Chip Ganassi says that he remains dedicated to motorsport despite the shock announcement on Wednesday that he has sold his entire NASCAR operation to Trackhouse owner Justin Marks.
Ganassi explained that Justin Marks made him an offer he could not refuse and the vision that he has for the future of the team was something that Ganassi could not say no to.
Chip Ganassi Racing has returned to the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship for 2021 while also expanded his NTT IndyCar Series team by adding seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and IndyCar legend Tony Kanaan to a fourth car.
Ganassi has two drivers in the top three in NTT IndyCar Series championship with Alex Palou and Scott Dixon second and third respectively.
Ganassi has also expanded into the new all-electric SUV racing Extreme E series.
Speaking about the announcement, Ganassi said:
“I think this is a great day for NASCAR as it seems like there are so many people that are wanting to get into the sport as owners – Michael Jordan, Pitbull, Denny and plenty of others. They are bringing new perspective, vision and insight which is great for the sport. NASCAR has been building momentum over the last few years and I am confident that it will continue to do so. Also, I can honestly say that my NASCAR team was not for sale. Justin simply came to me with a great offer and an even better vision. As everyone knows, I care deeply for my employees so selling to someone like Justin, who is part of the CGR family, made the reality of selling much easier. He knows our organization and the people. That gives me comfort. Everyone needs to know that I am still completely dedicated to the motorsports industry and will continue to run my other teams in INDYCAR, IMSA and Extreme E with the same enthusiasm that I always have.”