IndyCar: Kanaan wins Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am charity kart race (VIDEO)

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More than a dozen former or current IndyCar drivers competed in today’s Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am charity kart race at the New Castle (Ind.) Motorsports Park.

In the end, Tony Kanaan – a former teammate and good friend of the late two-time Indianapolis 500 champion – held off a charging James Hinchcliffe to earn his second straight win in the event, which benefits Alzheimer’s research. Scott Dixon, another former teammate and friend of Wheldon’s, finished in third position.

Per NBCSN’s Robin Miller, other IndyCar pros past and present that competed today included: Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter, Ryan Briscoe, Josef Newgarden, Sebastian Saavedra, J.R. Hildebrand, Sage Karam, Conor Daly, Jay Howard, and P.J. Chesson.

Also in attendance today were Wheldon’s widow, Susie; his sister, Holly, and his two young sons, Sebastian and Oliver. Five-year-old Sebastian led the field on the pace lap in his kart, and Holly also competed in the race as well.

For more on the special day, check out the feature from tonight’s NBC Nightly News in the clip above.

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.”