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.”

Valtteri Bottas wins chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.

The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.

Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.

SHOW OF SUPPORT: Drivers take knee before race

Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Lando Norris of McLaren F1 celebrates after his first podium finish (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).

Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.

But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.

It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.

Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.

Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).