Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) today announced an agreement with Indy Lights driver Kyffin Simpson, signing the 17-year-old to a multi-year development deal. Simpson, a Cayman Islands native, is currently the youngest competitor in the Indy Lights Series, and a driver for Honda Performance Development’s Honda Academy.
CGR will rely on its 30-plus years of motorsports experience, including 21 championships and more than 230 victories, to continue Simpson’s development by providing driver mentorship, race strategy and engineering support for his No. 21 TJ Speed Motorsports Honda team.
“We are always interested in bringing in talented individuals who can contribute to the success of our team,” said Mike Hull, Managing Director at Chip Ganassi Racing. “Kyffin has impressed us with his driving abilities, especially at such a young age, and we wanted to find a path toward bringing him into the Ganassi family.”
Simpson, who began racing at nine years old in Barbados, is one of the most promising up-and-coming drivers in motorsports. He made his sports car debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona earlier this year, co-driving the No. 66 Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 in the GTD class, and won the 2021 Formula Regional Americas Championship with seven wins and 13 podiums.
“This is a dream come true,” said Simpson. “I’m incredibly grateful for the support from Chip, Mike Hull and the whole CGR team. This is a huge opportunity and I’m going to make the most of it. My ambition has always been to race with a championship winning INDYCAR team, and I’m now taking a major step towards that goal.”
In the coming days, Simpson will meet with the CGR team at the GMR Grand Prix in Indianapolis for the fifth race of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES, which coincides with the third and fourth rounds of the Indy Lights season.
INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 15, 2021) — Reigning and 14-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champions Chip Ganassi Racing, Jimmie Johnson – driver of the No. 48 Carvana Honda – and leading online auto retailer Carvana (NYSE: CVNA) announced today that Johnson will contest the Indianapolis 500 as part of the full NTT INDYCAR SERIES season in 2022. Johnson also unveiled the new livery of the No. 48 Carvana Honda on NBC’s TODAY this morning, and confirmed Carvana will return as the primary sponsor for his sophomore season.
The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion competed the 12 road and street circuits in 2021 scoring a career-best finish of 17th at the Long Beach Grand Prix. In August, Johnson tested the oval at Texas Motor Speedway and completed the INDYCAR Rookie Orientation Program at Indianapolis Motor Speedway shortly after the season concluded.
“I’m really excited about this next chapter of my career and competing in the No. 48 with Carvana for the 2022 season,” said Johnson. “The safety of these cars has come so far, and after I tested the ovals at Texas and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I realized this was a challenge I wanted to undertake. I’m thankful for Chip, Carvana and all who made this possible. Last season was so incredible for me and I made a lot of progress, so I know I can be competitive on tracks that I have experience on. I can’t wait to be part of the Indianapolis 500, it’s a childhood dream come true.”
“Chip Ganassi Racing and Jimmie Johnson are ideal partners and we’re excited to watch Jimmie race the full season in 2022,” said Carvana Chief Brand Officer Ryan Keeton. “Our entire Carvana crew is inspired by Jimmie’s commitment as he’s forged this new path in his racing career. Carvana has always stood for challenging the status quo and we see that same drive and passion in Jimmie.”
Carvana has strengthened its commitment with Chip Ganassi Racing this season and will be the primary partner and livery for all but one of the scheduled races, with The American Legion colors on the No. 48 at Iowa Speedway in July.
“We are very happy about Jimmie running the whole 2022 season and that Carvana will be on nearly all of those races,” said Team Owner Chip Ganassi. “I am looking forward to seeing Jimmie get back on the track after having a year under his belt. With all the experience he has on ovals from his NASCAR career and adding it to his 2021 experience in an Indy car, we think the INDYCAR ovals will play right into his strength. I can’t wait for the 2022 season to begin.”
Editor’s Note: there are a pair of American Legion releases for Tony Kanaan honoring a Medal of Honor recipient during this year’s Indianapolis 500. The pre-press conference release is first, followed shortly by the second one via The American Legion’s website.
On May 30 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR’s Kurt Busch will drive his Chip Ganassi Racing/GEARWRENCH No. 1 Chevy in the Coca-Cola 600. On his car will be displayed the name of Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, who in 2004 died days after falling on a grenade to save the lives of multiple fellow Marines while on a reconnaissance mission in Karabilah, Iraq.
American Legion Executive Director Chanin Nuntavong, a Marine veteran, was instrumental in the initiative to recognize Dunham – a gesture Dunham’s mom Deb said left her family “both humbled us and gave us a great deal of pride.”
Nearly 100,000 race attendees and millions more watching from home will have the opportunity to see Dunham honored. And around five or so hours earlier around 580 miles northwest of Charlotte, an even larger in-person audience also will have the opportunity to see Dunham’s name and understand his sacrifice.
The American Legion No. 48 Honda, which will start the Indianapolis 500 fifth and is being driven by Tony Kanaan for Chip Ganassi Racing, also will bear Dunham’s name. Seeing her son honored during the NTT INDYCAR Series’ biggest event left Deb moved.
“When we learned that Tony Kanaan was also going to be carrying Jason’s name on his car, I cried,” Deb said. “I could not believe that Mr. Ganassi had extended the honor of being on one car for Memorial (Day) Weekend to being on two cars. We were left speechless and very humbled.”
Any individual’s name on a Chip Ganassi Car is a rarity, owner Chip Ganassi said. But this was something different. “As our car is related, we have always thought that it is about the team and not just the driver, so we rarely – if ever – put an individual name on our cars. When I heard the story of Cpl. Dunham I thought it was the least we can do.
“It’s more of an honor for us to have his name on those cars. It is a bit humbling as he gave the ultimate sacrifice in serving his country, and the manner in which he did it is telling about the man. We are honored to run his name on both of the cars. That’s what Memorial Day is all about.”
One of the missions of The American Legion is to ensure the fallen and their families are never forgotten. Ganassi said sharing Dunham’s name on his cars is a good way to carry out that mission.
“Everyone is thankful to all our veterans, but sometimes making them even more aware about sacrifices they make for us helps drive the message home,” Ganassi said. “We owe Cpl. Dunham and many others such a debt of gratitude.”
Deb said she and members of her family will be watching both the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 from home this weekend. She hopes those who see Dunham’s name, as well as the names of the other servicemembers being honoring during the NASCAR race, think about those names.
“We are praying that when people see the names that all the drivers are carrying that they may look up what each fallen warrior did and remember that the fallen need to be remembered, (and) that our veterans and our active military need to be thanked,” she said. “Chip Ganassi Racing and Tony Kanaan are reminding us of those who have given all for our freedoms and privileges.”
American Legion, Chip Ganassi Racing announce effort to address, reduce veteran suicide
The partnership between The American Legion and Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) extended beyond the track May 27 and into a crisis in need of a long-overdue solution: veteran suicides.
With the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – where Tony Kanaan will drive The American Legion 48 Honda for CGR in the May 30 Indianapolis 500 – serving as the backdrop, addressing the veteran suicide issue was the focus for American Legion representatives, Kanaan, CGR owner Chip Ganassi and retired Sgt. Maj. Micheal Barrett, who served as the 17th Sergeant Major of the U.S. Marine Corps.
“No other organization like The American Legion is poised to take on the biggest issues facing veterans,” American Legion Chief Marketing Officer Dean Kessel said. “Today, we’re here to talk about … stopping and preventing veteran suicide. This is the biggest issue facing this generation of veterans. We are going to be at the tip of the spear on this initiative to lead it into the next decade, however long it takes to wrestle this.
“We are not mental-health experts, but we know how to pull the right people together. We do have a tremendous peer-to-peer support network with our 12,000 posts.”
Barrett, a member of American Legion Post 18 in Bloomington, Ind., shared what he called “daunting” facts about veteran suicides. “Upwards of 20 veterans take their lives every day. Our nation’s veterans are at 50% greater risk of committing suicide than those that have never worn the cloth of this nation,” he said. “Those numbers don’t include data from the COVID-19 pandemic. Mental health professionals have told us the numbers could be much worse. Folks, this is unacceptable, but it’s also personal.”
The “personal” part for Barrett is that three of his longtime friends he served with in combat overseas took their own lives. “With each notification, I was floored,” he said. “It felt like somebody was standing on my chest, and with the heel of their boot they were stomping my guts out. It was heart-breaking. And I can’t even imagine what their families were feeling or what they were going through. So this is personal. It has to stop.”
Barrett used the press conference to announce what The American Legion has planned to help in those efforts. “First, we are going to fight for legislation that will bring about real, tangible solutions,” he said. “Second, we are going to leverage our vast footprint of over 12,000 American Legion (posts) in communities across the country to establish peer-support programs.
“Third, we know that we must do more research, either on our own or in partnerships with others. (We) will share our findings to help make impactful change.”
Noting that taking on veteran suicide requires financial means, Barrett announced that Veterans United Home Loans has committed $2 million to support The American Legion’s “Race to End Veteran Suicide.” The organization will use the funds to expand programs and opportunities for Legionnaires to obtain peer support training and distribute important mental health and wellness tools and resources through The American Legion infrastructure.
“There’s multiple steps that we’ll take, from a legislative perspective, from a peer-to-peer support perspective. Our job … is raising awareness of the initiative,” Kessel said. “It will be an evolving process. There will be things that we haven’t even recognized yet as we start to do the diligence on it. We are poised to take this on. It’s going to be a heavy lift. We know that. But there’s no organization like The American Legion that can handle this.”
Ganassi, who employs almost 20 veterans on his team, shared the joy he’s experience teaming with The American Legion on the racing program and the importance of doing so with the suicide-prevention effort.
“I can’t say enough about representing veterans, representing The American Legion. And we’re certainly proud to be here today to announce another initiative,” Ganassi said. “It’s days like today that make you proud to represent The American Legion. We’re here to make an announcement today that I think is going to be one of the most important things in the news this weekend … something here that I think will go down in history. They’re going to say ‘that was started at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Memorial Day weekend.’ This is something we’re very proud to be associated with. For God’s sake, we need to stop veterans taking their own life when they come home.”
Kanaan said driving The American Legion No. 48 car in the Indy 500 is a good way to highlight the organization’s announcement. “We’re ready to fight this. We’re ready to help The American Legion,” he said. “Seeing how many veterans take their lives, now I have even a bigger motive to go out there and show them it’s worth it to come back. Whatever we can do to send a message. It’s not just about the race. It’s about saving lives and helping veterans. I feel like I’m ready to do it.”
Kanaan also introduced a new commercial featuring CGR’s Jimmie Johnson, seven time NASCAR Series champ now driving the No. 48 car on road courses this INDYCAR Series. In it Johnson shares what The American Legion has done for veterans through its 100 years and what it now will be doing to help prevent veteran suicide.
Barrett said he plans on being very vocal about this cause, which he added couldn’t come at a better time or from a better venue. “The Indy 500 is already the most famous race in motorsports, but today is a day that we are going to look back on in history and say, ‘It started here. It started with this race – the race to end veteran suicide,’” he said. “Help us save the lives of veterans who are suffering from the emotional scars of war or other overwhelming stressful life experiences. And for all those veterans who are looking for someone to talk with, I say ‘open the door – just open the door – to one of the 12,000 American Legion posts all across this wonderful nation. We are here. We care. We understand. Let us help.’”
April 18, 2021 Hollywood, CA – Sycamore Entertainment Group, Inc. (SEGI) is pleased to announce that it has signed a multi-year, multi-race primary partnership agreement with 13-time and reigning INDYCAR Champions, Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES on the No. 10 Honda driven by Alex Palou.
After announcing a primary partnership with CGR in Extreme E in December of 2020 that put SEGI.TV on a Global stage, this INDYCAR partnership further increases brand awareness and name recognition as a premier sponsor for the CGR NTT INDYCAR SERIES team.
24-year-old Alex Palou joins CGR for his second season in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES after scoring his first-career podium at Road America in his rookie season in 2020, while also impressing with a seventh-place qualifying effort in his first attempt at the Indianapolis 500.
