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INDYCAR – PNC BANK ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP OF NO. 9 CHIP GANASSI RACING INDYCAR DRIVEN BY SCOTT DIXON

PNC BANK ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP OF NO. 9 CHIP GANASSI RACING INDYCAR DRIVEN BY SCOTT DIXON · PNC Bank’s first-ever Verizon IndyCar Series primary sponsorship · PNC-sponsored car will appear at the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 6, 2018 – PNC Bank and Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR), today announced an agreement designating PNC…

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CHIP GANASSI RACING NAMES DOUG DUCHARDT CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Max Jones Promoted to Managing Director of the Team’s NASCAR Operation CONCORD, NC (Jan. 3, 2018) – Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that long-time racing executive Doug Duchardt has been named Chief Operating Officer of the corporation. Duchardt begins the role effective immediately in preparation for the upcoming 2018 seasons while Max Jones is promoted…

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Chip Ganassi Racing Signs 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year Ed Jones for its Verizon IndyCar Series Program

Chip Ganassi Racing Signs 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year Ed Jones for its Verizon IndyCar Series Program

2016 Indy Lights Champion to Pilot No. 10 NTT DATA Honda Alongside Racing Legend Scott Dixon in Two-Car Effort

INDIANAPOLIS (October, 25 2017) – Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that 22-year-old British driver Ed Jones has joined the team’s Verizon IndyCar Series program in the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda beginning in 2018, teaming up with four-time INDYCAR Champion, Indianapolis 500 Winner and 41-time race winner Scott Dixon.

The 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year scored a best finish of third at the Indianapolis 500 this season after taking the Indy Lights Championship in 2016 on the strength of two wins and nine podium finishes.

NOTE: There will be a media availability tomorrow at the INDYCAR test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) with Jones and CGR Managing Director Mike Hull at the lunch break in the IMS Media Center.

NOTES OF INTEREST:

· About Ed Jones: In 2016, Jones captured the Indy Lights title and the Mazda scholarship with two wins, eight podium finishes and eight pole positions. In 2015, he made the move across the Atlantic with Carlin Racing and into Indy Lights. Jones served notice of his title aspirations right out of the box, earning the first three race victories of the season – the first rookie driver to do so. He went on to finish third in the title chases. Prior to that, Jones earned several karting titles in his native Dubai before making his race car debut in the 2011 European Intersteps Championship. In 2013, Jones became the youngest European F3 Open Champion in history with six wins, 10 podium finishes and four pole positions.

CGR QUOTEBOARD:

· Ed Jones, Driver, No. 10 NTT DATA Honda: “This is truly an honor to have the opportunity to drive for Chip, his organization and to represent NTT DATA. Chip runs one of the biggest and best motor racing teams in the world, and equally as important, is a proven winner across each series he competes in from Le Mans to Indianapolis and beyond. I want to get up to speed quickly and learn as much as I can. Scott is a legend in the sport, and to get the chance to team with him is an amazing opportunity. I think I’m joining the team at a perfect time when the playing field is being reset with common aero kits, and everyone is adjusting to a new formula. I’m really looking forward to getting in the car and getting underway with our 2018 campaign.”

· Chip Ganassi, Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing: “We’ve been following Ed’s career for quite some time now and are pleased we are able to add him to strengthen our Indy car lineup. He has a year of Indy car racing under his belt now and is the type of young talent that we were looking for. We can’t wait to get him on the race track.”

Media Statement from Chip Ganassi Racing – IndyCar program contacting to two cars.

TSO notes:

  • For most of it’s 27 year history, CGR was a two car team, the first time the team ran four full-time cars was in 2011.
  • CGR’s most successful years were spent in the configuration they will start 2018 as, winning an Indy car championship in seven of nine years as a two car team powered by HPD.
  • TSO is hearing between 30 and 35 employees were laid off today.
  • TSO expects a number of those employees to turn up with Tony Kanaan when his deal is announced.
  • TSO also expects a number of them will also end up at Carlin.

 

 

Media Statement from Chip Ganassi Racing:

Chip Ganassi Racing has experienced much success so far in 2017. In the just concluded INDYCAR season Scott Dixon and the No. 9 team competed for a championship and ultimately finished third in the standings. Both CGR NASCAR Cup teams are in the Playoffs as well as the No. 48 XFINITY team. Both of our Ford GT programs in IMSA and WEC are also competing for championships. Despite the success we are experiencing, we have decided to return our INDYCAR program back to two cars beginning with the 2018 season.

