Indy 500 champ Rossi meets an Edge 540 airplane at IMS (VIDEO)

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Alexander Rossi knows a thing or two about speed. The talented, 24-year-old American was on the fast track to Formula One and made his first five Grand Prix starts last season before a late switch to IndyCar this year brought him into Andretti Autosport. Rossi then delivered one of the best months of May for a rookie in history, culminating with a surprise but well-earned victory at the 100th Indianapolis 500.

Still though, there’s no forecasting how he could have handled a completely different type of speed – saddling up as a passenger aboard Edge 540 Pilot Kirby Chambliss’s plane, for the ultimate head-to-head race of speed, power and G-Force.

The video is above, and a description of what happened is below.

Rossi gave Chambliss a ride in an IndyCar two-seater around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, before Rossi would then join Chambliss’ plane.

(L-R) Indycar driver Alexander Rossi and Red Bull Air Race pilot Kirby Chambliss race down the course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA on 01 August 2016.
(L-R) Indycar driver Alexander Rossi and Red Bull Air Race pilot Kirby Chambliss race down the course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA on 01 August 2016.
Indycar driver Alexander Rossi rides in Red Bull Air Race Pilot Kirby Chambliss' plane in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA on 01 August 2016.
Indycar driver Alexander Rossi rides in Red Bull Air Race Pilot Kirby Chambliss’ plane in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA on 01 August 2016.

A two-time Red Bull Air Race World Champion, Chambliss battles the endurance and stamina needed to race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before propelling Rossi to new views of the track.  Hitting upwards of 10G-Force, Rossi experiences first-hand the thrilling high-speed, low-altitude flight of what makes Red Bull Air Race one of the most exciting motorsports.

Twenty-two pilots will take to the skies as Indianapolis Motor Speedway transforms into a runway on October 1-2 for the first ever Red Bull Air Race in Indianapolis.

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.”