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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

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold