Ryan Eversley set for another Continental Tire series return

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Ryan Eversley will make his return to IMSA’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge for at least the next two races, returning in the No. 93 HART Honda Civic Si in the ST class and co-driving with Chad Gilsinger.

He’ll be in the car for this upcoming weekend’s race at Watkins Glen International, the series’ first race since Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in early May, and then the following week at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Michael Valiante began the year in that car but was sidelined from Mazda Raceway following a last-lap accident at Sebring International Raceway in March. Cameron Lawrence filled in the No. 93 car at Mazda Raceway.

Eversley raced sporadic CTSC events in 2015 when they didn’t conflict with his full-time, primary commitments as an Acura factory driver with RealTime Racing. He and Gilsinger won the ST race at Road America last August, and Eversley is coming off a dream weekend with RealTime where he won both Pirelli World Challenge races at Road America in the Acura TLX-GT (more on that to come later this week).

“I’m very happy to be able to join HART for Watkins Glen and Mosport and to return to the Continental Tire series!” Eversley told NBC Sports. “The Honda Civic usually runs well at The Glen, and with Chad as a teammate I expect us to be fighting up front!”

Car chief Andrew Salzano added, “We are excited that Ryan is returning to drive the No. 93 with Chad! The upcoming tracks suit the Civic really well and hopefully we will be able to capitalize on it with this strong driver pairing. Even in our short time together last year we had good success so we have high confidence that we can stay at or near the top of the championship.”

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.”