Ganassi drivers, Cassadee Pope part of “DigiBash” this evening


In case you’re looking for something to do this Monday evening, here’s an idea you might like: Chip Ganassi Racing is putting on the “Ganassi Sound Garage” this evening at its NASCAR shop in Concord, North Carolina.

The invitation-only event will be hosted by three Chip Ganassi Racing drivers – Kyle Larson (NASCAR Sprint Cup), Dylan Kwasniewski (NASCAR Nationwide Series) and Sage Karam (IndyCar/IMSA) – and features a concert from former “The Voice” winner and current country music recording artist Cassadee Pope (pictured, right).

But don’t worry if you don’t have an invitation: The event is streaming at 8:30 p.m. ET across the NASCAR, IndyCar, and Chip Ganassi Racing websites.

By design, the event will be driven in part by social media. Those attending tonight’s show will be able to walk the red carpet and show off their footwear on what’s being called a “kicks cam,” take selfies with the drivers and Ms. Pope, and have their posts featuring the hashtag #SoundGarage shared on a 20-foot-tall social media wall.

Of course, you can also chime in on the festivities with that aforementioned hashtag, and by tweeting at @CGRTeams.

AJ Foyt Racing promotes Benjamin Pedersen from Indy Lights to IndyCar for 2023 season

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Benjamin Pedersen is the first driver to land a promotion from Indy Lights into IndyCar for next season as AJ Foyt Racing confirmed Wednesday he’ll be part of its 2023 lineup.

Pedersen, a 23-year-old dual citizen of Denmark and the United States, spent last season running the full Indy Lights schedule for HMD Motorsports. Linus Lundqvist, his teammate, won the Lights title, and Pedersen finished fifth in the final standings. Pedersen earned his only win earlier this month when he led every lap from the pole at Portland.

Pedersen also ran four races for HMD in 2021 with back-to-back runner-up finishes in his debut. Pedersen landed on AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt’s radar through a “trusted colleague” and Pedersen spent most of last season shadowing the IndyCar team.

His promotion to IndyCar comes ahead of all four drivers who finished ahead of him in the Indy Lights standings, including champion Lundqvist.

“We are really looking forward to having Benjamin as part of the team,” Larry Foyt said. “His enthusiasm is infectious, and he is 100 percent committed to IndyCar, AJ Foyt Racing, and doing the best he can to win races.

“It’s been great to have him embedded with the team this past season, and everyone is excited to hit the ground running when testing begins. It is also great to have a multi-year program in place, which will help him and the team grow together.”

Foyt did not announce a car number for Pedersen. Kyle Kirkwood spent his rookie season driving AJ Foyt’s flagship No. 14 but Kirkwood is moving to Andretti Autosport. The team has not yet announced if Dalton Kellett will return for a fourth season, and a third car for Tatiana Calderon was pulled from competition after seven races because of sponsorship non-payment. Shutting down Calderon’s team removed the only semi-regular female driver from the IndyCar field.

Pedersen, however, was signed to an agreement Foyt said “spans multiple seasons as the team plans to develop the young rookie and is aligned to a longer-term plan for AJ Foyt Racing.”

Pedersen was born in Copenhagen but raised in Seattle and currently lives in Indianapolis. He said his time shadowing the IndyCar team has given him a jump on his rookie preparations.

“I’ve spent a lot of time this season with AJ Foyt Racing learning the ins and outs of making the jump to IndyCar and it’s been really nice to do that in conjunction with my Indy Lights season,” Pedersen said. “IndyCar has been my target goal since I started open wheel racing in 2016. The racing, atmosphere, fans, events, tracks, etc. are all awesome.”