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Indy 500 win leads to increased NAPA sponsorship for Alexander Rossi

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The NAPA Auto Parts primary sponsorship of Alexander Rossi’s No. 98 Honda will continue for this weekend’s Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans, Rounds 7 and 8 of the Verizon IndyCar Series season.

“With the NAPA Auto Parts car winning the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 it only makes sense to continue to race the NAPA colors in Detroit,” Tip Tollison, President of NAPA Balkamp, said Thursday as the IndyCar series rolled into the Belle Isle Park street course circuit this week in preparation for the pair of races.

NAPA was a new sponsor for the Andretti-Herta Autosport team when Rossi provided them with maximum exposure, by stretching his fuel 36 laps at the close of the race and coasting into Victory Lane on fumes.

“NAPA joined us just in time for the historic 100th Indy 500 and we couldn’t have been more thrilled with being able to provide them the win,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti.

Momentum is important in the success of race teams as is the cultivation of partnerships.

“It’s great to see the partnership expand into a sponsorship for Alexander in Detroit and we hope to continue conversations and grow into an even larger relationship,” Andretti continued.

NAPA will get two races for the price of one weekend sponsorship. The Belle Isle Dual in Detroit features a double-header weekend with two distinct races that increases Rossi’s opportunity to win back-to-back weekends.

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Chip Ganassi to be honored in Petersen Museum exhibit

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This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.

Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Dario Franchitti’s 2010 Dallara IR-05. Photo Kahn Media

Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.

“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’ will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.” 

“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.

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