NASCAR: Former Truck Series champ Mike Skinner sets Goodwood record (VIDEO)

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Inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and former Sprint Cup veteran Mike Skinner was among a healthy NASCAR contingent that visited last weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

But he wasn’t there just to take in the festivities. Skinner, a former teammate of seven-time Cup champion Dale Earnhardt Sr., claimed victory in the Festival’s Early Rally Cars division of competition.

Driving one of his former No. 5 Toyota Tundras, Skinner blitzed Goodwood’s 1.16-mile Hillclimb course in 50.75 seconds to break Rusty Wallace’s old mark and win the day.

“I love participating in the Goodwood Festival of Speed,” Skinner said in a statement. “It’s such an iconic event that brings the best drivers and cars from all forms of motorsports together.

“It’s a great atmosphere to be a part of, and it meant a lot to me to be able to come out here with our 10-year-old truck and break the record time. We had so many friends and family members behind this effort, so it’s really cool to represent all of them in a winning way.”

Upon the end of his winning run, Skinner also showcased his burnout skills to the appreciative crowds at Goodwood:

“Even though we went over there and were competing, we worked very closely with Danny Lawrence and the Richard Childress Racing guys,” Skinner continued. “We all helped each other–even with the Michael Waltrip Racing and the Richard Petty Motorsports efforts.

“We had four Daytona 500 winners represented, and The King, Richard Petty, was there–it was just really cool. It’s such a neat event, there’s just one big thing after another for three days of competition; it’s like the Kentucky Derby of auto enthusiasts.”

For more Goodwood fun, check out Kerry Earnhardt driving his father Dale Sr.’s No. 3 and this dazzling assortment of classic F1 and sports cars.

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.”