Kahne stops cold stretch of races, finishes third at Indy

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His Chase spot is still not yet secure, but after three consecutive finishes outside the Top-10, Kasey Kahne nabbed a clutch third-place finish in today’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The result moves him up one spot to ninth in the standings with six races remaining in the Sprint Cup “regular season.”

Kahne was steady throughout the 200 laps of racing, remaining in the Top 10 through the first quarter of the race and then jumping into the Top 5 at the first restart of the day at Lap 65. A four-tire stop at Lap 80 caused him to drop to 16th, but the Enumclaw, Washington product moved through the field and back toward the front in the second half of the event.

“We just really got going at the end of the race,” said Kahne, who notched his sixth Top-5 finish of the year and his first since a second-place run at the Coca-Cola 600 in May. “We had a really fast Great Clips Chevrolet. We kept falling back too far. Just things happen and we got back and then you have to pass. You get so far behind with track position here. It takes a while to get back to the front.

“The guys did a nice job, had a really fast car…We just never got to the lead, but at times, I think we were the fastest car – we just never got up there.”

Like Hendrick Motorsports teammate and race runner-up Jimmie Johnson, Kahne did admit to having issues with his No. 5 Chevrolet in traffic – saying that he wished he had a slightly different set-up to start the race in order to better deal with that issue.

“I really struggled behind cars early in the race and got really tight off the corners,” he said. “Once we fixed that, we were really competitive with everybody and at times were the best car.”

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.”