Chip Ganassi to be honoured by Petersen museum


13 Nov 2019

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American motorsport icon Chip Ganassi will be honoured by a new exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles throughout 2020.

The exhibit will celebrate Ganassi’s three decades in motorsport, with trophies, cars, and other artefacts being displayed.

The museum will house 10 cars from across Chip Ganassi Racing’s history, including the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi himself at the Indianapolis 500; the Lexus-powered Riley MK XI raced by Scott Dixon, Dan Wheldon, and Casey Mears at the 24 Hours at Daytona in 2006; the 2010 Dallara IR-05 driven by Dario Franchitti to victory at the Indianapolis 500 (below); the 2016 Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE Pro category 50 years after Ford’s famous one-two-three in 1966 (bottom); and the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch. A full list of cars on display has yet to be confirmed.

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“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.”

As a team owner Ganassi has won 11 IndyCar drivers’ titles, four sports car titles, and 221 races across IndyCar, NASCAR, sports cars, and rallycross. Among those victories is also four Indy 500 wins, the most recent coming in 2012 courtesy of Franchitti.

Ganassi has been involved in motorsport for 30 years, running teams in IndyCar, NASCAR, and sports car racing and the temporary exhibit at the famed museum will commemorate his company’s success.

Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute will run from December 12 of this year until January 31, 2021.

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