Drivers can’t have a lead foot on pit road if they hope to win Chase

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Remember the old Sammy Hagar song, “I Can’t Drive 55”?

That’s kind of the same situation with a number of Sprint Cup drivers when it comes to being on pit road.

According to NASCAR’s crack team of statisticians – and not exactly surprising – there’s a number of drivers with lead feet when they’re on pit road.

Surprisingly, Travis Kvapil has the heaviest foot on pit road, having been whistled for speeding a series-leading five times thus far in 2014.

You have to wonder if NASCAR officials haven’t asked Kvapil a time or two, “Where’s the fire at, Travis?”

Dave Blaney and David Ragan also have been whistled for speeding infractions four times, along with Chase drivers Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch.

The only other Chase driver who has been caught multiple times is Kevin Harvick, who’s been guilty of the violation three times thus far this season.

Non-Chase drivers that have also been caught speeding thrice each are Kyle Larson, Casey Mears, Tony Stewart, Brian Vickers, Michael Annett, Reed Sorenson and Joe Nemechek.

Courtesy of Dustin Long of MRN.com, here’s a list of how many Chase drivers have been caught exceeding the pit road speed limits thus far in 2014:

Four times: Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson

Three times: Kevin Harvick

Twice: Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski

Once: AJ Allmendinger, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman

Zero: Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards

Long also makes a very important point:

“A penalty could prove devastating to a team’s title hopes. No driver has won a Cup race after being penalized for speeding on pit road since Matt Kenseth did so Aug. 2013 at Bristol.”

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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.”