Statement from Team Owner Chip Ganassi:

“We will be returning to a two car team beginning in 2018 with Scott Dixon in the No. 9 and a yet to be determined second driver in the No. 10. This decision was based on the fact that we felt we needed to get back to our core business of running TWO championship caliber teams. It was a tough decision to make as it affects a lot of people. With news like this comes contraction and as such we had to let a number of good people go. The decision was not taken lightly but we felt it was best for our business. It is one of the toughest things you experience as a business owner – especially because I am all too aware that it is the people that make any company tick. We will be back in 2018 and ready to compete for our 12th INDYCAR championship.”

NDYCAR – Sonoma Raceway Day-End Report

The Verizon IndyCar Series held qualifying and one practice session today at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. Qualifying Results P1          No. 2 Newgarden, Chevrolet – 1:15.520 P2          No. 12 Power, Chevrolet – 1:15.555 P3          No. 1 Pagenaud, Chevrolet – 1:15.635 P6          No. 9 NTT DATA Honda (Dixon) – 1:16.397 P12        No….

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INDYCAR – Sonoma Raceway Day-End Report – Friday

The Verizon IndyCar Series held two practice sessions today at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. First Practice Results P1          No. 2 Newgarden, Chevrolet – 1:16.395 P2          No. 12 Power, Chevrolet – 1:16.432 P3          No. 1 Pagenaud, Chevrolet – 1:16.504 P6          No. 9 NTT DATA Honda (Dixon) – 1:16.619 P9          No. 10…

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Camping World Partners with Chip Ganassi Racing to Serve as Primary Sponsor on Scott Dixon’s No. 9 Honda for the 2017 Indianapolis 500

Camping World Partners with Chip Ganassi Racing to Serve as Primary Sponsor on Scott Dixon’s No. 9 Honda for the 2017 Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS (May 22, 2017) – Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that four-time Verizon IndyCar Series Champion and Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon will be sporting the colors of the nation’s largest RV and outdoor retailer, Camping World, on May 28 for the Indianapolis 500 (11am ET, ABC). The No. 9 Camping World Honda will roll out in full livery next Friday, May 26 for Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).

NOTES OF INTEREST:

  • About Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis: Marcus Lemonis is an entrepreneur, investor, television personality, and chairman and CEO of Marcus Lemonis LLC as well as Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises. Camping World is the nation’s largest RV and outdoor retailer, and Good Sam is the world’s largest RV owner’s organization. Visit http://www.campingworld.com. Lemonis is known as the “business turnaround king” and host of CNBC’s prime time reality series, The Profit, in which he lends his expertise to struggling small businesses around the country and judges’ businesses based on a “Three P” principle: People, Process, and Product. The Profit returns with eight all-new episodes beginning Tuesday, June 6 at 10pm ET/PT. More about Marcus Lemonis can be found at http://www.marcuslemonis.com, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/marcus.lemonis and Twitter @MarcusLemonis.
  • Starting from the Pole: Scott Dixon will start this year’s Greatest Spectacle in Racing from the pole position for the third time in his career (2008, 2015) and his 26th career Verizon IndyCar Series pole and CGR’s fifth Indianapolis 500 pole. Dixon’s run for the pole was the fastest four-lap average at IMS since 1996 (21 years). Sunday’s race will mark Dixon’s 15th Indianapolis 500 start, his 276th scheduled start in Indy car racing and 213th consecutive start (second all-time behind his teammate Tony Kanaan). The pole is the 88th in Indy car racing for CGR.
  • About Scott Dixon: The four-time Series Champion (2003, 2008, 2013, 2015) and 2008 Indianapolis 500 Winner returned to CGR in 2017 for his 16th season – the longest tenure for a driver in team history (1990-Present). Dixon holds the distinction of being the winningest active Indy car driver with 40 victories and is currently ranked fourth on the all-time win list. In addition, he ranks second on the all-time list for most consecutive starts with 212 straight dating back to the 2004 race in Michigan. The New Zealander has 275 starts, producing 40 wins, 27 poles, and 92 podium finishes (2001-Present).

CGR QUOTEBOARD:

  • Scott Dixon, Driver, No. 9 Camping World Honda: “The Indianapolis 500 is the biggest motor race and the largest spectator sporting event in the world, and I’m very much looking forward to representing a new partner in Camping World this weekend and starting from the pole makes it even more special. I also know the show The Profit very well and am excited to work with Marcus and his team.”
  • Chip Ganassi, Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing: “After weeks of discussions, we’re proud to partner with Camping World, a brand that is the leader in its industry, and introduce them to our team’s Indy car operation. They have a tremendous sports marketing portfolio, which includes some common ground for us in NASCAR. Having Marcus and Camping World on board with us on the No. 9 car at Indianapolis is very exciting for everyone involved.”
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