UPDATED: Rain washes out Truck and Cup qualifying, tonight’s Truck race iffy at Chicagoland Speedway

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UPDATE No. 2 (6 pm ET): Friday’s qualifying for Sunday’s MyAFibStory.com 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race has also been washed out by rain. With Kyle Busch being fastest in the early afternoon practice session earlier in the day, he will start Sunday’s race from the pole. Ryan Newman will start on the outside pole.

“Practice went well for us,” Busch said. “Our guys got us to where we needed to be. … TRD made some improvements for this weekend’s race. There’s a lot of things that need to happen in the race Sunday for us to get off to a good start and carry for the next 10 weeks.”

UPDATE (4:30 pm ET): Qualifying for tonight’s Camping World Truck Series has been cancelled due to rain. The starting lineup will be set based upon Thursday’s practice session. Also at this time, it’s looking more doubtful that the Sprint Cup qualifying session scheduled for 6:45 pm ET will take place, which could prompt NASCAR to set the field for Sunday’s race off Friday’s sole practice session. Kyle Busch was fastest in that session.

ORIGINAL STORY:

JOLIET, Ill. — NASCAR officials are muttering a very nasty four-letter word here at Chicagoland Speedway: R-A-I-N.

Shortly after Friday afternoon’s Sprint Cup practice session ended, a misty drizzle descended upon the 1.5-mile track, located about 50 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.

The drizzle is a definite threat to not only this afternoon’s qualifying sessions for the Sprint Cup Series, as well as for the Camping World Truck Series race which is scheduled for later tonight. Truck qualifying was scheduled to go off at 3:15 pm ET, but it’s delayed indefinitely at this writing.

Cup qualifying is slated for 6:45 pm ET, about an hour before the green flag is scheduled to drop for the Lucas Oil 225 Truck race.

Unfortunately, the drizzle is a sign of things to come: a large front of storms is approaching the Chicago area. The front stretches back more than 150 miles to west of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. And there’s another front behind that which extends to past Ford Dodge in the upper-middle part of the state.

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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.”