Sebring Notes: Gue in at Rolex winners CORE, Cosmo in at Whelen

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After winning in the Prototype Challenge category at the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, CORE Autosport will have three-fourths of its Daytona lineup intact for this weekend’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.

The team has announced that James Gue will return as co-driver alongside CORE regular Colin Braun and team owner Jon Bennett in their No. 54 ORECA FLM09. Bennett and Braun collaborated with Mark Wilkins (the fourth driver in its 2014 Rolex lineup) to finish fifth last year at Sebring.

“I think having one race under your belt heading into Sebring helps, especially for someone like myself who is new to the team,” Gue said in a release. “Spending more time with the team allows you develop better working relationships with the co-drivers, mechanics and engineers, which only helps the team chemistry.

“I think everyone on the team is a little more settled and prepared coming off the longest race of the year. I am really excited to get back to the track and try and pick up where we left off at Daytona.”

After making its Prototype debut at the Rolex, Whelen Motorsports is heading on to Sebring with a solid veteran fill-in to its lineup in Guy Cosmo. The American driver is subbing for Max Papis, who will not be racing this weekend due to a scheduling conflict.

At the Rolex, Cosmo finished sixth in the GTD category for Level 5 Motorsports, which will not be present for Sebring. As a result, he’s aligned himself with the Whelen stable and regulars Eric Curran and Boris Said for the famed 12-hour event.

“[Team owner] Ted [Marsh] has always put a great effort behind anything he races and I think the team did a great job to keep fighting to the finish at Daytona,” Cosmo said, referencing the team’s 10th place finish in P class. “Eric and Boris are great guys and I’m happy to be part of such a strong line up.

“Sebring is a tough track and with nearly 70 cars, this is going to be a very tough race. But the team learned a lot at the test and hopefully we can be there for the finish.”

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.”