NASCAR: John Wes Townley out of tomorrow’s Truck race after ARCA crash

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver John Wes Townley will not compete in tomorrow’s Pocono Mountains 150 after crashing in ARCA qualifying earlier today at Pocono Raceway.

Townley was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation after his incident in Turn 2, but was later released. However, his official Twitter account confirmed that he would be held out of competition for the next week:

A NASCAR.com report says that Townley will be evaluated by a neurologist this week in hopes that he’ll be cleared to race in next weekend’s ARCA event at Berlin Raceway and the Truck Series’ next event in two weeks’ time at Michigan International Speedway.

Prior to running in ARCA qualifying, Townley had posted the seventh-fastest lap in today’s first Camping World Truck Series practice session.

Because of his crash, Townley’s No. 05 Athenian Motorsports team did not take part in the second Truck practice and NASCAR.com adds that they haven’t decided if they’ll field a truck for tomorrow’s race.

Through 10 races this season, Townley is 10th in Camping World Truck Series points with two Top-5 and three Top-10 finishes.

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.”