Jimmie Johnson leads halfway in FedEx 400 at Dover

Leave a comment

Kyle Busch’s bid to earn a second weekend sweep in his career ended early in what has been a very strange first half of Sunday’s FedEx 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway.

Jimmie Johnson led at the halfway point, 200 of the scheduled 400 laps. Johnson led 80 of the first 200 laps and is seeking his second consecutive win of the season, having won last Sunday in Charlotte at the Coca-Cola 600.

Jeff Gordon was running second, followed by Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin.

The race was redflagged for more than a half hour on Lap 160 to repair a chunk of concrete that broke loose from the surface in Turn 2.

The loose piece of concrete damaged the front end of Jamie McMurray’s car, and pieces that bounced off McMurray’s car flew up in the air as well and cracked some of the glass panels in the pedestrian crossover bridge above Turn 2. No injuries were reported in that incident.

Click here for the rest of all that happened earlier in the race.

Follow me @JerryBonkowski

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

Extreme E drivers Andretti
Extreme E
Leave a comment

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.”