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Adam Cianciarulo moves up to 450s in 2020 joining Eli Tomac

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In a move that could see both 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross champions riding for the same team in 2020, Adam Cianciarulo will move up to the 450 class next year with the Monster Energy Kawasaki race team, joining Eli Tomac.

With three rounds remaining Cianciarulo currently holds a 28-point lead over Dylan Ferrandis in the 250 class. Tomac has a 50-point advantage over Marvin Musquin in 450s.

“We have a very strong 2020 team roster,” Kawasaki Racing Senior Manager, Dan Fahie said in a press release. “We still have work to do this summer in hopes that both Eli and Adam can bring home championships in their respective classes. We are excited to be continuing our championship journey with Eli and welcoming Adam and his storied Kawasaki racing career onto our 450 team.

“We learned a lot about our KX450 and are in a good place heading into 2020 with the development of the motorcycle.”

Cianciarulo has built his advantage with a perfect record of overall podium finishes in the first nine rounds of 2019 that includes victories in the first four rounds at Hangtown, Pala, Thunder Valley and High Point. With his considerable lead in place, he tacked on wins at Southwick and Spring Creek.

Cianciarulo is the only rider to stand on the podium in every moto of the season.

“I am super excited and grateful for this opportunity,” said Cianciarulo. “I was just a little kid when I signed with Kawasaki in 2004, and it’s been a dream of mine since then to reach this point. From growing up in the Team Green program, to my 250 career with Mitch Payton and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, I feel I’m prepared to take on this next challenge of competing at the highest level.”

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In the 450 class, Tomac also had a perfect record of podium finishes with overall victories at Pala, High Point, RedBud and last week at Washougal.

“I’m thrilled to continue the relationship with Kawasaki,” said Tomac. “I feel we have an outstanding team in place, an excellent KX450 motorcycle and a common goal of winning races and championships. Right now our focus is on winning this Pro Motocross Championship and then we will begin preparing for the 2020 Supercross season.

“Let the good times roll!”

Joey Savatgy will close out his rookie season with Kawasaki with full support in the final three races of 2019.

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Chip Ganassi to be honored in Petersen Museum exhibit

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This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.

Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Dario Franchitti’s 2010 Dallara IR-05. Photo Kahn Media

Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.

“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’ will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.” 

“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.

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