Cessna enters world of auto racing
Cessna announced it will provide transportation for the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams.
The company had this reaction to the deal in a news release. "Clyde Cessna founded this company on our customers' need for speed. Today, performing with precision to drive success is the purpose of business aviation," said Scott Ernest, Cessna's President and CEO.
" The racing industry is built on those same principles – each day teams are moving as fast as they can to get from point a to point b and win, which is why this partnership is such a natural fit for both Cessna and CGRT. The scope and success of CGRT across all components of racing gives us a strong presence as we invest in the sport."
Cessna along with sister Textron companies, Bell Helicopter and E-Z GO vehicles, will get Ganassi crew members to their racing venues as part of the multi-year partnership. "Cessna helps make racing possible for my team by getting me to the races quickly and efficiently," said Chip Ganassi, owner of Chip Ganassi Racing. "With almost 70 races a year separated by hundreds of miles with little time in between, I rely on business aviation to help me keep driving my business and to keep winning."
In summer 2012, Cessna partnered with CGRT and owner Chip Ganassi at the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma to announce the enhanced maximum speed of the new Citation X to mach.935, thus regaining the title as the fastest civil aircraft in the world.