INDYCAR is the Indianapolis-based governing body for North America’s premier open-wheel auto racing series known as the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The series features an international field of the world’s most versatile drivers – including CGR’s six-time series champion Scott Dixon, two-time series champion Josef Newgarden and defending Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato – who compete on superspeedways, short ovals, street circuits and permanent road courses. The season currently consists of 17 races in the United States and Canada and is highlighted by the historic Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IMS Productions are owned by Penske Corporation, a global transportation, automotive and motorsports leader.
Chip Ganassi is a fixture in the auto racing industry for more than 30 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative team owners in the world. Sycamore Entertainment and SEGI.TV will leverage the world-wide recognition of the CGR Race Team and its legendary status in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
NBC Sports is the exclusive U.S. television home for INDYCAR, with all races airing live on NBC and NBCSN in 2021, highlighted by the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on NBC on May 30.
“We are thrilled to extend our sponsorship relationship with Chip Ganassi Racing,” said CEO of Sycamore Entertainment, Edward Sylvan. “The team continues to personify inclusion and diversity while taking into consideration environmental issues. In fact, what really interested us in this series was that we recently learned about the innovation and progress of these cars toward the development of hybrid engines, cleaner fuels and the eventual movement toward zero emission racing. We wanted to become involved in that change at an early stage. We take our partnership with CGR seriously and we are excited that they are open to being frontrunners in the changes taking place in this sport of racing.”
SEGI.TV is currently streaming on Web, Roku, IOS, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Samsung Smart Television and Android. Gaming consoles will follow in mid-2021. The first NTT INDYCAR SERIES race is today in Birmingham, AL. For more information on INDYCAR and the race schedule please click here.
Sycamore Entertainment is a diversified entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, marketing and worldwide distribution of quality finished feature-length motion pictures. Sycamores’ management team utilizes its long standing relationships to provide market specific publicity, promotion, media buying, theatrical placement and Print and & Advertising financing for theatrical domestic release.
SEGI.TV is a new free streaming experience from Sycamore Entertainment Group that is designed to engage the new culture of diverse audiences and filmmakers, built on the pillars of equality, sustainability, and community. Visit: Segi.tv
About Chip Ganassi Racing:
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 30 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include four cars in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, two cars in the NASCAR Cup Series and one car in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Extreme E. Overall, his teams have 20 championships and more than 225 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400, eight Rolex 24 At Daytonas, the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis, and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh.
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Carvana Technology Gives Fans Immersive INDYCAR Experience, Ability to Vote for Favorite Jimmie Johnson Indy Car Paint Scheme
PHOENIX (March 25, 2021) — Leading online auto retailer Carvana (NYSE: CVNA), known for its immersive, patented, 360-degree photo technology, is giving INDYCAR fans an experience they’ll never forget: the chance to get up close and personal with Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 48 Honda and select Jimmie Johnson’s Indy car paint scheme for five NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2021 races.
Fans can visit carvana.com/racing to learn more about Jimmie Johnson’s journey to INDYCAR, virtually spin the No. 48 Honda in 360 degrees, click on hot spots to zoom in on specific features, and dive into the world of INDYCAR with Carvana Racing.
Throughout the season, fans will be able to view three unique paint schemes and vote on their favorite for an upcoming race. This unique and interactive fan experience crystalizes the anticipation and excitement surrounding 7-time NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Champion Jimmie Johnson’s rookie NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.
“We always strive to create exceptional experiences and harnessing our technology to give INDYCAR fans a whole new way to immerse themselves in their favorite sport is one of many ways we’re looking at the season and our partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing and Jimmie Johnson,” said Carvana Chief Brand Officer Ryan Keeton. “We’re looking forward to fans driving the vote for their favorite paint schemes, and seeing their selections come to life throughout the season.”
Fans can view paint schemes and drive the vote in the weeks leading up to:
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course – May 15, 2021
Belle Isle Streets, Detroit – June 12-13, 2021
Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course – July 4, 2021
Nashville Streets – Aug. 8, 2021
Portland International Raceway – Sept. 12, 2021
“This is going to be a really fun program,” Johnson said. “My fan base is really passionate and Carvana has come up with a great way to make the fans the decision makers and have ownership in what they see out on the track this season. The designs are all really sharp and it will be interesting to see which ones they will pick.”
