Burning of former Jeremy Mayfield home cancelled (UPDATED)

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UPDATED (2:30 p.m. ET): The former North Carolina home of suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was scheduled to be burned as part of a fire training exercise on Saturday, but the burn has now been cancelled due to a forecast for rain according to the Hickory (N.C.) Daily Record.

Catawba (N.C.) Fire Chief Donald Robinson has told the newspaper that there are no plans to reschedule the burn.

According to a prior article from the Associated Press, Robinson said that the home’s new owners no longer wanted it. The home, now worth $300,000 after once being valued at well over $1 million, was stripped in preparation for the burn.

Mayfield, who was suspended by NASCAR in 2009 after testing positive for methamphetamine, was kicked off the property in late 2012. Previous to that, in November of 2011, local authorities arrested Mayfield on drug charges and found almost $100,000 in stolen goods inside his home.

Best known for his Cup tenures with Penske Racing and the former Evernham Motorsports in the late ’90s and early 2000s, Mayfield currently faces multiple felony charges. Charlotte’s WSOC-TV reports that he will go back before a judge early next month.

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.”