|Series||Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series|
|Drivers||#1 - Jamie McMurray|
#42 - Kyle Larson
|Sponsors||#1 - McDonald's/Cessna|
#42 - Target
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates is a stock car racing team. It is owned by businessmen Chip Ganassi, Felix Sabates, and Rob Kauffman. Teresa Earnhardt, widow of the late Dale Earnhardt, was part owner between 2009 and 2013.
The team is based in Concord, North Carolina, which is a suburb of Charlotte.
In NASCAR Cup series they field the #1 McDonalds/[ Chevrolet SS driven by Jamie McMurray and the #42 Target Chevrolet driven by Kyle Larson. The NASCAR operation was formed in 1989 by Felix Sabates, a Cuban immigrant who was a self-made millionare in products such as Teddy Ruxpin. The team was known as Team SABCO or SABCO Racing. In 2001, Ganassi bought 80% of the ownership interest in the team, the same year the team switched from Chevy to Dodge. The team operated under the name Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabetes. In 2009, CGR merged with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. to form Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. EGR acquired the #1 and #8 teams from DEI while it kept the #42 from CGR. The team also switched from Dodge back to Chevy. In 2014, Earnhardt's name was removed from the team and reverted back to the old CGR name.
Car #39 History Edit
The 39 car is often a research and development car for CGN. It debuted in 2003 at Watkins Glen with Scott Pruett driving, starting 28th and finishing 2nd. Pruett and the car reappeared in 2004 and 2005 at Infineon, where Pruett finished 3rd and 31st, respectively. He also attempted The Glen, but he failed to qualify both years. In 2005, former champion Bill Elliott drove the car with Coors sponsorship at the Bud Shootout when his regular ride was unavailable. David Stremme then drove seven races in preparation for his bid in 2006 for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Rookie of the Year. Casey Mears was originally going to drive this car full-time in this season with sponsorship from Home123, but it was later announced he would drive the 42 car instead. Home123 has terminated its contract with CGN, and this car will most likely continue to be used R&D purposes only.
Car #40 History Edit
The 40 car debuted in 1993 as the 2nd car in the SABCO stable. It had sponsorship from Dirt Devil and was piloted by rookie driver Kenny Wallace. After Wallace finished 3rd behind Bobby Labonte and Jeff Gordon in the Rookie of the Year standings, he left for other opportunities. Bobby Hamilton drove the car the next season with sponsorship from Kendall Motor Oil, during which the #40 car was bought by Dick Brooks. Hamilton finished 23rd in points that year. The 1995 season saw multiple drivers such as Rich Bickle, Greg Sacks, and Shane Hall pilot the car. But at the end of the year, Brooks closed up shop and sold the team back to Sabates. The team came back in 1996 with First Union sponsoring the car and Greg Sacks driving. Returning full-time the next year, rookie driver Robby Gordon drove and Coors Light paying the bills, things looked promising when Gordon won the pole at the spring Atlanta race, but Gordon, an open-wheel ace, suffered burns at the Indianapolis 500. By the time he came back, the damage was done, and despite picking up a top-5 at Watkins Glen, Gordon was released. Sacks returned to finish out the year.
For 1998, Sabates chose a more experienced driver in 2-time Daytona 500 winner Sterling Marlin. But for a brief time, the plan backfired. Marlin DNQ-d at the spring Atlanta race, one year after the team won the pole position there, marking the first time since 1986 Marlin missed a Winston Cup race. At the end of the year, Marlin had 6 top-10's and was 18th in points. Marlin showed a brief insurgence in 1999 when he won the pole at Pocono. But the mediocricity continued, and it looked like Marlin's best days were behind him. In 2001, the car got a new silver-red paint scheme, a manufacturer switch to Dodge, a new crew chief in Lee McCall, and a new owner in Ganassi. Marlin made an impression by winning his qualifying race for the Daytona 500, but the euphoria soon vaporized. On the last lap of the 500, Marlin's car bumped into Dale Earnhardt, causing the 7-time champion to lose control and crash into the wall, killing him. Out of anger and grief, fans sent hate mail and death threats to Marlin and his wife, claiming him responsible for Earnhardt's death. They only ceased when Earnhardt's drivers, his son Dale Jr. and Michael Waltrip publicly defended Marlin. Marlin was able to rise above the controversy, and gave Dodge its first win since its return to NASCAR at Michigan, and finished 3rd in points. Marlin led the points standings for most of 2002, but broke his neck at Kansas Speedway, ending his season. Jamie McMurray, scheduled to drive the #42 car the following season, filled in for Marlin. At Lowe's Motor Speedway, McMurray beat out Bobby Labonte to win his first race in just his second Nextel Cup start. The emotional victory was capped off with a phone call from Marlin through the television network congratulaing McMurray on his victory Since then, Marlin has not won a race, and soon-to-be rookie David Stremme will replace Marlin in 2006. This move outraged some fans, since Coors and Ganassi have both stated that the decision was partly due to Coors attempting to target the younger demographic. Stremme disapointed only scoring a handful of top 10s in 2006 and 2007 and has been dropped in favour of current IRL Series Champ Dario Franchitti. After struggling to catch sponsors, on July 1,2008 Chip Ganassi Racing announced they are closing the #40, due to lack of sponsorship and funding, and that the #40 would not finish the rest of the 2008 season
Car #41 History Edit
The #41 car is the original part of Ganassi's NASCAR stable. It debuted in 1989 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, as the #42 PEAK Chevy driven by Kyle Petty, who finished 4th. The car ran on and off for the rest of the year before moving to full-time status in 1990. Petty won one race and finished 11th in points that year. Petty was running strong in 1991 with new sponsorship from Mello Yello, before he broke his leg in an accident at Talladega Superspeedway. He was replaced by Bobby Hillin, Jr., Tommy Kendall, and Kenny Wallace while he recovered. Petty didn't seem to miss a beat, as he finished 5th in points in both 1992 and 1993.