Fans who want the latest on Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 48 Honda can follow along throughout the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season on Carvana Racing’s social channels:
As the pioneer of online car buying, Carvana created an easy, transparent way for consumers to purchase their next car – the ability to shop more than 20,000 used cars for sale, finance, purchase and schedule touchless delivery, all in as little as five minutes from the comfort and safety of home
Carvana Unveils NTT INDYCAR SERIES Paint Scheme for No. 48 Honda
Jimmie Johnson to make NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2021 racing season debut with new design
PHOENIX (Feb. 22, 2021) — Leading online auto retailer Carvana (NYSE: CVNA) today unveiled the paint scheme for Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 48 Honda to be driven by 7-time NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Champion Jimmie Johnson in his rookie NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. Featuring Carvana’s iconic halo and signature blue color palette, the No. 48 Honda will make its racing debut with Johnson behind the wheel on April 18 at Barber Motorsports Park as the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2021 racing season gets off to a roaring start.
“We have great partners in Chip Ganassi Racing and Jimmie Johnson,” said Carvana Chief Brand Officer Ryan Keeton. “Jimmie had ideas we implemented into the final paint scheme, and it’s something we’re really proud of, not only for the aesthetics, but also the collaborative approach to design.”
Fans can view a full complement of images and videos featuring the newly outfitted car on Carvana Racing’s social channels:
“I’m really excited about this paint scheme and over the last few years of my career I’ve found myself much more involved with the look of the cars that I drive and I was very thankful Carvana gave me the opportunity to be involved in the design process of my very first Indy car,” said Jimmie Johnson. “The collaboration between myself, Chip Ganassi Racing, Carvana and the design group was a lot of fun – we came up with many, many good ideas. So I’m very excited about our primary paint scheme and also excited about some opportunities we might have in the future to mix things up and keep things fresh.”
When Johnson isn’t in the driver’s seat for the road and street circuits, NTT INDYCAR SERIES veteran Tony Kanaan will pilot the No. 48 Honda on the oval tracks, including the Indianapolis 500.
As the pioneer of online car buying, Carvana created an easy, transparent way for consumers to purchase their next car – the ability to shop more than 20,000 used cars for sale, finance, purchase and schedule touchless delivery, all in as little as five minutes from the comfort and safety of home.
Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR), one of the most successful organizations in auto racing, has partnered with leading mobile games platform Skillz and developer Gamie Studios to create a new competitive mobile game, Chip Ganassi Racing Blitz. As the first ever mobile game for a NASCAR or INDYCAR team, this innovative title connects hundreds of millions of auto racing fans to the world of competitive mobile gaming and to Skillz esports players worldwide.
The game can be downloaded in the Apple app store and for Android devices HERE:
“Partnering with Skillz is an amazing opportunity to engage our fans with immersive digital experiences and share our passion for racing with a new generation of audiences both on and off the track,” said John Olguin, Senior Vice President of CGR.
CGR currently owns eight teams across four professional racing series, including a 13-time Champion INDYCAR team and 44 NASCAR wins. With over 225 total race victories and 20 championships, CGR is one of the most successful racing organizations in the world, drawing over 200 million annual viewers on networks like FOX and NBC.
This unique esports experience with Skillz connects racing fans through interactive digital entertainment. Chip Ganassi Racing Blitz brings together special in-game events, live promotions, and exclusive brand-sponsored prizes such as meeting a CGR driver, signed merchandise, and authentic car parts from past races – all of which are only accessible through Chip Ganassi Racing Blitz.
Featuring CGR-branded tournaments and the team’s championship-winning drivers, the game brings the sights and sounds of the track to mobile. The partnership also serves to inform CGR fans and players of upcoming digital and physical events, driving awareness and brand engagement. Additionally, Chip Ganassi Racing Blitz features branded events with CGR sponsors, creating new and innovative sources of value for the sponsors and the race team.
“Auto racing is one of the most popular sports in North America, and with Chip Ganassi Racing we are enabling the millions of racing fans to experience the thrill of the track in their own hands,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO and founder of Skillz. “Not only are fans now able to engage in fair, fun, and meaningful competition on their mobile devices, they can also win prizes sponsored by CGR, such as branded memorabilia and meet-and-greets with drivers.”
