Ganassi’s Sound Garage Social Media concert returns for 2015

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After a smash hit debut last year with Cassadee Pope with the next generation of Chip Ganassi Racing drivers, the Ganassi Sound Garage will return for an encore in 2015.

Here’s the full team release:

On the heels of the wildly-popular and first-of-its-kind event for millennials last Fall, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) announced today the return of the Ganassi Sound Garage featuring Big Machine Label Group’s (BMLG) recording artist A Thousand Horses at the team’s Concord, N.C., headquarters on Oct. 5Ganassi Sound Garage will be hosted by a diverse sampling of the team’s millennial driver lineup, including Kyle Larson (NASCAR), Sage Karam (INDYCAR), Dylan Kwasniewski (NASCAR) and Brennan Poole (NASCAR).

Last year’s inaugural social media concert showcased the talents of Big Machine Records recording artist and season 3 winner of The Voice Cassadee Pope and won an industry award for NASCAR’s “Most Creative Use of Social/Digital Media”. This year’s event will once again be streamed live on www.nascar.comwww.indycar.com and www.ganassisoundgarage.com for fans all around the world to enjoy.

CGRT hosted over 200 social media savvy millennials and influencers last year, and expects to more than triple the turnout this year with a target audience that includes influencers, curators and heavy social media users. The event will also have increased partnership involvement from brands like Target, McDonald’s, Clorox, Kimberly Clark, Unilever, Energizer, Coke, Chevrolet and DC Solar– who are all focused on speaking to the millennial demographic.

Additionally, attendees will have the chance to join CGRT at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series race later in the week (Oct. 9), connecting their VIP experience from the stage to the race track.

NOTES OF INTEREST:

  • How do I get in?: The event is invitation only from CGRT, but opportunities to attend will be given away by the drivers and A Thousand Horses via social media outlets. Attendees will mix and mingle like a VIP, taking selfies with all the stars along the red carpet and have a chance to show off their style. Fans will also have the opportunity to show their social influence to the world by using #soundgarage in posts which will be displayed on duel screens flanking the stage during the event. Fans can even win a chance to travel 1000 miles to see A Thousand Horses as part of a special sweepstakes through www.ganassisoundgarage.com – the official website for event updates, ticket giveaway information, live streaming and more.
  • A Thousand Horses: A Thousand Horses is a fresh fusion of classic sounds – a hybrid of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Black Crowes and Exile on Main Street-era Rolling Stones – wrapped up in a modern-country context. Their first single “Smoke” went to #1 on both the Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay Charts after making Country Aircheck history as the highest debut for a new artist’s first single. They also became the first band (with at least three members) to send a debut single to #1 on Billboard Country Airplay Chart this decade. With Michael Hobby leading vocals, Bill Satcher and Zach Brown on guitar and Graham Deloach on bass, the band initially gained momentum playing clubs across the South. Rolling Stone Country hailed the foursome as the Best Up-and-Comer at 2014’s Austin City Limits and USA Today named them one of 2015’s Artists to Watch and an On the Verge ArtistTheir first album on the Big Machine Label Group, Southernality, is now available on iTunes and the second single from the album, “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial is currently making its way up the Country charts. The band was also recently nominated for a CMT Music Award for “Group Video of the Year” for their hit single “Smoke.” A Thousand Horses is currently on the road with Darius Rucker’s Southern Style Tour. For more information and tour dates, visit www.athousandhorses.com.
  • About the Drivers: CGRT drivers in attendance will include: Kyle Larson – 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year, 2013 NASCAR XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year and 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion; Sage Karam – Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie, 2013 Indy Lights Champion, 2011 Star Mazda Champion and 2010 US F2000 Champion; Dylan Kwasniewski – 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Champion; and Brennan Poole  – NASCAR XFINITY driver and six-time ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards race winner.

QUOTEBOARD

Steve Lauletta, President, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams: “The return of Ganassi Sound Garage has been met with tremendous support and I’m happy to say this year’s edition will be bigger and better than its debut with the participation of partners like Target, McDonald’s, Chevrolet, Coke, Kimberly Clark, Unilever, Energizer, Clorox and DC Solar. With A Thousand Horses headlining, we plan to deliver another unique social media experience focused on attracting millennials and exposing them to our sport, drivers and team.”

Scott Borchetta, President and CEO, Big Machine Label Group: “Big Machine’s partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing continues to create engaging and exciting events for music and racing fans alike. We are proud to collaborate once again for an incredible night at Sound Garage this fall!”

James Hinchcliffe on Andretti: ‘It’s certainly the place I want to be’

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Since before the start of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, James Hinchcliffe tirelessly has worked to ensure the future would include a full-time return in 2021.

And with an opportunity to run the final three races this season with Andretti Autosport, there seems a surefire (albeit unlikely) path.

“If I go out and win all three,” Hinchcliffe joked with IndyCar on NBC announcer Leigh Diffey in an interview Friday (watch the video above), “it would be hard for them to say no, right?”

Regardless of whether he can go unbeaten at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course next weekend or the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida (where he earned his first career win in 2013), Hinchcliffe will have the chance to improve his stock with the team that he knows well and now has an opening among its five cars for 2021.

All three of Hinchcliffe’s starts this season — the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, July 4 at the IMS road course and the Indianapolis 500 — were with Andretti, where he ran full time in IndyCar from 2012-14.

“Obviously, the plan from January 2020 was already working on ’21 and trying to be in a full-time program,” he said. “I’ve really enjoyed being reunited with Andretti Autosport, and everybody there has been so supportive. It’s been a very fun year for me on track. It’s been kind of a breath of fresh air in a lot of ways.

“It’s certainly the place I want to be moving forward. We’ve been working on that, working on those conversations. Genesys has been an incredible partner in my three races. We’ll be representing Gainbridge primarily, but Genesys will still have a position on our car in the last three.”

Gainbridge is the primary sponsor of the No. 26 Dallara-Honda that was vacated by Zach Veach, who left the team after it was determined he wouldn’t return in 2021. Hinchcliffe can empathize having lost his ride with Arrow McLaren SP after last season with a year left on his deal.

“You never want to earn a ride at the expense of somebody else in the sense that has happened here with Zach,” Hinchcliffe said. “I feel bad that he’s not able to see out the last three races of his season. I’ve got a lot of respect for him off track. He’s been a teammate this year, a colleague for years before that and honestly a friend for years before that. I’ve got a lot of time for him and his family. I understand a little bit of what it’s like in that position and what he’s going through.”

Hinchcliffe is ready to seize the moment, though, starting with the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He had been hoping to add the Harvest Indy Grand Prix to his schedule and had been working out for the possibility.

“Then last week I had given up hope (and) was resigned that wasn’t happening,” he said. “I told my trainer, ‘I think we’re done for this year.’ Three days later, this call comes. I’m glad we didn’t make that decision too early. I feel great physically.

“I look at it as a great opportunity to continue to show I’ve still got what it takes and should be there hopefully full time next year on the grid.”

Watch Hinchliffe’s video with Leigh Diffey above or by clicking here.