Team Owner Chip Ganassi was recognized at the 75th annual Dapper Dan Dinner & Sports Auction Wednesday night at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
The evening paid tribute to Fox Chapel resident Ganassi with the first sports leadership award, which will not be awarded annually.
In 2010, Ganassi became the first car owner to win the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 in the same year and only the second owner to win both in a lifetime. He added a Brickyard 400 win later in the year for good measure.
"I've always believed my Pittsburgh roots have played a large role in my work ethic and whatever success I've had in sports," Ganassi said. "Maybe it was the tremendous upbringing at the hands of my parents. Maybe it was the success of the sports teams of the 1970s in this town that made me expect to win. Or maybe it was just the good old work ethic that this town has.
"It was probably a combination of all three."