Ganassi’s Mike Hull looking forward to new partnerships with Kanaan, Chevrolet

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Today’s test session at Sebring International Raceway began a new era of sorts for Chip Ganassi Racing, which tested together with Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan (pictured, No. 8) and new engine supplier Chevrolet for the first time on-track.

Team managing director Mike Hull is optimistic about what both can bring to the team after it won the IndyCar Series championship with Scott Dixon and Honda power this past year.

In regard to Kanaan, Hull noted that because he’s coming from another Chevy-powered outfit, KV Racing Technology, he won’t find himself worrying about grappling with the differences between the Chevy and Honda motors – both of which will be twin-turbos from 2014 onward.

“He can just concentrate on what we do as a team with the chassis,” Hull said. “And it’s kind of an interesting comparison, or dynamic, of what we have going on today because we have the Honda history, which has been a really special time in our lives at Chip Ganassi Racing for many, many years, we have that going on.

“But with Tony, we also have a fresh perspective on where Chip Ganassi [Racing] stands in terms of how it creates an on-track product by comparison to where he’s been in the past. So it’s a big day for all of us here in terms of understanding how to make our product better.”

Hull was also glad to get started with Chevy in terms of on-track work after a couple months of “getting to know you” since CGR announced that it would join the Bowtie back in October at Houston.

“[The test is] not so much a comparison about where we’ve been, it’s about how we’re going to work moving forward with our new partner,” he said. “That’s really the key for us, creating and opening up the communication streams that we had between our four drivers and our team itself in combination with the team of people at Chevrolet.”

In an interesting side note from today, Alex Tagliani – who replaced the injured (and now, retired) Dario Franchitti in his No. 10 car in the October season finale at Fontana – tested in that same No. 10 machine today with Ganassi full-timers Kanaan, Dixon, and Charlie Kimball.

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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.”