Dixon’s No. 9 car to feature “Jurassic World” in Toronto

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Target won’t be the primary signage on Scott Dixon’s No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Chevrolet this weekend in Toronto. Instead, Jurassic World will be.

See the release from CGR below:

Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) announced today that three-time Verizon IndyCar Series Champion and former Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon will be sporting a special paint scheme featuring Jurassic World, the long-awaited next installment of Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking Jurassic Park series from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, in Round 10 of the Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend at the Honda Indy Toronto (Sunday, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

The No. 9 Jurassic World Chevrolet will hit the streets of downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 12 for practice with Dixon behind the wheel, the same day the film is scheduled to open worldwide.

Notes of Interest:

  • About Jurassic World: The story of Steven Spielberg’s original comes full circle as the park that was only a promise comes to life. Welcome to Jurassic World, a fully operational luxury resort off the coast of Costa Rica where 20,000 guests explore the wonder of Earth’s most magnificent living prehistoric marvels—of every shape and size—and interact up close with them every day.

When the massive and mysterious Indominus rex stages an escape and disappears into the jungle, order turns to mayhem and guests turn into prey. Dinosaurs escape into the open, skies and water to engage in an all-out war for survival, and no corner within the world’s greatest theme park is safe anymore.

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, BD Wong and Irrfan Khan star in the 3D epic action-adventure that is directed by Colin Trevorrow and based on characters created by Michael Crichton. The screenplay is by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Derek Connolly & Trevorrow, and the story is by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver.  Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers. www.jurassicworld.com

  • Did You Know? 

–    Steven Spielberg hired director Colin Trevorrow to lens Jurassic World after he watched the director’s independent film, Safety Not Guaranteed. The very last scene in the movie clinched the deal for the legendary filmmaker. He actually jumped out of his seat when he saw it.

–   Chris Pratt’s character, Owen, works with four Velociraptors in the film. Their names are Charlie, Echo, Blue and Delta.

–   Because she’s at work when things run amok, Bryce Dallas Howard’s character, Claire, must spend the ENTIRE movie in high heels on the run from assets that have escaped.

–   As a nod to the first film, Jake Johnson’s character, Lowery, wears a Jurassic Park T-shirt when you first see him.

  • Dixon at Toronto: In 10 career Verizon IndyCar Series starts on the Streets of Toronto, Dixon has two wins, three podiums and seven top-five finishes. He swept the doubleheader weekend races in 2013, winning from the fifth starting position and pole position, respectively. Dixon has never qualified outside the top-10 and has only finished outside the top-10 twice in his career in Toronto.
  • About Scott Dixon: The New Zealander holds sole possession of fifth place on the all-time Indy car wins list with 37 after posting wins at Long Beach and Texas this season. All but one of his 37 victories have come as a member of Chip Ganassi Racing Teams. Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser is next on the list with 39 career wins. CGRT is a 10-time Verizon IndyCar Series Champion with 99 victories, 84 pole positions and four wins in the Indianapolis 500.

Quote Board:

  • Scott Dixon, Driver No. 9 Jurassic World Chevrolet: “The Toronto race weekend is always great because of the local fan interest and the excitement of the city. Carrying the Jurassic World paint scheme just adds to it. It’s a classic movie series with a massive following and the timing for running this livery in step with the movie release couldn’t be better. We’ve had some good runs recently at Toronto and I hope we can do our part again to make it a successful weekend for everyone involved.”

Meyer Shank Racing wins Petit Le Mans to take final DPi championship in dramatic finale

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Meyer Shank Racing outdueled Wayne Taylor Racing to win the Petit Le Mans and clinch the championship in a thrilling final race for the DPi division.

Tom Blomqvist, who started from the pole position, drove the No. 60 Acura ARX-05 to a 4.369-second victory over Pipo Derani in the No. 31 Action Express Cadillac.

“That was incredible,” Blomqvist told NBC Sports’ Matt Yocum. “I’ve never dug so deep in my life. The adrenaline. I did that for the guys. I was so motivated to win this thing this weekend. But I’ve got to thank everyone on the whole team.”

With co-drivers Oliver Jarvis and Helio Castroneves, Blomqvist helped MSR bookend its season-opening victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona by winning Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale at Michelin Road Atlanta.

In between those two victories, the No. 60 earned five runner-up finishes to stay in the thick of the championship hunt and trail WTR’s No. 10 Acura by 14 points entering Saturday’s race.

WTR’s Filipe Albuquerque had a lead of more than 10 seconds over Blomqvist with less than 50 minutes remaining in the 10-hour race.

But a Turn 1 crash between the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillacs brought out a yellow that sent both Acuras into the pits from the top two positions.

Though he entered in second, Blomqvist barely beat Albuquerque out of the pits, and he held the lead for the final 45 minutes.

Blomqvist said he gained the lead because of a shorter fuel fill after he had worked on being efficient in the second-to-last stint.

“The team asked a big job of me with the fuel; I had a big fuel number to hit,” Blomqvist said. “We knew that was probably our only chance. The yellow came at the right time and obviously we had a bit less fuel to fill up, so I was able to jump him and then it was just a matter of going gung-ho and not leaving anything on the line. And obviously, the opposition had to try too hard to make it work. I’m so thankful.”

Albuquerque closed within a few car lengths of Blomqvist with 14 minutes remaining, but he damaged his suspension because of contact with a GT car in Turn 1.

It’s the first prototype championship for Meyer Shank Racing, which also won the 2021 Indy 500 with Castroneves.

“We’ve had in the last four years, three championships for Acura, the Indy 500 win and the Rolex 24, it doesn’t get any better,” team co-owner Mike Shank told NBC Sports’ Kevin Lee.

It’s the third consecutive runner-up finish in the points standings for Wayne Taylor Racing, which won the first Daytona Prototype international championship in 2017. The premier category will be rebranded as the Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class with the LMDh cars that will establish a bridge to racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Kamui Kobayashi finished third in the No. 48 Cadillac of Action Express that also includes Jimmie Johnson and Mike Rockenfeller.

The podium showing marked Johnson’s last scheduled race in IMSA’s top prototype division. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has raced in the No. 48 Ally Cadillac lineup as the Action Express entry has run the Endurance Cup races.

Johnson said a lack of inventory will preclude him having a 2023 ride in the top category. But he still is hopeful of racing the Garage 56 Next Gen Camaro in next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and possibly running in a lower class for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“I’d love to be at Le Mans next year,” Johnson told NBC Sports’ Dillon Welch after his final stint Saturday. “I’d love to be at the Rolex 24. The series is going through a shake-up with the reconfiguration of the rules and classes, so I don’t have anything locked down yet, but I’m so thankful for this experience with Action. The support Ally has given us, Mr. Hendrick, Chad Knaus, all of Hendrick Motorsports. It’s been a fun two years, and I certainly hope I’m on the grid again next year.”