Through its industry-leading platform, Skillz has pioneered the casual esports space and is now bringing that groundbreaking technology to brands so they can more deeply engage with their fans. Fostering this social connection and healthy competition from anywhere is more relevant than ever before for both brands and consumers – especially as the pandemic has made it harder for people to connect in-person.
Skillz is the leading mobile games platform that connects players in fair, fun, and meaningful competition. The Skillz platform helps developers build multi-million dollar franchises by enabling social competition in their games. Leveraging its patented technology, Skillz hosts billions of casual esports tournaments for millions of mobile players worldwide and distributes millions in prizes each month. Skillz has earned recognition as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, CNBC’s Disruptor 50, Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, and the #1 fastest-growing company in America on the Inc. 5000. www.skillz.com
About Chip Ganassi Racing
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 30 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include four cars in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, two cars in the NASCAR Cup Series, and one car in both IMSA and Extreme E. Overall, his teams have 20 championships and over 225 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400, eight Rolex 24 At Daytonas, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh. For more information, log ontowww.chipganassiracing.com.
NTT DATA Services, a global digital business and IT services leader, announced a multi-year extension of its partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing that will expand to ranging sponsorship levels across the NTT INDYCAR Series entries of Scott Dixon, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Kanaan and Alex Palou beginning in 2021.
Building on its longstanding partnership with one of INDYCAR’s iconic organizations, NTT DATA will have a range of engagements that incorporate: two of the most heralded drivers in all of motorsports, a fan favorite who has won a series championship and Indianapolis 500, and an upcoming talent in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
NTT DATA returns as the primary sponsor on the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda at multiple events for the 17-race season in 2021. Alex Palou, a 23-year-old Spaniard who replaces Felix Rosenqvist in this entry, will run the NTT DATA livery for the season opener at St. Petersburg, Fla. (March 7), Texas Motor Speedway (Race 1 on May 1), 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 (May 30), and the season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. (Sept. 19), along with several other races over the course of the season.
Palou finished runner-up for rookie-of-the-year honors this past season driving for Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh. His season was highlighted by three-top 10 finishes, including a podium at Road America in June, and qualifying seventh for the Indianapolis 500. Next season with Palou on board will mark the eighth consecutive year that NTT DATA has served as the primary sponsor of the No. 10.
NTT DATA also returns as the season-long associate sponsor on the No. 9 car of six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Scott Dixon. He posted four wins en route to this season’s championship, leaving him one shy of the all-time record of seven series titles held by A.J. Foyt. The four victories pushed Dixon’s career total to 50, which trails only Foyt (67) and Mario Andretti (52) and includes the Indy 500 in 2008. NTT DATA has been an associate sponsor on Dixon’s car since 2017.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s new, highly anticipated No. 48 entry signals the arrival of seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson to North America’s premier open-wheel series and the return of the 2013 Indy 500 winner and ’04 series champ Tony Kanaan to the organization. Johnson, who amassed 83 wins in his 20-year NASCAR Cup career, is scheduled to compete in only road and street course events for the upcoming NTT INDYCAR SERIES season while Kanaan will handle the No. 48 driving duties for the four oval events.
NTT DATA will be the primary sponsor for Johnson when he competes in the Honda Indy Toronto street circuit race on July 11. The event will mark the only race outside of the United States on the 2021 schedule and will be held in Canada’s largest city.
Kanaan, who spent the past three seasons with A.J. Foyt Racing, is quite familiar with NTT DATA Racing fans, having the company as the primary on his No. 10 Ganassi entry from 2015-17. He will have NTT DATA as a primary for the Aug. 21 race at St. Louis’ World Wide Technology Raceway and as an associate sponsor for the other three oval events, including the Indianapolis 500.
In addition to the association on three of the organization’s four entries, NTT DATA returns as the Official IT Services Partner to Chip Ganassi Racing’s INDYCAR program.
