Pirelli ’17 tire tests continue with Red Bull at Mugello (PHOTOS)

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Pirelli’s test program for its 2017 Formula 1 tires continued in earnest at Mugello as Sebastien Buemi and Red Bull racked up the miles on Wednesday.

As part of an overhaul of F1’s technical regulations for next season, Pirelli will provide a wider, more durable tire to teams that should see lap times improve by multiple seconds.

Ferrari enjoyed the first run with the wider tire on Monday and Tuesday at Fiorano with a modified version of its 2015 car, the running being split by Sebastian Vettel and Esteban Gutierrez.

Red Bull took over the reins on Wednesday and Thursday as Formula E and WEC champion Buemi enjoyed his first F1 test in over two years.

The Swiss driver raced for Red Bull’s junior team, Toro Rosso, in F1 until 2011, but has remained in a test and reserve role since then while also racing in Formula E with Renault e.dams and Toyota in the WEC.

Buemi completed 82 laps behind the Red Bull RB12 ‘mule’ car on Wednesday, and has been putting in the laps today at the Italian circuit.

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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.”