Oriol Servia gets at least four races in RLL’s second IndyCar

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In a mini-reunion of sorts, Oriol Servia returns to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for the first time since the 2009 Indianapolis 500.

The Catalan will race at least four IndyCar races in RLL’s much-discussed second Honda, with the hopes of adding more.

“We have had the plea­sure of working with Oriol before and are looking forward to his return,” Bobby Rahal, team co-owner, said in a release.  “I have always respected his ability to develop the race car and be a produc­tive member of the team so when it came time to consider the possi­bility of a second entry he was right at the top of the list. We are happy to have him back and look forward to having him help the team progress toward the front.”

Servia’s stop-start 2009 also included a stint with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing for a few races as Graham Rahal’s teammate. Lanigan is now a co-owner of RLL, and Servia will be reunited with Rahal as well.

“On the team side, in 2009 we did the 500 together as a one-off race,” Servia said. “We were running very strong until we had a fuel pump fail on us but that one race left us with a sensa­tion that we could do great things together. That same year I did a short stint at Newman/Haas where my team­mate was Graham (Rahal) and that also started a great chem­istry between us that trans­lated to results on track where we finished third and fourth in the last race we ran.

“There are enough syner­gies within the team that make me feel posi­tive that even if we may be starting a little late, we will hit the road running.”

Servia will test with the team at IndyCar’s official preseason test in two weeks, at Barber Motorsports Park March 17-18. His four consecutive races include Long Beach on April 13, Barber on April 27, the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 10 and the Indianapolis 500 May 25.

From a car count standpoint, that officially brings the Indianapolis 500 number up to 26 confirmed car-engine combinations.

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.”