Floyd Ganassi Dies At Age 87
PITTSBURGH — Floyd Ganassi, father and mentor of IZOD IndyCar Series and NASCAR team owner Chip Ganassi died today. He was 87 years old.
Ganassi founded FRG Group, which had commercial real estate holdings in its portfolio, and was a huge supporter of his son’s racing endeavors.
“It is with heavy hearts that everyone at Chip Ganassi Racing Teams offers our condolences to Chip Ganassi and the whole Ganassi family on the passing today of Chip’s father, Floyd Ganassi,” read a statement attributed to Chip Ganassi Racing teams. “Everyone that knew Floyd knew that he was beloved at racetracks all across the country and leaves a long trail of great friends. Floyd Ganassi will be sorely missed by us all.”
Floyd Ganassi was well known for the many photographs that he took in the paddock through more than three decades attending Indy car races.
“One of the greatest all around men you will ever meet,” said team owner Bobby Rahal in a tweet Monday afternoon.
“I’ve known Floyd for quite a few years–he was a real gentleman,” said 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.”