IndyCar update: Battle of strategies at Mid-Ohio

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Through the first 45 of 90 laps in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (live on NBC Sports Network and NBC Sports Live Extra), the race appears to be a four-way fight between Ryan Hunter-Reay, Will Power, Scott Dixon and Charlie Kimball.

All three ran the longest in the first stint and cycled back to the lead once they had completed their pit stops. Kimball has also been strong in the No. 83 car, pushing the veterans. He pitted from the lead on Lap 41, and emerged second ahead of Hunter-Reay when he resumed. Simon Pagenaud took the lead at half distance but was due for a pit stop shortly thereafter.

He, Pagenaud, Justin Wilson, Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti were among those on alternate strategies. Andretti dropped like a stone at the start of the race from third place, as he started on Firestone’s primary black tires.

While three stops had been expected, with drivers able to do as many as 30 laps in the first stint, a two-stop race is more than possible.

This race ran caution free a year ago and halfway home in 2013, is looking similar. So far there have not been any retirements.

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.”