‘Truly an Honor’ – GMC Joins Hands With Chip Ganassi Racing for Extreme-E Venture

Published 01/28/2021, 11:11 AM EST
SONOMA, CA – JUNE 21: Kurt Busch, No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing enters Turn 4 during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Toyota / Save Mart 350, in Sonoma, CA. (Photo by Larry Placido/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Chip Ganassi Racing has been one of the pioneer teams in NASCAR, with their presence across many racing divisions. They have taken part in are the NASCAR Cup Series, the Xfinity Series and IndyCar, among others.

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However, in their latest partnership with General Motors Company (GMC), they will explore the Extreme E Racing Series as well. The team website put out an official statement, with GMC US Vice-President for Performance and Motorsports, Mr. Jim Campbell outlining his thoughts.

Mr. Campbell stated, “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.”

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Chip Ganassi Racing will sport a 550-horsepower electric SUV in the unique competition

The Extreme E series will be a revolutionary take on electric vehicles, bringing something different to the table. Spread out over six challenging terrain-based races in 2021, CGR would hope for a fruitful enterprise in their upcoming participation.

Mr. Chip Ganassi added and said, “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.”

The news about Extreme E series is not unheard of for motorsports fans. It was earlier announced that F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have also launched teams which will enter the series.

2021 could be a very eventful and action-packed year of racing for CGR

Aside from Extreme E, it will be business as usual for the team in the Cup Series. Celebrating their 30th anniversary last season, driver Kurt Busch marked the occasion with a stunning win in Las Vegas.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 27: Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Cup Series South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

In 2021, Busch alongside Ross Chastain will look to make a further impact by attempting to qualify for the playoffs. Elsewhere, CGR will also run a car in the IndyCar Series with seven-time Cup Series champion, Jimmie Johnson piloting it.

Things could well get exciting for the team’s fans across various racing events. Additionally now, with introducing the Extreme E, it will interest to see how CGR go about things in that competition.

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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