Ganassi Fields Second Daytona Prototype for Monterey
IZOD IndyCar Series Stars Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti to Pilot No. 02 Cessna BMW
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) and Cessna Aircraft Company announced an addition to their sponsorship by fielding a second Daytona Prototype (DP) in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Sunday, Sept. 8.
The No. 02 Dinan-Prepared BMW will return to action for a third time in 2013 (Rolex 24 At Daytona, Brickyard Grand Prix) but will now include the Target Chip Ganassi Racing IZOD IndyCar Series duo of Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti. The Cessna-backed DP entry will run alongside the season-long effort (No. 01 Telcel/TELMEX Dinan-Prepared BMW) driven by reigning Series Champions and Rolex 24 At Daytona Winners Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, who hold the distinction of being the most successful driving duo in series history with 27 race wins.
In January, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) announced a multi-year sponsorship with Cessna including cars across all three series in which CGRT competes. The world’s leading general aviation company is the co-primary sponsor on the No. 1 Chevrolet SS of Jamie McMurray in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) – sharing assets with sister Textron companies Bell Helicopter and E-Z-GO golf carts – and partnered with Pruett and Rojas on the No. 01 car at Detroit earlier this season. Cessna will also partner with the No. 10 Honda of Franchitti in the IZOD IndyCar Series later this season.
Ganassi at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca:
Team Owner Chip Ganassi’s history at the Monterey circuit over the years includes 23 Indy car starts and nine GRAND-AM starts resulting in two Indy car wins (1996-Alex Zanardi, 1997 Jimmy Vasser) and one Daytona Prototype victory (2005-Pruett/Luis Diaz). As an Indy car driver Ganassi started and finished third in his only start at the track in the 1983 CART race.