Nine drivers slated for Sonoma testing on Wednesday

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The run-up to next month’s IndyCar season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida (Mar. 24, Noon ET on NBC Sports Network) continues on Wednesday with a contingent of drivers tackling the hilly Sonoma Raceway for a single-day test run.

Nine drivers will turn laps on the Northern California road course in a session that’s free and open to the public. Testing is expected to run until around 5 p.m. PT.

Here’s the roster for today’s test:

• Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology/Chevrolet)
• Simona de Silvestro (KV Racing Technology/Chevrolet)
• J.R. Hildebrand (Panther Racing/Chevrolet)
• Oriol Servia (Panther + Dreyer and Reinbold Racing/Chevrolet)
• Sebastian Saavedra (Dragon Racing/Chevrolet)
• Sebastien Bourdais (Dragon Racing/Chevrolet)
• Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing/Chevrolet)
• Simon Pagenaud (above) (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports/Honda)
• Tristan Vautier (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports/Honda)

Sonoma held a pre-season test last February that was notable for the presence of both the then-new Dallara DW12 and former F1 standout Rubens Barrichello, then on the verge of embarking on what would be his lone IndyCar campaign.

More than 1,500 fans showed up, making for the highest-attended test session ever in the track’s history.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”