The race engineer has helped Chip Ganassi Racing to victory once more, this time in the prestigious Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona over weekend.
O’Gara served as the engineer for the No. 2 Ford EcoBoost Riley Prototype, which was driven by NASCAR reigning top rookie Kyle Larson, 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan, 2010 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 winner Jamie McMurray and 2008 Indy 500 winner and three-time IndyCar champ Scott Dixon, who took the checkered flag. McMurray joins A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti as the only drivers to win the Daytona 500 and the 24 Hours of Daytona.
Employed by Ganassi for several years, O’Gara has been involved in racing since earning his mechanical engineering degree from Purdue.
He started his career in the Indy Racing League with his uncle, John O’Gara, team manager for newly formed Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing.
Mike O’Gara, who said he is excited about the prospects of the remainder of the Rolex Sports Car Series, has worked on the cars of Sarah Fisher, Robbie Buhl, Darren Manning, Scott Pruett, Sage Karam, Josef Newgarden, Memo Gidley and the late Dan Wheldon.
O’Gara and his wife, Stacy (Cooper), have two children, Austin, 18, and Reagan, 13.