NASCAR: Hall of Fame inductee Wendell Scott to be honored next month at M’Ville

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Sprint Cup squad Front Row Motorsports and Camping World Truck Series squad Kyle Busch Motorsports have revealed special paint schemes and number changes to honor NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Wendell Scott during the NASCAR weekend at Martinsville Speedway from Oct. 24-26.

Scott, who passed away in 1990 and was the first African-American to win a NASCAR premier series race, is part of the HoF’s Class of 2015. He’ll be inducted alongside Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Joe Weatherly, and Rex White.

David Ragan’s No. 34 FRM Ford Fusion will take on a throwback blue and white paint scheme reminiscent of the car that Scott won in on Dec. 1, 1963 (Jacksonville, Florida). That win was Scott’s first premier series triumph.

You can see the resemblance between Scott’s original No. 34 and the No. 34 that Ragan will drive next month:

“It’s going to be cool to honor Wendell Scott at his home track with his family,” Ragan said in a statement. “I got to drive a tribute scheme for Ned Jarrett a while back, and it’s a tribute to the history of our sport that I get to honor Mr. Scott as an inductee, the last driver to win in the No. 34 before I did [Talladega 2013].

“I’m a fan of our sport’s history and have a real appreciation for it, so it’s special to be able to bring that paint scheme back for a weekend.”

Additionally, Darrell Wallace Jr. will flip the number of his Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra from No. 54 to No. 34 in honor of Scott. Last year at Martinsville, Wallace became the first African-American to win a NASCAR national series event since Scott.

“I got my first win at Martinsville and the historical significance of that win and to be so close to Wendell Scott’s hometown was a really cool bonus to getting my first win,” Wallace said. “The Scott family has followed my career since I ran the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program for Rev Racing and I’ve kept a relationship with the family over the years.

“Thanks to Joe Gibbs Racing, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota and NASCAR for allowing me to run the No. 34 at Martinsville. I’m pumped to get back there and hope to get another victory.”

The release also states that members of Scott’s family will be in attendance during the Martinsville weekend and take part in question-and-answer sessions for fans.

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.”