Jeff Ward, 360fly join Chip Ganassi Rallycross

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Meet the new Chip Ganassi Racing Rallycross driver… same as an old Chip Ganassi Racing IndyCar driver.

Jeff Ward, along with new partner 360fly, have joined the team to debut at Daytona. The full release is below:

Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. (CGRT) announced today a partnership with 360fly, the category creator in 360-degree digital video products, on their two entries in Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC). 360fly will be the primary partner on the team’s No. 38 Ford Fiesta for the doubleheader in Daytona on June 20-21 as well as the race in Washington, DC on Aug. 15 with former Target Chip Ganassi Racing INDYCAR driver Jeff Ward behind the wheel.

In addition, 360fly will be the primary partner on Steve Arpin’s No. 00 Ford Fiesta for the 2015 X Games June 4-7 and subsequent to that will remain as an associate partner on the car for the remainder of the GRC season.

Steve Lauletta, President, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams: “We believe that GRC is the perfect fit for a tech company like 360fly. The fan base is made up of millennials that are on the constant lookout for the newest and coolest technology. We think that 360fly fits that bill perfectly. The type of content 360fly can create should prove to be a big hit with the GRC fan. We are pleased to have them on board.”

Peter Adderton, CEO, 360fly: “We are not only excited about partnering with Chip Ganassi Racing on the Global Rallycross, but we are equally excited about the content access we will get in their other motorsports programs like INDYCAR and NASCAR. These forms of racing are built to speak to young consumers where technology plays an integral role in their daily lives. We feel that our product is a ‘must have’ for these consumer to capture life as it comes at them and then easily transfer it to their favorite social media platform.”

Jeff Ward, Driver, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be back with Ganassi – even if it is for only a few races. I loved my time with the team back in 2002 and am looking forward to being around them again but this time in GRC. With the 360fly collaboration and the intense action of Rally racing, I can’t wait to see what action we capture from inside the car. I think the footage will resonate with my motocross and car fans alike. I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel.”

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.