After that, his career began to run out of steam, as began DNQ-ing and losing consistency. He won his final race in 1995 at Dover, the first year the car had Coors Light sponsoring the car. In 1996, Petty was temporarily replaced by Jim Sauter to recover from more injuries. After that year, Petty and Sabates split and Coors moved to the #40 car. Joe Nemechek and BellSouth came onboard. The year got off to a rocky start, when Nemechek DNQ'd at the Daytona 500, but was able to get in on a car bought from Phil Barkdoll. After losing his brother John in an accident Homestead-Miami Speedway(and missing Darlington to attend his funeral, he was replaced by Phil Parsons in the meantime), Nemechek developed a prowess for qualifying, garnering two pole positions and the nickname "Front Row Joe." Nemechek finished a then-career best 26th in points in 1998, before hitting paydirt the following season. Weeks after announcing that they would not race together in 2000, Nemechek won his first Winston Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway, and won two more pole positions.
In 2000 Kenny Irwin Jr. took over. He was just adjusting to his new team when tragically, he was killed in a practice accident at New Hampshire, the first race since the team won there the previous year. The team took one week off and returned as #01 driven by Ted Musgrave. For 2001, the BellSouth brand Cingular became the sponsor and rookie driver Jason Leffler handling the driving chores. Leffler struggled despite winning a pole at the inaugural race at Kansas Speedway, and he was released at the end of the season. When Cingular moved to the 31 car, Target became the sponsor, the number was changed to #41, and Jimmy Spencer was tabbed to replace Leffler. Spencer DNQ'd for the Daytona 500, and was replaced by Scott Pruett at Watkins Glen, then was released. To the surprise of many, Casey Mears, an inexperience and unheralded Busch Series driver was hired to drive the car. After struggling initally, he has come along steadily in Nextel Cup. Reed Sorenson has driven this car ever since.
Car #42 History Edit
What is now the 42 car was the 87 car owned and driven by Nemechek. After he signed with Sabates in 1996, Sabates bought the majority ownership of the team, which debuted at the 1997 Daytona 500 as the #46 First Union Chevy driven by Wally Dallenbach Jr.. After skipping several races, the team moved full time. Dallenbach competed in 22 races and finished 41st in points. He only raced in four races in 1998 before he was replaced by a rotation of drivers including Jeff Green, Morgan Shepherd, and Tommy Kendall. After First Union stopped their backing at the end of the season, the team was scheduled to close down, but instead it changed its number to 01 and served as the team's research and development car. Green, Steve Grissom, and Ron Hornaday drove the car on a limited schedule in 1999. The team reappeared at Sears Point in 2001 as car #04 when Leffler drove the car while Dorsey Schroeder piloted his regular ride. Leffler DNQ'd. The car came back as #42 in 2002 at Watkins Glen when Jimmy Spencer DNQ'd like Leffler when Scott Pruett drove his normal car. The car was scheduled to run seven races with Jamie McMurray driving, but when McMurray filled in for Sterling Marlin, the team didn't run until 2003, when it raced full-time for the first time several years with McMurray driving the car with Texaco/Havoline sponsoring the car. McMurray won rookie of the year honors that year, but will not run with the team following 2005, as he will replace Kurt Busch at Roush Racing. Casey Mears took his place. In 2006 Mears left for Hendrick, they hired former Formula One Driver Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya won his first race at Infenion and won the Rookie of the Year championship.