Chip Ganassi named grand marshal for Rolex 24

World-renowned car owner Chip Ganassi has been named the grand marshal for the Rolex 24 at Daytona to be held later this month.

Chip Ganassi Racing is known for competing in the IndyCar Series, NASCAR Series and the Xfinity Series, among others. The company also entered the IMSA Series in 2004, capturing its first overall victory two years later.

Ganassi will be charged with giving the command, “Drivers, start your engines,” before the road-course race that begins Jan. 27 and goes for 24 hours.

“This is a really big honor for me to be recognized by a race that has meant so much to me over my career, both as a driver and an owner,” Ganassi said.

Chip Ganassi Racing owns seven victories in the IMSA series opener.

Ganassi was a successful businessman and former race driver when he formed his company in 1990. In 2001, he bought a majority stake in Sabates’ Team SABCO NASCAR team. He later moved his CART team to the rival Indy Racing League, which is now known as the IndyCar Series.

Ganassi teamed with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. in 2008, merging their NASCAR operations into Ganassi’s shop. The Earnhardt name was dropped in 2014.

Current Chip Ganassi Racing drivers include Scott Dixon and Ed Jones.

–Field Level Media

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