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Ganassi pleased with McMurray, Mears

Updated: May 13, 2003, 5:36 PM ET
By Jerry Bonkowski | Special to ESPN.com

If he hadn't been a race car driver and then a team owner, Chip Ganassi would likely have made a great teacher.

The Pittsburgh native has not only been one of the best in the business when it comes to finding young talent, he's also been able to mold those up-and-coming drivers into eventual champions.

He did it in CART with Jimmy Vasser, Alex Zanardi and Juan Pablo Montoya -- in consecutive years from 1995 through '98 -- and has been attempting to work the same magic since joining ...

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