Ganassi made the surprise announcement on Wednesday on the NASCAR Corridor of Fame, ending his 20-year run as a NASCAR crew proprietor.
His total operation has been purchased by Trackhouse Leisure Group and Trackhouse Racing, which is able to subject two vehicles within the premier inventory automobile collection from 2022 utilizing CGR’s two NASCAR charters that assure race begins (and prize cash) in each occasion.
When requested why he was exiting NASCAR now, with the brand new Subsequent-Gen automobile debuting subsequent 12 months, Ganassi replied: “I’ve been sticking round for a very long time, I benefit from the sport – and I’m not getting out of the game, I’m nonetheless in motor racing with three different groups in IMSA, IndyCar and Excessive E.
“So I’m nonetheless closely concerned in motorsports. I’m not getting out of something.”
Ganassi revealed his preliminary shock on the strategy from Trackhouse however quickly realised that the time had come to maneuver on from NASCAR with the sweeping modifications which can be approaching with all-new vehicles coming into play for the 2022 Cup season.
“At first, it shocked me a bit of bit, however I’ve to say that – after serious about it for some time – it very a lot jogged my memory of about 20 years in the past, once I was speaking to Felix Sabates about getting concerned in NASCAR,” stated Ganassi. “I felt like there’s lots of younger, energetic thought being put into what Justin was saying.
“With all the brand new blood that appears to be coming into the game now, with Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin and possibly [Brad] Keselowski, and Tony Stewart has his crew, Jeff Gordon’s again concerned, all these types of issues.
“The game is nice for some new younger blood. We speak about a brand new technology of drivers and I believe you’re going to see a brand new technology of householders now. I believe it’s an ideal factor for the game.”
Daniel Suarez, TrackHouse Racing, Chevrolet Camaro CommScope, Ross Chastain, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro McDonald’s
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Ganassi additionally revealed that Trackhouse was the one deal he thought of when it got here to the sale of the crew, and that he hadn’t entertained some other provides for his NASCAR charters.
“I didn’t discuss to anyone else in regards to the sale of charters or the sale of our enterprise,” stated Ganassi. “I solely spoke to Justin. You hear lots of discuss across the [value of] charters, however I wasn’t actually listening to a lot of that.
“In some sense, the constitution is doing what it was meant to do by way of serving to the possession and worth the companies otherwise or higher. I believe the system’s working prefer it’s speculated to.”