INDIANAPOLIS (March 5, 2014) – Seven-time GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Champions (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and five-time Rolex 24 At Daytona Winners (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013) Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced today that it will field a second Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s (USCC) 12 Hours of Sebring with drivers Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Sage Karam in the No. 02 Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Records Ford EcoBoost Riley, while sports car star Marino Franchitti joins Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in the No. 01 Telcel Ford EcoBoost Riley.
Karam, the reigning Indy Lights Champion, 2011 Star Mazda Rookie of the Year and 2010 USF2000 Champion returns to CGRFS after making his debut with the team in Round 1 of the USCC in his first start in a sports car of any kind at the Rolex 24 At Daytona. He will drive alongside Scott Dixon, three-time IndyCar Series champion and 2009 12 Hours of Sebring polesitter, and Tony Kanaan, the defending Indy 500 champion and a former class winner at Sebring in 2007..
Franchitti will be paired together with Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas for the first time in Sebring. The 2013 and 2010 LMP2 American LeMans Series Champion, 2001 British GTO Champion and 1993 Scottish Pro-Kart Champion returns to CGRFS and will co-pilot the No. 01 car after contesting the Rolex 24 At Daytona with Scott Dixon, Kyle Larson and Tony Kanaan.
Comfort Revolution and Big Machine Records will again join the team’s partnership lineup after backing CGRFS’ two-car effort at Daytona International Speedway in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
“Doings things like adding a second car could not come about without the support of great partners like Big Machine and Comfort Revolution,” expressed Steve Lauletta, president of Chip Ganassi Racing Teams. “These partnerships allow us the opportunity to make a strong first impression and perform well in our first-ever trip to Sebring. The 12 hours is a historic race and having two entries with the addition of Tony, Scott, Marino and Sage is a key to us doing that.”
2014 will mark the first time in the 25-year history of Chip Ganassi Racing Teams that the team will enter the 12 Hours of Sebring.
About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include four cars in the IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Overall his teams have 17 championships and over 150 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and five Rolex 24 At Daytonas. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.