American Legion No. 48 car to make INDYCAR debut this weekend in Texas
Indy Car driver Tony Kanaan poses with The American Legion 48 Car at the Team Ganassi Garage in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo by Adam Pintar/The American Legion)

American Legion No. 48 car to make INDYCAR debut this weekend in Texas

The Chip Ganassi Racing No. 48 Honda will have a different look – and different driver – when it takes to the Texas Motor Speedway for the May 2 XPEL 375.

Tony Kanaan, the 2004 INDYCAR Series champ, will make his 2021 NTT INDYCAR Series debut behind the wheel of a racecar upon which The American Legion is the primary paint scheme. Kanaan will drive the car this weekend and then during Memorial Day weekend’s “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indianapolis 500 – a race Kanaan won in 2013.

The American Legion and Chip Ganassi Racing have entered into a multi-year sponsorship agreement for the No. 48 Honda in the NTT INDYCAR Series. Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson is driving a No. 48 car featuring American Legion branding prominently in its paint scheme during this season’s road races, while Kanaan will compete in oval races.

This weekend’s schedule takes Kanaan and the No. 48 car to the 248-lap, 375-mile XPEL 375 on a track featuring 20 degrees of banking in Turns 1 and 2, and 24 degrees of banking in Turns 3 and 4. Qualifications are from 4-5 p.m. ET on May 1, while the race is set for 5 p.m. May 2. Both will be broadcast live on NBC Sports. For a complete weekend schedule, click here.

In just his second INDYCAR race, Johnson drove the No. 48 car to a 22nd-place finish in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Ganassi teammates Scott Dixon (fifth) and Marcus Ericsson (seventh) both recorded top-10 finishes, while Alex Palou was 17th.

For more information on The American Legion and its NTT INDYCAR SERIES participation, visit We’ve also made available a printable, downloadable poster/flyer featuring the American Legion-sponsored 48 car and its scheduled appearances in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for 2021 so fans can keep up with the action and promote the competition in their communities. Click here for more info and here to download the poster.