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.”

Hunter McElrea wins Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 Scholarship

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Hunter McElrea bested 18 competitors to win the third annual Road to Indy USF2000 $200,000 Scholarship Shootout on Sunday at Bondurant Racing School in Chandler, Ariz.

The two-day contest featured on-track competition in Formula Mazda cars as well as interview sessions and assessment from a panel of judges.

“I can’t believe it,” McElrea said at IndyCar.com. “This is definitely the most exciting opportunity that I have had in my racing career. I cannot thank Mazda and everyone enough for making this possible for me. The fact that I am going to be on the grid next year thanks to them is a dream come true.

“They have given me the opportunity to prove myself in such a high level that I never even thought I would be able to reach. I have to thank Andersen Promotions, Cooper tires, all of the judges, everyone from Mazda, the Bondurant Racing School and the other competitors, who literally pushed me to the limit.

“I am just so happy. It is still sinking in, but I just can’t wait to get next year started, and I’ll be representing Mazda in that nice Soul Red USF2000 car.”

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The 19-year-old McElrea was born in California, but reared in Australia.

As a result of winning the award, McElrea will compete in the 2019 season of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, the first rung of the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder.

McElrea won the Australian Formula Ford Championship this year on the strength of 13 victories in 21 races.

Early competition resulted in a final field of six drivers that included Jake Craig, Michael Eastwell, Braden Eves, Flinn Lazier and Ross Martin. They competed in a qualification session and 30-minute simulated race. McElrea won that race.

“Today was an incredible day,” said Tom Long, Mazda Motorsports factory driver and one of the judges. “There was so much talent here for the shootout. Hunter McElrea just rose to the top when it was time to shine, but our decision was very, very difficult.

“In the end, given all of the circumstances, we were able to make a pretty good decision and we are really, really proud of not only Hunter but our whole team here with Mazda to be able to grant this $200,000 scholarship for his opportunity in USF2000 next year.”