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Silver & Goals
This story is an excerpt from RACER magazine's THE GREAT TEAMS ISSUE.
Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan swap red for silver when they race in the 98th Indianapolis 500 on May 25. Later that day, NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie Kyle Larson also gets the metallic treatment for the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte. And it's all to celebrate 25 years of Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
Given the transient nature of sports sponsorships, particularly in racing, it's remarkable that the Target-Ganassi relationship has endured for so long. Or maybe it isn't so remarkable... From the outset in 1990, as Ganassi built his team into the powerhouse it's become, theirs was always a true partnership, and remains so.
Michael Andretti, who scored TCGR's first victory in 1994, and whose team now competes against his former employer, says: "Even back then, I could see signs that Chip was building a championship-winning team. He took it very seriously, made a lot of good decisions and he had that racer's attitude. He was never a guy who'd be content with the occasional win. I'd say Chip was always going to be part of the racing elite."
Dixon and Kanaan race a commemorative silver livery in the Indy 500.
Alex Zanardi after winning his first and TCGR's second consecutive CART Indy car crown in 1997.
Montoya and TCGR dominated the 2000 Indy 500, despite unfamiliarity with the equipment.
TCGR first entered NASCAR in 2002 in partnership with Felix Sabates.
In 2008, Scott Dixon delivered TCGR's first Indy 500/IndyCar Series title double.