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Ganassi confirms GE LED Lighting for Dixon at St. Petersburg

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If the trivia question ever gets asked, what was Scott Dixon’s first primary sponsor after Target, GE LED Lighting will be the answer.

The lighting and electrical powerhouse will be the primary sponsor for Dixon’s No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda for the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg this weekend, confirming reports out Monday it was set to step in.

At the moment it’s a one-race deal with NTT Data, Tony Kanaan’s primary sponsor, stepping up in an associate role. GE has sponsored Ganassi cars off-and-on before since 2012 with Kanaan, Dario Franchitti and Sage Karam.

“With more than a century of engineering game-changing lighting products, we can appreciate the science and physics that go into each Indy car race. That’s why we’re proud to represent Scott and Chip Ganassi Racing, and our team at GE Lighting will be cheering for a win in the season opener in St. Petersburg,” said Daraius Patell, North America Consumer Lighting GM.

Steve Lauletta, Chip Ganassi Racing president added, “I want to first thank GE for being such a great partner for the team over the years. We’re proud to have enjoyed a long relationship with them– and in sports those are very hard to come by. We’ve partnered together in the past with paint scheme races in St. Petersburg, but this will be the first time Scott will carry the livery for us on the 9 car.”

IndyCar starts this weekend and resumes on NBCSN on April 9 in Long Beach.

Dakar Rally video highlights from the concluding Stage 14

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET and Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

The 40th Dakar Rally is now history.

Nearly 550 competitors began the early 5,600-mile long race 15 days ago and concluded Saturday.

As we’ve done throughout the Rally, here are some key video highlights from NBCSN’s coverage of the Rally: