Carl Edwards leads final Sprint Cup practice, Keselowski up to speed, Danica 5th-fastest

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JOLIET, Il. – Brad Keselowski can cancel the APB (All-Points Bulletin): he found the speed he’s been missing this weekend.

The 2012 Sprint Cup champ was second-fastest in the final Cup practice session Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway, covering the 1.5-mile track at 186.335 mph.

Carl Edwards was the fastest at 186.413.

Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano struggled in Friday’s practice, recording the 25th- and 28th-fastest speeds of all 43 drivers on-track.

Things didn’t improve much in Saturday morning’s practice, as Keselowski was 20th-fastest and Logano was 25th-fastest.

But that wasn’t the case for Keselowski in happy hour.

However, Logano is still mired in a quest for more speed, as he managed to record just the 18th-fastest speed in the final practice (184.451 mph).

As for the rest of the field in Saturday’s last session, Sprint Cup rookie Kyle Larson was third-fastest (185.918), followed by Jimmie Johnson (185.835).

Danica Patrick was the biggest surprise of the session, recording the fifth-fastest speed at 185.618 mph, followed by Kasey Kahne (185.312), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (185.300), Matt Kenseth (185.293), Kurt Busch (185.160) and Paul Menard (185.147).

Menard was the fastest in Saturday’s earlier practice.

Other notables in the final practice session included:

* Jeff Gordon was 12th-fastest (184.862), followed by Kevin Harvick (184.723).

* Kyle Busch was 15th-fastest (184.679).

* Several other Chase drivers struggled to get up to speed: Greg Biffle (17th, 184.489), Aric Almirola (20th, 184.388), Denny Hamlin (21st, 184.181), Ryan Newman (22nd, 184.037), A.J. Allmendinger (24th, 183.830) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (26th, (182.673).

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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.”