Chip Ganassi Racing has today announced its entry into Extreme E, becoming the second major American team to commit to the pioneering new electric SUV off-road racing series.
Founded and helmed by former racer Chip Ganassi, the eponymously-named CGR celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
Over the past three decades, the team has claimed no fewer than 19 major titles and more than 220 race wins across a wide variety of motorsport disciplines – from IndyCar to IMSA and NASCAR to the FIA World Endurance Championship – and in partnership with eight different manufacturers.
Amongst those standout achievements have been eight victories in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and four Indianapolis 500 successes, alongside triumphs in NASCAR’s Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 as well as the 12 Hours of Sebring and Le Mans 24 Hours – making Ganassi the only team owner in history to win all six iconic races.
Extreme E will mark the team’s debut in electric motorsport in its 30 years of operation.
“Extreme E is a very different proposition to anything we have done before, but it’s where I think motor racing is headed in the future,” said Ganassi.
“When I started our team in 1990, one of the founding principles I built it on was innovation. I’ve always been passionate about pushing the boundaries of what is possible, and Extreme E checks that box for us in a big way.
“It represents an opportunity in motor racing to use the latest technologies to attract a new, younger audience to this great sport of ours. Everything about Extreme E is cool, from the car to the race format and the in-built technology. We’re thrilled to join the championship and to play a part in developing the future of our sport.”
CGR joins fellow motorsport powerhouse Andretti Autosport as the second American entry in the championship.
Between them, the two teams have clinched 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series crowns since 2003 – Ganassi notably going unbeaten between 2008 and 2011 – and now they are set to reignite their famous racing rivalry in an altogether different domain.
In 2015 and 2016, CGR also proved its multi-surface capabilities in the Global Rallycross Championship, yielding a brace of victories and nine further podium finishes.
That off-road experience will doubtless prove invaluable when it comes to tackling the diverse range of environments set to be encountered in Extreme E, each of which will shine a spotlight upon the impact of climate change and human influences on the planet – while simultaneously raising awareness, driving sustainability and inspiring action.
“It’s fantastic to be able to confirm Chip Ganassi Racing’s participation in Extreme E, marking this hugely successful team’s progression into electric racing,” said Extreme E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag.
“CGR boasts a tremendous heritage and pedigree in motorsport, achieving consistent success over three decades in some of the toughest single-seater and sports car series around.
“Of course, our championship poses a very different kind of challenge, but the team has proven itself to be a winner in every discipline it has contested and clearly possesses the skillset to similarly excel in Extreme E.
“And then, of course, there is the competitive edge with Andretti Autosport, who we announced last month – and it will be fascinating to see how that plays out. These two teams have engaged in some truly classic duels over the years, and we look forward to many more to come in the unique environments that Extreme E will visit.”