“This has been a tremendous partnership from a sponsorship perspective and from a technological standpoint over the years,” NTT DATA Services Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer David Croxville said. “Building and cultivating relationships with our clients is the foundation of our business. The partnership with a championship-winning organization that features unparalleled access to an incredibly talented group of drivers allows us to create unforgettable experiences with and for our clients and partners.”
The renewal extends a partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing that began in 2013 when NTT DATA sponsored the No. 8 entry of Ryan Briscoe in the Indianapolis 500. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, NTT DATA continued to expand that partnership with an INDYCAR organization that has amassed 13 series championships and 113 victories, including four prestigious Indy 500 crowns, in its 30-year history.
“NTT DATA has been and will continue to be a big part of who our company is, and what we represent as an organization,” team owner Chip Ganassi said. “Their involvement with our racing programs, from both a technology and business standpoint, has enabled us to deliver results on the track with multiple championships and race wins over the past eight years. Key relationships like this give us the ability to continue to push forward and achieve our goals.”
NTT DATA’s involvement in the sport also includes the return of its parent company, NTT, as the NTT INDYCAR SERIES entitlement partner for a third season in 2021. For more information on NTT DATA Racing, please visit www.us.nttdata.com/en/about-us/content/ntt-data-racing.
Chip Ganassi Racing Signs Tony Kanaan for NTT INDYCAR SERIES Oval Program
Longtime Partner NTT DATA and Bryant Join No. 48 Entry with former Indianapolis 500 Winner and Series Champion
Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today an agreement with Indianapolis 500 Winner, NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion and 17-time race winner Tony Kanaan to a multi-year deal to pilot the No. 48 Honda entry for the four ovals on the calendar, complementing the 13 road and street course events being contested by seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson.
Kanaan will re-join CGR (2014-2017) alongside Johnson, former teammate, six-time and reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion and Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson and CGR newcomer Alex Palou.
Longtime CGR and Kanaan partner NTT DATA along with Bryant, also a longtime sponsor of Kanaan and former sponsor of CGR, return to CGR, and will both have primary paint schemes as well as associate-level relationships on the No. 48 Honda and other CGR entries that will soon be announced.
NOTES OF INTEREST:
• NTT DATA, TK and CGR: NTT DATA began its relationship with CGR in 2013 at the Indianapolis 500 partnering on the No. 8 NTT DATA entry. Kanaan first competed with CGR in 2013 in an NTT DATA-backed Daytona Prototype fielded in the Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he drove to a second-place finish. NTT DATA maintained an associate partnership with CGR on the No. 83 Indy car, became a primary partner on the No. 8 entry for the 2014 season, and then on the No. 10 entry, driven by Kanaan, in 2015 and has been on that car ever since. NTT DATA is also the official IT services partner to CGR.
• About Bryant: Bryant has a rich tradition in auto racing and is the longest-standing non-automotive sponsor at the Indianapolis 500. Legends like Eddie Sachs, Roger Ward, Cale Yarborough, Scott Brayton, Chip Ganassi, Stan Fox and Janet Guthrie have all driven under the Bryant Racing banner, earning a total of 16 previous race victories on other tracks. The 2021 season will mark the 14th of 15 NTT INDYCAR SERIES seasons during which Bryant has worked with Kanaan.
• By the Numbers: In 23 seasons of Indy car racing, Brazilian Tony Kanaan has 383 starts, 17 wins, 15 poles, 78 podiums and over 4,000 laps led. He began his career in 1998 and was the 2004 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion and 2013 Indianapolis 500 Winner. He remains the all-time leader in consecutive starts with 318 consecutive Indy car starts, having started every race since Portland in 2001 through the first race of the 2020 season in Texas. Kanaan has been a fan favorite for decades in the series and always maintains one of the largest followings on social media in the series.
David Croxville, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, NTT DATA Services: “We are thrilled to welcome back Tony to Chip Ganassi Racing and for NTT DATA to have the opportunity to reunite with him. Tony has been an outstanding ambassador for NTT DATA over the years and remains an integral part of our company’s legacy in the sport, including driving the NTT DATA car at Ganassi from 2015-17. All NTT DATA Racing fans will look forward to having one of the sport’s most popular drivers represent us again.”
