TCGR scores twin Top-10s for first time in 2013

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Another sign of how parity has taken hold of the IZOD IndyCar Series this season: Today’s first race of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit marked the first time this year that both Target Chip Ganassi Racing drivers have collected Top-10 results in the same race.

Scott Dixon had to overcome an early incident with A.J. Allmendinger in order to grab a fourth-place finish, while Dario Franchitti was steady in a sixth-place effort.

Dixon, who led wire-to-wire in last year’s shortened race on Belle Isle, found trouble on the opening lap when Allmendinger climbed over the side of his No. 9 Honda en route to hitting the Turn 4 tire barriers. Dixon was forced to come to pit road for a new rear wing, and he returned to the pits again just two laps later for a fuel-only stop.

It helped make for a long day for Dixon, but he was still able to come away with his third Top-5 of the season after hounding third-place finisher Justin Wilson for the last spot on the podium all the way to the finish.

“I got to the back of the field there twice and had to drive through it,” said Dixon, who goes off ninth in tomorrow’s second Dual race. “…The pace of the race was very high. It felt like it was qualifying all over again almost every lap.

“Earlier on, it was a bit funky in the middle there with people trying to set a pace, but the front runners were definitely going. I’ll definitely be getting plenty of rest tonight.”

Franchitti had a good first stint, jumping three positions on the first lap of the race and moving up to fourth by the time he made his first stop on Lap 25. But on a restart at Lap 39, Franchitti fell from third to sixth in one lap and was unable to move any farther for the rest of the afternoon.

“Helio [Castroneves] got down the inside of us and locked up his tires and I had to go wide to avoid him,” Franchitti said about that particular restart. “From there, it was just a case of coming back through the field. The team did a bit of strategy and I was trying to make some passes there.

“I have to say the car was very fast. It was just a matter of getting some clear track to make things happen. It was a good team effort today. We need to make a few changes for tomorrow to see if we can improve things.”

Franchitti’s sixth-place effort is his best since finishing fourth in April at Long Beach.

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.”