American Legion Backs Johnson & Kanaan At CGR

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CONCORD, N.C. – Chip Ganassi Racing officials have announced a multi-year agreement with The American Legion as a sponsor of the No. 48 Honda in the NTT IndyCar Series that will be shared by Jimmie Johnson and Tony Kanaan next year.

“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,” said Chip Ganassi, team owner of Chip Ganassi Racing. “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.”

The American Legion will be featured prominently on Johnson’s No. 48 Honda during every NTT IndyCar Series race for the next two years. The organization will also be the primary sponsor of the No. 48 for two races in 2021, including the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.

Kanaan, winner of the 2013 Indianapolis 500, will be behind the wheel for those races.

“This is truly a win-win for all involved,” said James W. “Bill” Oxford, national commander of The American Legion. “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.”

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 No. 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.

“Our family knows firsthand how important it is to recognize our veterans,” said Johnson, whose grandfathers and brother-in-law served in the military. “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.”