Condolences continue to stream in after Monday’s passing of 87-year-old Floyd Ganassi, father of NASCAR, GRAND-AM and IndyCar Series team owner Chip Ganassi, who helped his son to become an Indy car driver in the 1980s and later to build the championship-winning Ganassi Racing program that opened its doors in 1990.
The elder Ganassi was a fixture in Indy car and stock car paddocks across North America, forging deep relationships with many of those he came in contact with. The late Pittsburgh, PA.-based businessman has received a number of touching tributes in the 24 hours since the news was revealed by the team.
“I’ve known Floyd for quite a few years–he was a real gentleman,” said four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt. “I always looked forward to seeing him at the track. I know it’s going to hit Chip like it did me when my father died because Chip and Floyd were very close too. He was a great person and I thought the world of him.”
“We are saddened by the passing of Floyd Ganassi, a very genuine man and a true friend to racing,” said Jim Campbell, GM’s U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “He always had a smile on his face. Floyd will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chip and the entire Ganassi family.”
And with the Ganassis legacy at Indianapolis, including five wins at the Indy 500 and one at the Brickyard 400, IMS President Doug Boles honored Mr. Ganassi for his contribution to the history of the great oval.
“Everyone at IMS is saddened to learn of the loss of Floyd Ganassi. He was such a kind, approachable man who took the time to enjoy the company of drivers, officials and fans. The photographs he took at the racetrack and sent to so many friends and acquaintances will provide lasting, fond memories of his love of people and racing. Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are extended to the Ganassi family and everyone at Chip’s racing teams.”