Chip Ganassi Racing Announce Two Car Entry For Rolex 24

by James Broomhead
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates at the 2011 Rolex 24 (Photo Credit: Grand-Am)

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates at the 2011 Rolex 24 (Photo Credit: Grand-Am)

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates will bring a two car, eight driver line-up to the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The team are among the most successful outfit in the Rolex Series, and are four time overall winners of the twice-around-the-clock race at Daytona International Speedway. In addition regular driver Scott Pruett is a four time overall winner of the race, with five further class wins at the race.

He and teammate Memo Rojas will start their sixth season with the Ganassi squad as reigning champions for a full season with BMW also returning as engine partners to power the team's Riley chassis.

For the Rolex 24 Pruett and Rojas will be reunited with Joey Hand and Graham Rahal to defend their 2011 race win in the no.01 TELMEX backed entry. The sister no.2 car will be shared by a quartet of drivers brought in from Ganassi's other race teams – multiple and reigning Indycar champion Dario Franchitti joining open-wheel teammate Scott Dixon and NASCAR drivers Juan Montoya and Jamie McMurray.

“We have been fortunate to have experienced a lot of success in the GRAND-AM series over the last eight years,” said Ganassi. “That success stems from a number of factors – like having great drivers behind the wheel, taking great equipment to the track, having great people in the shop and finding great partners.  I am pleased to say that once again we will have all of that.  Our drivers and the people we have building the cars are second to none and it is good to partner with TELMEX once again.  TELMEX has been with us from the start and have been integral to our success on the track.  But additionally, we are pleased to continue our relationships with Dinan and BMW.  They are a very big part of the team and our success.” 

“As for the Rolex 24, it is always fun to put together a lineup that includes drivers from all different forms of racing – GRAND-AM, INDYCAR, NASCAR and ALMS.  But most importantly I simply love this race.  Because it is an endurance race, it takes so much more to be successful in it and I think it says a lot about an organization that can make it to victory lane.  I can't wait.”

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