Hendrick team machinist is brother of slain MIT officer

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The ongoing situation in Boston has hit the NASCAR family, with news that a member of Hendrick Motorsports is the brother of the MIT officer that was killed last night in Cambridge, Mass.

Andrew Collier, who works in the team’s engine department, lost his brother, 26-year-old officer Sean Collier, who was shot following an altercation on the school’s campus and was pronounced dead after arrival at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston yesterday evening. Authorities are reporting that he was killed by the suspects in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings.

Hendrick Motorsports has released the following statement:

“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Hendrick Motorsports are with Andrew Collier and his family. Andrew, a machinist in the Hendrick Motorsports engine department, tragically lost his brother, Officer Sean Collier, last night in Cambridge, Mass. We ask that the family’s privacy be considered during this difficult time. Andrew, 25, joined Hendrick Motorsports in September 2008.”

Sean Collier, a native of Wilmington, Mass., had been a member of the MIT Police Department since January 2012 following a stint as a civilian employee of the Somerville (Mass.) Police Department. His family has since released a statement, saying that they were “heartbroken” by his loss.

“Our only solace is that Sean died bravely doing what he committed his life to – serving and protecting others,” the statement continued according to the Boston Globe. “We are thankful for the outpouring of support and condolences offered by so many people. We are grieving his loss and ask that the media respect our privacy at this time.”

UPDATE (1:07 p.m. ET): Per the Associated Press, Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson said the following on this matter: “My thoughts and prayers [are] with the Collier family, and I certainly know it’s the same thing with everyone at Hendrick Motorsports. We’re one big family and it’s sad to see a teammate going through this.”

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.”