Chip Ganassi Racing make their ‘big announcement’

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Chip Ganassi Racing made their “big announcement”, confirming the addition of GMC for their electric SUV in the inaugural Extreme E season.

On Monday evening, Chip Ganassi Racing team owner Chip Ganassi confirmed that the team would be making what he described as a “big announcement” on Tuesday morning.

Ganassi did not specify the racing series to which he was referring, and he fields teams in multiple different series.

Chip Ganassi Racing field full-time entries in the NTT IndyCar Series, the NASCAR Cup Series, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Extreme E.

They made that “big announcement” earlier today, and it had to do with their new Extreme E team.

GMC announced a multi-year sponsorship with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Extreme E team ahead of the series’ inaugural season in 2021.

The team’s 550-horsepower electric SUV features a unique grille, graphics and bodywork, and it was inspired by the GMC HUMMER EV, the world’s first all-electric supertruck.

Here is what Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S. vice president, Performance and Motorsports, had to say about the partnership in a team release.

"“I can’t think of a better fit than showcasing the look of GMC’s HUMMER EV in Extreme E with Chip Ganassi Racing. Both GMC HUMMER EV and the Extreme E series are designed to be revolutionary – to challenge perceptions of electric vehicles and to showcase their true capability.”"

Here is what Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Extreme E, had to add.

"“We feel very proud to welcome GMC and its iconic GMC HUMMER EV to the Extreme E family, as it joins forces with our Chip Ganassi Racing team. Not only will Extreme E be a thrilling motorsport, it will also showcase the performance and benefits of electric vehicles.”"

Ganassi was excited about the addition.

He added the following.

"“It’s truly an honor to represent GMC, especially during such an exciting time in auto racing. The new GMC HUMMER EV is going to be a game changer in terms of how the world views off-road EV capability, and we couldn’t be more proud to represent GMC in such an innovative new series.”"

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