Alex Zanardi Reynard 98I Honda Chip Ganassi Racing. Alex rapidly became one of the series' most popular drivers. He took pole for his second race, although his first win didn't come until mid-season. In total he won three races in his rookie season and five pole positions,finishing in a tie for second in the championship points behind team-mate Jimmy Vasser and being named Champ Racing Rookie of the Year. He would win the championship for Ganassi in both 1997 and 1998, bringing home twelve victories.