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 nine championship titles
and 89 wins, including four Indianapolis 500 victories.
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., 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
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 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.
The 2010 season marked Franchitti and Dixon’s
second season as Target teammates, and the two quickly picked up on where they
left off in 2009. Franchitti drove to
the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series Championship winning three races, including the
Indianapolis 500, while Dixon posted three victories and finished third in the
For the second time in team history in 2011,
Ganassi scored his second run of four consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series
Championships as an owner with Dixon (2008) and Franchitti (2009-2011). Franchitti (four) and Dixon (two) collected six
wins throughout the season along with 18 podium finishes and four poles. Both Team Target drivers finished in the
top-three in IZOD IndyCar driver points in 2011 with Franchitti bringing home
the championship and Dixon in third, fifty-five points behind his teammate,
making it the sixth-straight year that Team Target has placed two cars in the
top-four in overall championship standing.
2012 saw the introduction of a new (DW12)
spec chassis for the series designed by Dallara. This would mark the fourth season
for Franchitti and Dixon as teammates. Franchitti was first to score a victory
for TCGR at the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500, becoming the
10th driver in history to achieve three victories there. Dixon
followed with wins at Detroit and Mid-Ohio and finished the season in third
place in the drivers’ standings, followed by Franchitti in seventh place.
2013 will see Dixon and Franchitti return for
their fifth year as teammates at TCGR to contend for the IZOD IndyCar