Justin Keppy, President, North America Residential & Light Commercial, Bryant: “We’re excited to extend our relationship with Tony for the 2021 season. Bryant has been a long-time supporter of Tony, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and the Indianapolis 500 and we’re pleased that it will continue. Tony embodies all of the qualities that the Bryant brand stands for, including our mantra of always doing Whatever it Takes® in order to get the job done. Our racing sponsorship is something that our distributors and dealers really enjoy and we’re looking forward to sharing it with them next year.”
Tony Kannan, Driver, No. 48 Honda: “It’s hard to express in words how excited I am about this announcement. When Chip and I first started to talk about the opportunity to drive the ovals and share the No. 48 with Jimmie Johnson I couldn’t imagine that we would reach an agreement this fast. Chip Ganassi Racing is at the pinnacle of motorsports in North America and being able to be part of the program once again with such great drivers in their lineup is a dream come true. I’ve also been very fortunate to enjoy great relationships with my sponsors throughout my career and having companies like Bryant and NTT DATA supporting me once again is a testament to that. Both Bryant and NTT DATA have been with me through different teams, wins and even life events. Being able to continue to represent these companies is truly an honor.”
Chip Ganassi, Team Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing: “As the Indy car driver market trends younger and younger, experience is something that cannot be taught – especially at the Indianapolis 500. There is no one more experienced in the paddock than Tony, and when we needed the right fit for rounding out our oval program, it was clear he was the right choice. We are very familiar with NTT DATA and Bryant over the years and are excited to have both companies back with this program. Tony also knows our team, he knows our system and he knows our drivers. We expect the combination of him and Jimmie to give us the one-two punch we’re looking for in the No. 48.”
Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that 23-year-old Spaniard Alex Palou will join the team’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES program in the No. 10 Honda beginning in 2021. He will team up with Six-Time and reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion, Indianapolis 500 and 50-time race winner Scott Dixon, Seven-Time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson, and recently re-signed Marcus Ericsson for an expanded four-car lineup in 2021. Partnership details will be announced in the off-season in preparation for the 2021 INDYCAR season and beyond.
NOTES OF INTEREST:
• About Alex Palou: In 2020, Palou spent his rookie NTT INDYCAR SERIES season with Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh where he scored his first-career podium at Road American en route to a 16th place result in the championship standings. Prior to that, he won a Super Formula Championship race in 2019, competed at the All-Japan Formula 3 championship in 2017, recorded his first race in the Formula 3 Series in 2015, and made his debut in open-wheel racing competing in the Euroformula Open Championship in 2014.
• 2020 Highlights: Palou debuted at the Indianapolis 500 by qualifying for the Fast 9 Pole Position Shootout in his first visit to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which resulted in an impressive seven-place starting position. The Rookie also made three starts inside the top four by qualifying third at Road America in Race 2, fourth at Mid-Ohio Race 2 and fourth again at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course in Race 2. He also ran as high as 11th in championship points after at Iowa Speedway.
• Alex Palou Driver, No. 10 Honda: “To say I’m thrilled or excited to be making this step in my career would be an understatement. Driving for Chip Ganassi is just a dream come true. I’ve followed the team for as long as I can remember, and it’s the kind of team and owner any driver would want to race for. Scott has had another tremendous season, reaching 50 wins and a sixth title, so you absolutely couldn’t ask for anything more in a teammate. I can’t wait to work with Marcus and Jimmie as well, and to start contributing to the team and getting to spend more time with everyone.”
• Mike Hull, Managing Director, Chip Ganassi Racing: “I love to watch the growth of young drivers. This year racing Indy cars has been very difficult for young drivers like Alex who hadn’t had the opportunity to visually see the tracks in advance, nor have days of practice in private team testing, or open testing or three-day weekends. Putting that into perspective, he did a heck of a job. We had an opening, and he became available, and Chip has a great eye for talent. Alex has that spark, that intangible thing you combine with talent that is a lot of fun. It’s a great exploration thing, actually. You’re exploring how far you can go, and he has one year of experience with a quality team, quality engineering and a quality teammate. He stood up to that test extremely well.”