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Ganassi’s six-pack of teams, 14 cars, all in action this weekend

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It’s been one heck of a year for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, across all six of its series it competes in.

In both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series, they’ve won races – and both Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray have made the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

In both sports car series with the new Ford GT, they’ve won races. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Team U.S. arm of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais captured the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GTE-Pro class as part of a 1-3-4 finish in class in the biggest sports car race in the world, and the crown jewel of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Three additional wins from Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe have followed on home soil in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

And in both the Verizon IndyCar Series and Red Bull Global Rallycross, Ganassi teams have had one win apiece. Scott Dixon took a win back in Phoenix in April, while Steve Arpin secured the first win for the CGR Rallycross program in Daytona in June.

All six Ganassi teams – and all 14 of their cars – will be in action this weekend across the United States for the first and only time this year. The team came close to it back on the weekend of April 15-17, but Red Bull GRC’s season hadn’t started yet.

Here’s the overall breakdown:

– Team of 19 Drivers in 14 Cars across Six Series in NASCAR (Sprint Cup and Xfinity), IndyCar, IMSA, WEC and GRC have won in every discipline in 2016.

– To date this season, CGRT has wins in all six series in which it competes, highlighted by a historic win in CGRT’s first trip to the Le Mans 24 Hours in June. As a result, Team Owner Chip Ganassi is the only owner in history to win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, Brickyard 400, Rolex 24 At Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and Le Mans 24 Hours.

– So far in 2016 there have been wins scored (10 total) in each of the six touring series in which CGRT fields cars: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (1 – Kyle Larson), NASCAR Xfinity Series (2 – Kyle Larson and Justin Marks), Verizon IndyCar Series (2 – Scott Dixon), IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (3 – Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe), FIA World Endurance Championship (1 – Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sebastien Bourdais) and Red Bull Global Rallycross (1 – Steve Arpin).

Larson and McMurray. Photo: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

NASCAR, Chicagoland Speedway

  • Sprint Cup (Chevrolet): 42-Kyle Larson, 1-Jamie McMurray
  • Xfinity (Chevrolet): 42-Kyle Larson, 48-Brennan Poole (Justin Marks not competing in the 42 this weekend)
LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 19:  The Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Sebastien Bourdais, Joey Hand and Dirk Muller drives during the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 19, 2016 in Le Mans, France.  (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
Bourdais, Hand and Muller won at Le Mans. Photo: Ker Robertson/Getty Images

Sports cars, Circuit of The Americas

  • IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (Ford GT): 66-Joey Hand/Dirk Mueller, 67-Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe
  • FIA World Endurance Championship (Ford GT): 66-Olivier Pla/Stefan Muecke, 67-Andy Priaulx/Marino Franchitti/Harry Tincknell
FORT WORTH, TX - JUNE 12:  Tony Kanaan of Brazil, driver of the #10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, races Scott Dixon of New Zealand, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, during the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 12, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedways)
Kanaan and Dixon at Texas. Photo: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway

IndyCar, Sonoma Raceway

  • IndyCar (Chevrolet): 8-Max Chilton, 9-Scott Dixon, 10-Tony Kanaan, 83-Charlie Kimball
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Arpin (No. 00). Photo: Larry Chen/Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull GRC, Seattle/Evergreen Speedway

  • Red Bull GRC (Ford Fiesta ST): 00-Steve Arpin, 38-Brian Deegan

March 29 in Motorsports History: Scott Dixon wins first race after reunification

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Reunited and it felt so good.

That’s what drivers likely thought before the 2008 IndyCar opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

For the first time since 1995, major-league open-wheel racing in the United States was under the banner of a sole sanctioning body as Champ Car and the Indy Racing Leauge had reunified just a month prior.

Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the 2008 IndyCar opener at Homestead. Photo: Jim Hines/IndyCar.

The first race after reunification also saw a reversal of fortunes for Scott Dixon, who won the race after losing the 2007 IRL championship in crushing fashion.

In the 2007 season finale at Chicagoland Speedway, Dixon ran out of fuel while leading on the final lap of the race. The race victory – and championship – went to Dixon’s future teammate, Dario Franchitti.

But the tides turned for Dixon nearly seven months later, and the Kiwi was able to win with the help of another driver’s misfortune.

Tony Kanaan was leading with seven laps remaining when E.J. Viso spun and made contact with Kanaan’s car. Kanaan remained on track through the caution period despite suffering obvious damage to his right front suspension.

On the final restart with three laps remaining, Dixon and others cars easily passed Kanaan’s wounded car on the outside. Dixon then maintained his lead through the checkered flag to win at Homestead for the second time in his career.

“I think Marco (Andretti) and T.K. probably had a little bit better cars today, but we came through with the win, and that’s what counts,” Dixon told ESPN after his 12th career victory.

Following his victory at Homestead, Dixon continued to redeem himself through the course of the 2008 season. In May, he won the Indianapolis 500 for the first (and so far only) time. Following Indy, he went on to win four more times in 2008 and won his second series championship.

Also on this date:

1998: Mika Hakkinen won the Grand Prix of Brazil, the first of eight victories in his first championship season.

2010: Will Power won the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which was held on a Monday morning because of rain postponing the race on Sunday.

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