IndyCar team owner Chip Ganassi uninterested by Formula 1

Chip Ganassi is one of the leading team owners in IndyCar with former F1 driver Marcus Ericsson on his roster


Chip Ganassi has claimed that he is not interested in Formula 1 and he believes IndyCar is more entertaining.

The 64-year-old, who owns Chip Ganassi Racing in America’s premier open-wheel series, never raced in F1 himself but did enjoy some success in the United States. He opted to retire and become a team owner where he has enjoyed the large chunk of his success.

But while many view F1 as the pinnacle of motorsport, Ganassi does not see it as the place for entertainment even after a chaotic Australian Grand Prix.

“I would never say never but I don’t look at F1 as the best racing I’ve ever seen,” Ganassi said in an interview with Motorsport Magazine.

“I want to be where the most competitive teams are, where the most competitive racers are, so wherever that is I want to be there.

“I’m sorry but right now I don’t see that in F1. For me, the racing is more exciting where we are.”

Racing is an afterthought

This isn’t the first time Ganassi has taken aim at F1, speaking to NBC in March, the Pittsburgh native said: “I mean, let’s face it: F1 is about everything but the racing. OK? It’s like the racing is almost an afterthought.”

Currently in his four-car IndyCar team, Ganassi has ex-Sauber and Caterham F1 driver Marcus Ericsson and former BAR, Honda and Super Aguri ace Takuma Sato.

Ericsson even won the 2022 Indianapolis 500 for the team and very nearly won the title as a result. Alex Palou has also had a taste of F1 after a free practice session at the Circuit of the Americas in 2022.

Palou won the 2021 IndyCar title for Ganassi in his sophomore year in the series after moving from Super Formula.

Joe Ellis
Joe Ellis
Joe Ellis is a motorsport journalist with experience working in BTCC. He is the resident IndyCar correspondent for and a top class F1 writer.
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