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INDYCAR roars through the streets of Nashville with the Music City Grand Prix

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NASHVILLE, TN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The NTT INDYCAR SERIES debuts its first new street race in a decade this weekend when it takes to the streets of Nashville for the inaugural Music City Grand Prix.

The 11-turn, 2.17-mile temporary circuit incorporates streets in Downtown Nashville and around Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans.

Steelers and Country music fans probably already know that Nissan Stadium, much like Heinz Field and PNC Park, sits on the other side of the Cumberland River from Downtown Nashville, so INDYCARS will be screaming across the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Two-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion and Tennessee native Josef Newgarden thinks the city is going to be the star of the race.

“So many people are talking this race, that normally don’t care about racing, I’m thrilled about the response to the event,” said Newgarden.  “Growing up in Hendersonville I never thought I would be racing in Downtown Nashville and across the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge.”

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“It’s definitely an interesting circuit,” said six-time and defending NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion Scott Dixon, who drives the No. 9 PNC Bank Grow Up Great Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.  “Going over the water on a bridge, very long straights, very tight sections.  More importantly very excited to be racing in Downtown Nashville.  A lot of big names, celebrities and stars coming to this one and for the local people it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Dixon was second in the opening practice with a fast lap of 1:16.9653-seconds (98.226 mph), trailing only Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta, who’s put down a fast lap of 16.5875-seconds (98.711) in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda.

“What we rolled off the truck with was pretty good,” said Herta. “I feel like when you go to these street circuits that are bumpy and technical like this one is, it’s about having the least worst car, if that makes sense. It’s never going to handle nice, so you just kind of try to get it into an operating window where it’s better than everybody else’s.”

There were two incidents in the first practice session.  Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward clipped the barrier in turn 3 ending his session after 22-minutes.  O’Ward was not hurt.  Conor Daly hit the tire barrier after the rear wheels of Daly’s No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet locked up as he braked for Turn 9 exiting the bridge. Daly climbed without assistance from the car.

Practice continues on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET (Noon local) with knockout-style qualifying starting at 4:30 p.m. ET (3:30 local).

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Chip Ganassi Racing unveils Alex Palou’s No. 10 DHL Honda

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Chip Ganassi Racing unveiled the livery for two-time and reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion Alex Palou’s DHL Honda on Tuesday.  DHL signed on as the primary sponsor this off-season in a multi-year partnership with the team.

The No. 10 car will carry the familiar yellow of DHL’s branding but adds a splash of red that has been synonymous with the Ganassi team for decades.

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“As everybody can see, this is quite the amazing livery,” said Palou. “The No. 10 DHL Honda looks very aggressive, and it will certainly stand out on the track, which is great. I can’t wait to start the season with a run in this livery at Sebring before we kick things off in St. Pete. It’s looking like the perfect livery to try to defend our title in 2024 and I cannot wait to deliver on-track here soon.”

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding takes place March 8-10 on the streets of St. Pete.

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DHL joining Chip Ganassi Racing as primary sponsor for No. 10 Honda and Alex Palou

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN and PLANTATION, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Chip Ganassi Racing and DHL Express are teaming up in a new multi-year partnership that will see DHL become the official logistics partner of the 15-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champions and the primary sponsor of two-time and reigning Series Champion Alex Palou and the No. 10 Honda team.

“I am extremely proud to welcome DHL to the Chip Ganassi Racing family,” said Chip Ganassi. “It is an honor to partner with an organization that shares our fundamental values of teamwork, growth, responsibility, and the pursuit of excellence. Together, we are committed to embodying those values both on and off the racetrack. I am looking forward to Alex and the No. 10 team defending their 2023 title with DHL on board. The road ahead holds great promise and potential, and I can’t wait to get started.”

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry and one of the most international companies, with about 395,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.

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“We’re thrilled to partner with Chip Ganassi Racing, an organization that has a rich history of success, deeply rooted in principles shared by DHL, such as a commitment to supporting the communities we call home, and the relentless pursuit of excellence by investing in our people who embody speed, passion, and dedication,” said Mike Parra, CEO of DHL Express Americas and Head of Global Sponsorships. “As we sponsor this winning motorsports team with Alex Palou behind the wheel, we look forward to many winning moments both on and off the track in the months and years to come.”

“It’s super exciting to announce our new partnership with DHL, a global leader in logistics. Representing such a successful and widely recognized brand is a true honor,” said Palou. “Their iconic yellow and red colors not only stand out, but they also remind me of my native Spain’s colors. As our team looks back at our remarkable success last year, we are eager to carry that momentum forward and aim for a third title with the support of DHL. I am especially thrilled to hit the ground running alongside the dedicated men and women of our 10-car crew in 2024.”

Palou, the No. 10 team will kick-off the 2024 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season March 10th at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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Racing Notebook: DHL partners with Ganassi; Hunt Bros partners with Penske and more

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(Pittsburgh, PA) – 2024 partnership programs a coming together as two of the biggest names in racing, Ganassi and Penske, each announce new deals plus PPMS announces their plans for the new year and Henessey Performance packs some punch for GM fans in today’s Racing Notebook.

DHL Partners with Ganassi and Palou

  • DHL and Chip Ganassi Racing are teaming up for a new partnership.  DHL becomes the primary sponsor of the No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda and two-time NTT IndyCar Champion Alex Palou.  DHL express also becomes the Official Logistics Partner of the 15-time Championship team. “I am extremely proud to welcome DHL to the Chip Ganassi Racing family,” said Chip Ganassi. “It is an honor to partner with an organization that shares our fundamental values of teamwork, growth, responsibility, and the pursuit of excellence.”
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Hunt Brothers Pizza Partners with Penske, Logano, Blaney

  • Team Penske and Hunt Brothers Pizza are teaming up in multi-year deal that will feature the convenience store pizza brand on the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang driven by two-time NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Champion Joey Logano for select races beginning in 2024. Hunt Brothers Pizza will also be an associate sponsor on defending NASCAR Cup Series Champion Ryan Blaney’s No. 12 Ford Mustang for the 2024 season.

PPMS Announces 2024 Schedule

  • Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway is planning a 29-race schedule for 2024 with an opening day St. Patrick’s Day Weekend.  The highlight of the schedule is the expansion of the Pittsburgher weekend to a 2-day event for the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series battling for almost $200,000!
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