interview: inside the actor’s studio with chip ganassi

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 03: Team owner Chip Ganassi stands in the pit box during the Grand-Am Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway on July 3, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for ISC)So here’s how this interview came about: My brother-in-law’s brother works with a childhood friend of Chip Ganassi’s. My BIL’s brother told his coworker about me and my blog, and it just so happened that the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway was coming up, and he, Chip’s friend, was going to be at the race and could introduce me to the team owner.

I am super grateful to both men for making this happen. I was excited that I could meet Chip, especially this year when so many wonderful things have happened for Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, winning the Daytona 500 with Jamie McMurray, the Indianapolis 500 with Dario Franchitti and the Brickyard 400 with Jamie McMurray.

Incidentally, yesterday was my birthday but it was also declared “Chip Ganassi Day” in Pittsburgh, PA.

I was very nervous meeting Chip, but he was nice and had a good sense of humor about the ITAS questions as you’ll see below.


What is your favorite word? What else

What is your least favorite word? We lost

What turns you on? I can’t tell ya.

What turns you off? People with too many questions.

What sound or noise do you love? A finely tuned engine.

What sound or noise do you hate? An engine that’s blown up.

What is your favorite curse word? Penske or Hendrick.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I’d like to be a fighter pilot.

What profession would you not like to do? Sitting at a desk all day.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? We’ve been waiting for you.


Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.

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