Porsche throws down the gauntlet for COTA, adds third 911 RSR for TUDOR race

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Porsche North America is bringing in Frederic Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet in a third Porsche 911 RSR (No. 910) for the upcoming TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas next weekend.

Which is basically a message to the rest of the field, “bring it.”

“The fight for the championship in the GTLM class remains exciting to the very end. This speaks volumes for the excellence of this new race series. Even in its first season, the series has enthralled fans with some great motor racing and has fulfilled all expectations,” Porsche’s Head of Motorsport Hartmut Kristen said in a release. “By fielding a third 911 RSR with Porsche North America in Austin we want to maintain our good title chances as leaders of the manufacturer’s classification.”

Porsche currently holds a two-point lead in the TUDOR Championship manufacturer’s standings over Chevrolet, three over Dodge and four over BMW.

And what Porsche has now that the other three manufacturers don’t is two more cars in the factory-driven GTLM class.

With three factory 911s, plus the Falken Tire No. 17 car that enjoyed a breakout second place at Virginia International Raceway last month, Porsche has four cars while each of Chevrolet, Dodge and BMW have two.

Ferrari has only Risi Competizione, with the part-time privateer Krohn Racing entry competing only in the FIA World Endurance Championship portion of the Lone Star Le Mans weekend, and not in the TUDOR Championship race.

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.”