CORE autosport expands into GRC Lites

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If you’ve known CORE autosport’s pedigree in sports car racing, you know the quality of operation the Rock Hill, South Carolina-based team.

So when you hear that they’re expanding into Red Bull Global Rallycross, into the GRC Lites division, take note – it means big things are coming.

“The plan for CORE autosport has always been sustainable, long-term growth and in Red Bull Global Rallycross we saw an opportunity to apply the same model that has worked for us in IMSA,” CORE President Jon Bennett said. “We’re approaching everything with the utmost professionalism, learning everything we can, hiring talented individuals and giving them the tools and environment to continuously improve.”

The team announced Wednesday the next element of its team expansion, with Brian Colangelo set to run a two-car GRC Lites program, which will operate out of its 30,000 square-foot headquarters. The team seeks funded drivers to drive.

“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, but it’s the type of challenge that CORE autosport thrives on,” Colangelo said. “Witnessing what CORE has already accomplished I am confident we have the experience and resources to be competitive in Red Bull Global Rallycross and eventually win championships.”

“CORE autosport is just the latest of many premier racing organizations to come to Red Bull Global Rallycross,” Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne added. “Its success in sports car racing speaks for itself.  We know they will apply the same level of commitment and dedication to Red Bull GRC, and look forward to seeing them in compete in Lites this year and in the Supercar class down the road.”

Ganassi announces multiyear sponsorship extension with American Legion for No. 10

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Chip Ganassi Racing announced a new primary sponsorship deal with The American Legion this week, shoring up the funding on its No. 10 Dallara-Honda of Alex Palou.

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series champion primarily had driven with NTT Data sponsorship the past two seasons. But NTT Data will move next season to McLaren Racing as a primary sponsor for Felix Rosenqvist in 10 races and on the Indy 500 car of Tony Kanaan (who drove an American Legion car for Ganassi at the Brickyard last year).

It was the latest twist in a McLaren-Ganassi saga that included a contract dispute for the services of Palou (who is expected to move to McLaren in 2024 after reaching an agreement to race with Ganassi next year).

Ganassi stayed within its own walls to help plug the sponsorship gap left by NTT Data, re-signing The American Legion to a multiyear extension. The Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, which has been sponsoring Ganassi cars for the past few seasons, also will be associated with other Ganassi drivers, including Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson and development driver Kyffin Simpson in Indy NXT.

The Ganassi organization will continue promoting The American Legion’s “Be The One” campaign aimed at reducing veteran suicides. The team launched an online auction for the initiative this week.

“Supporting our nation’s veterans is of immense importance to our organization and we are humbled to continue supporting The American Legion’s mission in ending veteran suicide,” team owner Chip Ganassi said in a release. “We will do absolutely everything we can to help veterans get the support they need while raising public awareness of the ‘Be The One’ platform.”

“We have received an overwhelming amount of support from fans, active-duty military members and veterans as a result of this partnership and we’re pleased to see it grow,” said Dean Kessel, chief marketing officer at The American Legion. “Thanks to the continuous collaboration with the team’s other partners, and the promotion of the ‘Be The One’ initiative, we are discovering more ways to engage with the military community than ever before. We want all veterans to know that it’s okay to ask for help.”