2012 WRAP: Three straight wins over the summer propelled RHR into championship contention, and a gutsy call from team principal and strategist Michael Andretti at Baltimore kept him in the game when it looked as though the mountain was too high to climb. He scaled the last height for 2012 when Will Power crashed and fought an ill-handling car to finish fourth in the Auto Club season finale, securing his first title.
2013 OUTLOOK: All remains the same in terms of key cogs and personnel; the only difference is Hunter-Reay switches to the champion’s number 1, the first to do so since Scott Dixon in 2004. Strong on all types of circuits a year ago, particularly the short ovals, Hunter-Reay is among the most well rounded drivers on the grid and should factor into title contention once again. His next unchecked box is his first win in the Indianapolis 500.
Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season
“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.”
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.”