Chip Ganassi Racing announced on Tuesday that the American Legion have joined the team as an associate sponsor to the No.48 Carvana Honda that will be shared between seven time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and 2013 Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan.
Speaking about the new multi-year partnership, team owner Chip Ganassi said:
We’re excited about this new relationship with The American Legion as it allows us to further the sponsorship program on the No. 48 team with Jimmie and Tony, while also representing a very important relationship with an organization dedicated to supporting veterans. “Jimmie in particular has a long-standing appreciation for the service of veterans, so it was just another reason why partnering with The American Legion on his debut in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES made sense.
National Commander of The American Legion, James ‘Bill’ Oxford said:
This is truly a win-win for all involved. “Teaming up with Chip Ganassi Racing allows The American Legion to showcase how it strengthens America every day through its programs, advocacy and support of veterans and their families. We’re looking forward to bringing that message and our mission to race fans across the country.
Jimmie Johnson who will make his NTT IndyCar Series race debut in the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on March 7th commented saying:
Our family knows firsthand how important it is to recognize our veterans. “It’s exciting to be partnering with The American Legion to be able to show our appreciation to veterans and to continue to raise public awareness and support for this special organization. Giving Tuesday is a great day to announce this partnership and a way for fans to show their appreciation for our veterans.”
The announcement comes on #GivingTuesday, a day of global giving designed to help change communities and the world. As a result, Johnson, who has family members that have served in the military, will be making a $10,000 donation to The American Legion.
Johnson hopes his donation will motivate fans and the public to support our veterans by donating $48 to The American Legion. The $48 pays homage to the number 48 car that he and Kanaan will drive. Donors can visit legion.org/48 to make a gift and help celebrate this new relationship and veterans across the country.