Struggles hit a few teams, drivers in IndyCar’s Detroit Dual

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With two races now in the books at this weekend’s doubleheader of the IZOD IndyCar Series, here’s a look through the drivers and teams who blew up the scoreboard – in either a noticeably good or noticeably bad way. This group had a weekend to forget:

  • AJ Allmendinger, No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet. Two races, two first lap crashes. Nothing more need be said other than “ouch.”
  • Sebastien Bourdais, No. 7 Dragon Racing Chevrolet. A weekend to forget for the Frenchman in his 100th and 101st open-wheel starts, with setup issues in the early part of the weekend and then a move that triggered the multi-car pileup in Turn 1.
  • Takuma Sato, No. 14 A.J. Foyt Racing Honda. Neither incident was his fault, but Sato was twice taken out. The points leader heading into Indianapolis has now stumbled to sixth in the standings, 31 points behind the leaders.
  • Alex Tagliani, No. 98 Barracuda Racing Honda. Made his overdue first 2013 appearance in the Firestone Fast Six and led Friday practice, but again caught out by other drivers’ mistakes during the race.
  • KV Racing Technology. Good at St. Pete but have struggled elsewhere on the street courses since, Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan and teammate Simona de Silvestro again weren’t a factor at all this weekend. De Silvestro had a hard crash caused by a puncture on her right front tire, which affected her steering.

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.”