The reason for the visit to Hangar F at the Concord Airport was immediately obvious.
The Cessna Citation X, a $23-million jet with a top speed approaching Mach 1, was a dead giveaway.
That was the setting for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing's announcement Wednesday of an important new sponsor, the Cessna Aircraft Company, which will occupy primary position on the hood of Jamie McMurray's No. 1 Chevrolet for 10 races this season.
The multi-year deal with Cessna also includes primary placement for one IndyCar race and one GRAND-AM event.
Cessna's foray into the motorsports realm fills a void left by the reduced presence at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing of Bass Pro Shops, which is migrating to Stewart-Haas Racing. McMurray's car will have 10 races with Cessna, 15 with McDonald's, two with Bass Pro Shops and one each with Liftmaster and Banana Boat.
Though the No. 1 car has sponsorship for three races that will be announced later and four races left in inventory, the economics o...