IMSA: Motul Petit Le Mans after 7.5 hours — 2.5 hours remain

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Stay tuned for the conclusion of the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

The sun has set in Braselton, Ga. and the race to the checkers is in the final dash.

After 7.5 hours, the leaders are:

PROTOTYPE:

  • No. 77 Mazda Team Joest, Mazda DPi, Tristan Nunez
  • No. 6 Acura Team Penske, Acura DPi, Dane Cameron
  • No. 10 Konica Minolta, Cadillac DPi-V.R, Renger Van Der Zande

GTLM:

  • No. 3 Corvette Racing, Chevrolet Corvette, Jan Magnussen
  • No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, Ford GT, Richard Westbrook
  • No. 62 Risi Competizione, Ferrari 488 GTE, Alessandro Pier Guidi

GTD:

  • No. 29 Montaplast by Land Motorsport, Audi R8 LMS GT3, Ricky Feller
  • No. 57 Meyer Shank Racing, Acura NSX GT3, Bia Figueiredo
  • No. 33 Mercedes-AMG Team Riley, Mercedes-AMGGT3, Jeroen Bleekemolen

Live coverage of the Motul Petit Le Mans moves to NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app at 3 p.m. ET. Click here to access the stream.

 

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.”