Nick Bromberg

Chip Ganassi earns NASCAR, IndyCar and Grand-Am hat trick

Nick Bromberg
From The Marbles

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Chip Ganassi already won racing's Triple Crown, winning the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 with Jamie McMurray and the Indianapolis 500 with Dario Franchitti and Sunday afternoon, Franchitti gave Ganassi a weekend three-peat.

On Saturday, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas won the Grand-Am race at Watkins Glen while Juan Pablo Montoya took Sunday's Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen. (More on that later, I promise)

That left the IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio for Ganassi to conquer and after Alex Tagliani pitted for fuel on lap 56, Franchitti took the lead and never relinquished it.

Of course, Ganassi is the only owner to have cars that compete regularly in all three series, but still, it's another impressive accomplishment for Ganassi in 2010 despite the possibility of no end-of-the-year hardware.

Franchitti trails Will Power in the overall IndyCar Series standings and McMurray and Montoya look like they will fall short of the Chase. Rojas and Pruett lead the Grand-Am Daytona Prototype standings by 26 points.

Ganassi could have also won the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the crown jewel of the Grand-Am season, if it wasn't for a phantom problem that brought the car into the garage while leading with just a few hours to go.

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