INDIANAPOLIS – There’s a memorable old quote about Chip Ganassi, uttered in jest quite a few championships and quite a few Indianapolis 500 wins ago.

The context is long gone, but what former driver and IndyCar team owner Jimmy Vasser said on a race weekend at Milwaukee a quarter century ago remains a humorous sound bite.

“There’s no ‘i’ in team,” the driver Vasser deadpanned about his car owner, “but there is in Chip.”

After the 106th running of the 500  – not just the finish but the whole 200 laps – it’s funny in a different way. It’s clear Chip Ganassi Racing is all about team.

Driver Marcus Ericsson, left, celebrates with team owner Chip Ganassi after winning the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29, 2022.

“I just reflect on the past few weeks and the past few months of having these five guys around, working as one team,” Ganassi said Sunday after Marcus Ericsson delivered Chip Ganassi Racing its fifth Indy victory, its first in 10 years.

“Everybody cheering their teammates on all the time. When someone on the team does something good, the other guys couldn’t be happier, you know what I mean? That’s what’s so nice for me to have to deal with.

“You saw today we had different times of the race different cars in the lead. We came here at the beginning of the month wanting to win the race. That’s, in fact, what we did.”

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