Katherine Legge to drive DeltaWing in Monterey

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Former IZOD IndyCar Series driver Katherine Legge will race the DeltaWing prototype in the American Le Mans Series event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on May 11. Legge tested this past weekend in the DeltaWing at Road Atlanta, and will co-drive the striking machine with fellow Brit Andy Meyrick for the car’s debut on the Monterey, California road course.

In addition to boasting an open-topped look, the DeltaWing runs at half the weight, fuel and horsepower of a normal ALMS prototype, as well as at three-quarters of the tire consumption.

The Ben Bowlby-penned car made its world debut at last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and its debut in the ALMS’ LMP1 category last month at the 12 Hours of Sebring, where it was forced to bow out in the second hour due to engine failure.

“It was really exciting to get in the car on Sunday for the first time,” said Legge in a statement about her test at Road Atlanta. “Having driven lots of types of racing cars, I didn’t know what to expect, so I was very pleasantly surprised.

“It braked really well, it turned really positively, and it was really fast in a straight line – it drove like a really good racing car. It was very stable and I also was impressed with the way it handled. It was really neat to get it going.”

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.”