Tar­get leav­ing IndyCar af­ter 27 sea­sons with Ganassi

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. — Tar­get will leave IndyCar at the end of this sea­son af­ter 27 years with Chip Ganassi Rac­ing that in­cluded 11 cham­pi­onships and four In­di­anapo­lis 500 vic­to­ries.

The exit comes as Tar­get is ex­am­in­ing all of its mar­ket­ing plat­forms un­der new chair­man Brian Cor­nell. Tar­get is also the pri­mary spon­sor of Kyle Larson in NASCAR’s top Sprint Cup Se­ries and will re­turn to his car in 2017.

Tar­get’s re­la­tion­ship with Ganassi is one of the long­est in any rac­ing se­ries, and the re­tail gi­ant was a key player in help­ing Ganassi build his or­ga­ni­za­tion. Tar­get not only spon­sored Ganassi’s first car as a team owner, it even­tu­ally be­came a part­ner as the Ganassi team grew to one of the top two play­ers in open wheel rac­ing.

“It was a re­ally dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion that we made,” said se­nior VP Scott Ny­gaard. “But the Tar­get brand is about be­ing fresh and new so we felt like this was the time to make the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion.”

CANA­DIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO

Tar­get-Ganassi Rac­ing’s Juan Mon­toya is pic­tured in 1999 in Van­cou­ver.

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