IMSA: Action Express Corvette DP, Ford double up again at CTMP

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Just like a week ago at Watkins Glen International, an Action Express Racing Corvette DP 1-2 sweep and the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT have won the latest round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season – this time at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

This time it was the No. 31 Whelen Engineering-backed entry of Dane Cameron and Eric Curran securing its first win of the season in a Corvette DP 1-4 sweep, the first for that car this year.

The No. 5 Action Express car (Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa) was second ahead of the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing and No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette DPs.

Ford, meanwhile, won its third straight race in GT Le Mans with the No. 67 car driven by Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe following up their past triumphs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Watkins Glen.

The Ford win is perhaps somewhat surprising following a Balance of Performance change heading into the weekend, but the Corvette Racing pair of C7.Rs were back, close in second and third in class.

Other class winners were CORE autosport with Colin Braun and Jon Bennett (second win of the year, PC, Sebring) and Turner Motorsport with Jens Klingmann and Bret Curtis in their BMW M6 GT3 (first win of the year, GTD).

More to follow…

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.”