431 - Chip Ganassi - I Like Winners
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and co-host Mike Davis sat down this week with one of the most accomplished car owners in motorsports history: Chip Ganassi. After finding his way into the world of auto racing through slot cars and dirt bikes, Chip built his own team and established a championship-winning culture that would deliver victories in every major event in the sport, as well as countless season titles across multiple disciplines. The interview discusses Chip’s upbringing and career behind the wheel at large, which saw him rise from the Formula Ford division to being the most improved driver in CART in 1983.
Chip details his horrific crash at Michigan International Speedway in 1984 that made doctors fear for the worse and sidelined him for six months. He explains it was during his recuperation that he figured out his next move, and before the age of 30, he bought into Patrick Racing. In 1990, the team officially became Chip Ganassi Racing, and as they say, the rest is history. Chip’s team has been one of the most dominant forces in American championship car racing over the last 30 years and has grown to have a significant presence in NASCAR and sports car competition as well.
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