Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates was founded after Chip Ganassi bought a majority stake Team SABCO, which was announced on August 4, 2000 to start with the 2001 season. Sabates retained a minority stake in the team which was also changing to be one of the flagship Dodge teams when they returned to the Cup Series in 2001.
Jason Leffler drove the #01 Dodge and Sterling Marlin the #40 Dodge for the team. Leffler was replaced after one season and the 01 car changed numbers to 41. Jimmy Spencer was brought in as a new teammate with Marlin. After Marlin was injured during a crash at Kansas, Jamie McMurray replaced Marlin for the rest of the season, scoring an upset victory at Charlotte in just his second races.
The 2003 season started with a healthy Marlin back in the #40, McMurray in a new entry #42, and Casey Mears taking over for Spencer in the #41. This lineup lasted until 2006 when McMurray and Marlin left and Reed Sorenson (#41) and David Stremme (#40) were brought in to replace them. Mears was shifted to the #42 car. Mears was the next driver out as Juan Pablo Montoya replaced him in the #42.Read More
The new team featured Montoya still in the #42, Martin Truex Jr in the #1 (from DEI), and Aric Almirola in the #8 (from DEI). Lack of sponsorship forced the closing of the #8 team early on in the season. Truex departed after the season and was replaced by a familiar face in Jamie McMurray.
Big changes happened to the team prior to the 2014 season. Montoya was replaced by rookie Kyle Larson and the Earnhardt name was dropped by the team. Going forward, it would be back to Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. During the 2015 season, Rob Kauffman who owned half of Michael Waltrip Racing, bought into the organization.
McMurray’s tenure with the team came to an end after the 2018 season and he was replaced with Kurt Busch for the 2019 season.