VIZIO and Hulu join Ganassi teams Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) announced today new sponsorships with VIZIO and Hulu which will see the brands carried on two of racings’ biggest stages on Memorial Day Weekend at the Indianapolis 500 and Coca Cola 600. The programs include major associate level branding on both Ryan Briscoe’s No. 8 NTT DATA Honda in the IZOD IndyCar Series for the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and on Jamie McMurray’s No. 1 McDonald’s/Cessna Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) for the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26.
The sponsors will also see primary branding on CGRT development driver Kyle Larson’s No. 32 Chevrolet Camaro for the NASCAR Nationwide (NNS) History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway May 25, giving VIZIO and Hulu Plus 1,400 miles of great racing during one of the most watched racing weekends of the year.
In addition, both brands will be the primary sponsors on Kyle Larson’s Late Model entry for NSCS driver Denny Hamlin’s Short Track Showdown charity race tonight at Richmond International Raceway.
NOTES OF INTEREST:
VIZIO, Inc.: VIZIO, America’s #1 Large Size HDTV company1, is committed to delivering the best entertainment experience with its full range of consumer electronics that combine innovative technology with clean and modern design, backed by an award-winning U.S.-based customer support team that has made VIZIO a fan favorite.
Hulu Plus: Hulu Plus offers current season and classic TV shows such as Family Guy, Modern Family, The Colbert Report, Saturday Night Live, and Community and hundreds more through connected devices, including internet-connected VIZIO HDTVs and Blu-ray players, for $7.99 per month.
Jamie McMurray: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driver Jamie McMurray once again took the reins of the No. 1 McDonald’s/Cessna Chevrolet SS for the 2013 NSCS season. Throughout his NASCAR career, McMurray has raced in the NSCS, NNS, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (CWTS) with a total of 15 wins, 14 poles, 75 top-five finishes and 175 top-10 finishes. To date, McMurray has 374 NSCS career starts resulting in six wins, 41 top-fives and 102 top-10s. He also grabbed eight pole awards and has led 1,416 laps along the way.
Ryan Briscoe: The reigning Indianapolis 500 pole sitter started his Indy car racing career with CGRT in 2005 when the team was a three-car effort comprised of Dixon and Darren Manning. He competed in 14 rounds in the No. 33 Target car, had a team-best finish of 10th at the Indianapolis 500 and won his first Indy car pole position at Sonoma Raceway before a season-ending accident at Chicagoland Speedway. In eight seasons of IZOD IndyCar Series racing, Briscoe has 102 starts, seven wins, 12 poles, 27 podiums and over 1,400 laps led with a best finish of third in the 2009 championship.
Kyle Larson: Larson set United States Auto Club (USAC) racing ablaze by capturing four victories in the National Midget division, which is the same division that produced top driving talent such as Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne. Earlier this month, he won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Rockingham Speedway, which was his first victory in any of NASCAR’s top three touring series– accomplishing the feat in only his fifth career start. Larson is only the second driver to ever sweep the prestigious 4-Crown Nationals, winning in Silver Crown, Sprint Cars, and Midgets, at the historic Eldora Speedway in one night. He was a finalist for the 2011 (and ‘12) SPEED Performer of the Year.
Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO: “Just as VIZIO is committed to performance and leading technology in the consumer electronics space, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams puts those practices to work on the track. We’re excited to have another opportunity to work with our partner Hulu Plus and wish Ryan, Jamie and Kyle luck as they prepare for three of the biggest races in INDYCAR and NASCAR.”
Steve Lauletta, President, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc.: “With VIZIO and Hulu joining our partner lineup, you’ll see their brands used across a number of the unique assets our racing programs can provide– all on one of our biggest weekends of the year. We have developed a program not only in NASCAR, but in INDYCAR as well, and look forward to providing value in the investments they’ve made with us.”