the fastest rookie in the Phoenix CART race. He was at the ninth position in the CART ranking.

He took part in the Indianapolis 500 auto race five times. His best, though not pole position, was at eighth position in 1983. Also, that same year he has voted the Most Improved Driver.

In that same season, as part of Patrick Racing team Wildcat, this racing drive was among the first three, and that too two times -at Las Vegas Caesar's Palace and Laguna Seca. In the following season, he achieved his career-best when he finished second in the 1984 Budweiser Grand Prix in Cleveland.

However, this most happening racer's racing ended abruptly when he crashed into Al Unser Jr's car in the next race. Though Unser Jr escaped unscathed, it was a different story for Chip Ganassi. He suffered head injuries that halted his racing career, and he was out of circulation for nearly nine months. He never raced after this incident.

While he was convalescing, he realized he did not want to leave the track. So he decided to become a team manager instead managing racing teams. Thus was born Chip Ganassi Team in 1990. It began with Chip buying a share in Patrick Racing in 1988. He began with one Indy car team sponsored by a relatively unknown Target department store chain. Chip's team grew to four cars in the IndyCar Series, a prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, and two in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

He owns two cars in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, they are the number one and number 42, driven by Kurt Busch and Ross Chastain. The cars are Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Hendrick Motorsports takes care of the technical aspects of these cars. He also owns three cars in IZOD IndyCar Series. He owns one car participating in the Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype class.

Ganassi has a knack for challenging his drivers, which is an innovative aspect of his. He is very adept at mixing and matching talents, something he has picked up from open-wheel backgrounds and a love of sports cars. Many iconic drivers have been part of his team. Former series champion Matt Kenseth, McMurray, Jimmy Spencer, and Casey Mears were all teammates at one time. They were all his NASCAR drivers. Scott Dixon is his star driver. Montoya also joined the team almost at the same time as Dixon. Franchitti and Alex Zanardi are also his famous drivers.

Charity Work

Chip Ganassi is a supporter of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. His teams have donated more than half a million to various charities.

Chip Ganassi's Pit Crew Department was the winner of the Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award. This is awarded for the donation made by the team to Ronald McDonald House, which is involved in providing a home to families of children receiving treatment at local hospitals around Charlotte.

What awards has Chip Ganassi won?

Chip Ganassi Racing Team has quite impressive firsts. They have won 17 championships, four Indy500 victories, and 160 other assorted victories. The team has also won once Daytona Grand Prix and Brickyard 400 racing once. The team has also won six times in the Rolex 24 at Daytona racing and the 12 Hours of Sebring. His team won CART titles consecutively from 1996-1999, and his IndyCar Series wins have also been consecutive from 2003-2011.

Chip Ganassi's Hobbies And Interests

Apart from being a racing driver and team owner, Ganassi held a minor controlling interest in the Pittsburgh Pirates, a major league baseball team. He has been known to take an active interest in activities in Pittsburgh, his hometown. 

Other Interesting Chip Ganassi Facts And Trivia

  • This former racing driver won his first car race at the age of 18 in a Formula Ford.
  • He was the fastest rookie qualifier in the 1982 Indianapolis 500.
  • This racing driver was a motorcycle racer before he became an auto racer.
  • He is the only team owner in history to have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Brickyard 400, the Rolex 400 at Daytona, and the Indianapolis 500 races.
  • Deep in the Allegheny Mountain ranges in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, along the Laurel Hill ridge is the Laurel Hill tunnel that Ganassi uses to test and perfect the aerodynamics and drag associated with racing. He is said to perfect racing strategies for the Grand-Am and Indy 500 races.

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