TUSC: Corvette announces GTLM lineup, adds Briscoe, Liddell

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Corvette Racing has announced its lineup for the GTLM class in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The team’s 2012 and 2013 full season pairings, Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen (No. 3) and Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner (No. 4) will return, now armed with Corvette’s new C7.R to replace the departed C6.R (pictured right). The Gavin/Milner pairing won the 2012 American Le Mans Series GT driver’s title, and Garcia and Magnussen took this year’s title.

Endurance race additions will be Ryan Briscoe (No. 3) and Robin Liddell (No. 4) for the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, the first two rounds of the TUDOR Championship. At 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 14-15, Jordan Taylor and Richard Westbrook will reprise their roles from 2013.

“We feel this roster will be extremely competitive,” Mark Kent, Director of Chevrolet Racing, said in a release. “This is a program that embraces continuity and teamwork in all areas. It is a key to success in motorsports – evidenced by the roster of drivers who will compete at Le Mans against the most challenging competition in endurance racing. We also welcome championship talents Ryan Briscoe and Robin Liddell to the Corvette Racing program for the opening two races of an exciting new chapter in sports car racing.”

Neither Taylor nor Westbrook could commit to the TUDOR Championship endurance races for Corvette Racing because they’ll be driving Corvette Daytona Prototypes in the P class for the full season. Taylor will team with brother Ricky and drive for father Wayne in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing entry, with Westbrook alongside Michael Valiante in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette.

Briscoe has competed at Daytona with WTR’s DP in years past, while Liddell became available after the Stevenson Motorsports Camaro, campaigned in the Rolex Series’ GT class, will not continue into 2014. These are two solid hires by Corvette, and for Briscoe, continues his incredible month of December that has also included earning Chip Ganassi’s fourth full-time IndyCar seat and having his first child with wife Nicole.

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.”