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Franchitti to use No. 50 at Indy to honor Target
Target and Chip Ganassi Racing have one of the longest running relationships in auto racing. The team was established in 1990, making this season the 23rd year of partnership between the organizations.
“It’s the most important relationship in my life, personally and professionally. It’s just way more than a sponsorship,” Ganassi said Thursday. “It’s obviously their 50th year in business, and I’ve been there almost half that time. It’s about racing for sure, but at the end of the day our relationship goes much deeper than just a sponsor-team relationship.
“It’s been my growth. As well as it fueling my business’ growth, it’s fueled my own personal growth even further.”
In January, Target brought Jimmy Vasser, Alex Zanardi, Juan Pablo Montoya, Dixon and Franchitti together for a two-day event in Minneapolis honoring their title runs. Vasser gave Ganassi his first championship in 1996, Zanardi added two more in `97-98, and Montoya made it four consecutive Ganassi titles in 1999.
With Target, Ganassi drivers have won 86 races and nine championships, including three Indianapolis 500 wins. In all forms of auto racing, the Target Racing Program has 95 wins in four different series.
The sponsorship landscape has changed dramatically since 2008, and almost every race team has been affected. Companies have pulled out and scaled back, forcing team owners to piece together sponsorship packages to keep their cars on the track.
“It’s a unique audience, and when you think of racing, you think fun and fast and friendly and modern and exciting _ those are all adjectives Target uses to describe itself,” said Dan Griffis, who spent almost 10 years with the Ganassi organization before moving to Target as director of events and strategic partnership.
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