Racing and Reading: Chip Ganassi Joins Target for a School Library Makeover

November 7, 2011 - Article reads in
Chip Ganassi

Chip Ganassi, owner of his eponymous racing teams, took a break from the track last week to visit his hometown of Pittsburgh for a Target School Library Makeover.

The Heart of America Foundation and Target cut the red ribbon on the newly renovated library at Pittsburgh Woolslair K-5 after a four-week long makeover. Eager students raced around in excitement over thousands of new books, an eco-friendly design and an impressive tech upgrade.

“To see Target making a difference in the lives of children is truly inspiring,” said Chip. “Target has been a trusted partner of the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams for more than 20 years, and we’re proud to be aligned with a company that proactively supports local communities. I’m thrilled to be a part of today’s celebration and see the library makeover firsthand.”

We got a chance to chat with the racing legend about his love for the written word.

Why do you think programs that encourage a love of reading are important?
Chip Ganassi: Reading is such a major part of anything you do in life, so having a strong foundation is vital.  In my profession alone there are so many bits of information that we have to analyze and dissect in order to make decisions. Reading is really the starting point for anything you want to do in life.

Why was it important to attend the library revealing?
CG: Over the years, I have learned a lot from my relationship with Target that has shaped my own business. These library makeovers are an example of those little things Target does to give back to the community.  It makes such a difference in these young people’s lives.

Do you have a favorite library memory?
CG: I just remember how exciting it was to get into the library, look for a book, maybe even use the card catalog and then check them out.  Then you got to take them home and read them. You were very careful to get them back in time – you never wanted to get charged for overdue books!

What was your favorite book to read as a child?
CG: Anything by Dr. Seuss – I read them all.

What are you reading right now?
CG: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

Do you prefer paperback, or have you switched to an e-reader?
CG: I am equal opportunity – I use both!  I like holding a book in my hand but it is sure convenient to have them on my iPad.

See what other Chip Ganassi racing team members are doing to support Target’s efforts to improve literacy.

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