Sports Jimmie Johnson lands Carvana for sponsor on his No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing car for IndyCar jump
Washington QB Alex Smith 'didn't want to scare the hell out of' Dak Prescott after Cowboys QB's ankle injury
Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith knows about significant lower-body injuries and said he didn't want to scare Dak Prescott.And even though Smith may be able to offer some guidance and consolation to Prescott, he said he's waiting a little bit before reaching out to Prescott.
Jimmie Johnson and Chip Ganassi Racing's partnership for a two-year IndyCar program, announced last month, has always had a small caveat. Call it the "fine print" of the news release.
They needed a sponsor, which everyone around the paddock assumed would only be a matter of time for a seven-time NASCAR Cup champion making his American open-wheel debut.
The green flag landed Saturday when the duo announced online auto retailer Carvana will be featured on the Honda car in a primary sponsorship role next year that will carry his iconic No. 48.
New Orleans Saints are talking with LSU officials about playing home games at Tiger Stadium
The New Orleans Saints are talking with LSU officials about playing some of their home games in Tiger Stadium this season. " The Saints remaining home schedule follows: Sunday, Oct. 25, Carolina, Noon Sunday, Nov. 15, San Francisco, 3:25 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, Atlanta, Noon Sunday, Dec. 20, Kansas City, 3:25 p.m. Friday, Dec. 25, Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. Munson said the two parties have not decided on a date for the first Saints game at LSU. Saints communications director Greg Bensel released a statement about possible Saints home games in Tiger Stadium on Tuesday.
Johnson, who watched Saturday's series practice closely in-person, will make his IndyCar debut March 7 back in St. Petersburg after tests Nov. 2 at Barber and Nov. 10 at Laguna Seca, among others.
"It's incredible to have a guy so excited about joining our series and such a competitive person with some runway in front of him," team owner Chip Ganassi said in Saturday's news conference. "To bring in a new company like Carvana is just another feather in both of our caps, and it's an honor to bring in an industry dealer as a sponsor."
"When this (driver) partnership was broached to me six months ago, I said, 'No, he doesn't want to come (to IndyCar)', but yes he does. Believe me, you've got to pinch me that I'm sitting here today announcing this."
Welcome to the team! This is going to be one incredible journey.
New York Jets release star running back Le'Veon Bell after trade talks
The New York Jets decided to move on from Le'Veon Bell just a year and a half after signing the RB to a massive long-term contract."After having conversations with Le'Veon and his agent and exploring potential trade options over the past couple of days, we have made the decision to release Le'Veon," Jets GM Joe Douglas said in a statement. "The Jets organization appreciates Le'Veon's efforts during his time here and we know he worked hard to make significant contributions to this team. We believe this decision is in the best interests of both parties and wish him future success.— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson)
After an unprecedented run in— Carvana Racing (@CarvanaRacing) , 7x champ is taking his talents to and the world of open-wheel racing…and will be with him every step of the way! We’re proud to announce our official partnership with Jimmie and !
Johnson, presently planning to run a 13-race road and street course-only program for CGR, originally tested for the team on the IMS road course in late-July with managing director Mike Hull, team owner Chip Ganassi and veteran driver Scott Dixon all on hand. The longtime stock car driver had expressed great interest in diving into open-wheel racing in 2021 after he retires from full-time Cup series racing ever since his appearance at February's open test at Circuit of the Americas.
McLaughlin makes long journey for overdue IndyCar debut
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Scott McLaughlin completed the Bathurst 1000 in Australia, collected his third consecutive Supercars championship, then hopped on a plane headed to the United States to start his IndyCar adventure. The grueling itinerary took McLaughlin first to Sydney to catch a connection to Los Angeles and then a final leg to Charlotte — all in time for him to log a four-hour stint in the Chevrolet simulator as soon as he landed. McLaughlin's pandemic-postponed IndyCar debut at last comes Sunday in the season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida. He will be properly prepared.
Then a guest of Arrow McLaren SP at COTA, Johnson said this summer he had been in talks with numerous IndyCar teams and had cooperation from longtime partner Chevy to expand his searching into Honda territory as well. On Sept. 9, after AMSP had said they wouldn't pursue testing Johnson until at least the offseason, the 45-year-old driver and Ganassi announced their partnership.
But as it turns out, Ganassi and Johnson needed help from AMSP to finalize the program. The latter team had taken over ownership of the No. 48 earlier this year, likely in anticipation of working out a program with Johnson, but Johnson said Saturday that through talks with IndyCar president Jay Frye, they were able to work out a deal to pick up his longtime number to be stylized in CGR's font.
Ganassi also affirmed Saturday that he plans for the No. 48 to run all 17 races in 2021 and for it to be the team's fourth entry, with an oval-only driver to be announced at a later date.
Johnson jump-starts IndyCar move with online auto retailer
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jimmie Johnson needed funding for his move to IndyCar so the seven-time NASCAR champion transitioned into a salesman for the first time. He'll continue selling all next year as representative for the online auto retailer Carvana. Johnson and Chip Ganassi Racing announced Carvana — the company known for multistory car vending machines — as the sponsor Saturday for the No. 48 Honda that Johnson will drive in road and street course IndyCar races. It's a striking partnership in that Johnson has spent the last 19 seasons driving for Rick Hendrick, one of the largest car dealers in the country.
"This is huge. I'm as happy as anybody to be able to drive for Chip," Johnson said Saturday. "It's something I want to be part of, and I'm so thankful to have been given this opportunity to help bring this relationship to the finish line and bring a new sponsor into motor sports and the IndyCar series.
"I look forward to having that Carvana car on the track very soon."
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Seeking long-awaited first NASCAR title, Denny Hamlin hopes to recreate Phoenix magic .
A year ago, Denny Hamlin dominated and won at Phoenix Raceway to advance to the 2019 championship race. Sunday, Hamlin hopes history repeats itself.Nearly a year ago, sitting below the cutline on the NASCAR Cup Series playoff grid, Hamlin dominated and won at Phoenix Raceway to advance into the championship race. Sunday, Hamlin and Gabehart hope history repeats itself. Only this time, Phoenix is the season finale (3 p.m. ET, NBC), and a win would earn them the championship.