Among that group: six IndyCar championships (two for Dixon, four for Franchitti), five GRAND-AM championships (Pruett has five, Rojas partnered with him for four of them), four Indianapolis 500s, four Rolex 24 At Daytona races (Pruett-Rojas), a Daytona 500 (McMurray), a Brickyard 400 (McMurray), a CART championship (Montoya) and 150 other race wins.
Ganassi said, "There’s obviously something missing from that list, and that’s a NASCAR championship. We want to add that to our list of accomplishments."
The sponsorship, which gives EGR a boost after the departure of Bass Pro Shops, extends across all three series, and McMurray's No. 1 Chevy SS will sport the Cessna logo on its hood through multiple races.
2013 is widely regarded as a make-or-break season for the team. McMurray won in just his second Cup start while filling in for an injured Sterling Marlin. But since that 2002 surprise victory, the Missouri native has only scored five wins. Montoya scored seven wins and 30 podium finishes in F1. In two seasons of CART he won 11 times, including a crossover win in the 2000 Indy 500 and four wins on ovals. Yet in NASCAR (Cup and Nationwide) he's only won three times and all on road courses. McMurray had only three top-10 finishes in 2013, ending up 21st in points. Montoya came in right behind him in 22nd, with just two top 10s.
Still, Montoya and McMurray are ready for the upcoming season. "I’m really excited to get this season started," said McMurray. "There’s a lot of positive energy on this team right now, and having Cessna onboard has really been a shot in the arm for this entire organization."
"I’m not going to come out and say that I’m confident we’re going to have a great season, but the way testing has gone, it’s hard not to be excited," said Montoya. "We’re bringing back our whole team. That’s very rare. I think that is going to be an advantage for us."
All seven drivers are participating in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, along with Joey Hand, who was part of the 2011 winning team. Thursday Pruett scored his fifth pole in the iconic race and Dixon made it an all-Ganassi front row. The 24-hour race ends Sunday at about 3:30p.m. Eastern, televised live on SPEED.
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