IMSA to support #OrlandoUnited this weekend and beyond

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Nice gesture here from IMSA in terms of its supporting #OrlandoUnited following the attack on June 12 in an Orlando nightclub.

A release from the sanctioning body is below:

As the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) returns to action with six of the seven racing series it sanctions participating in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen weekend at Watkins Glen International this weekend, victims of the Pulse nightclub tragedy on June 12 in Orlando remain in the thoughts of the IMSA community.

This weekend’s races mark the first IMSA event since the tragedy, which occurred just 50 miles from IMSA’s headquarters in Daytona Beach. As a show of support for the victims and those affected by the tragedy, IMSA has commissioned #OrlandoUnited decals that are available to all teams participating at Watkins Glen to carry on their race cars.

“As Central Floridians, this horrible tragedy hit very close to home,” said IMSA CEO Ed Bennett. “This weekend, we felt it would be appropriate to pay tribute to the victims and show our support to the survivors in our own way by making these decals available to our race teams. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with everybody affected.”

In addition, IMSA is making a donation to the OneOrlando Fund and is encouraging others to do the same via http://www.oneorlando.org.

Next up for the WeatherTech Championship is the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on Sunday, July 3, which also is the third round of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. The race will be televised live on FS1 beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET.

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.”