NASCAR XFINITY, Truck Series to change qualifying, field size, windshield banners for 2015

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NASCAR has announced several changes for the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series 2015 seasons.

Both series will see their qualifying formats brought into line with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Positions 1-33 in XFINITY and 1-27 in Trucks will be determined by their single fastest qualifying lap.

Positions 34-39 in XFINITY and 28-31, for six and four positions, respectively, will then fall to the highest ranked cars/trucks in owner points not already qualified. The last spot, the 40th and 32nd for the two series, will fall to the most recent past champion not already qualified; if all are, another “provisional” spot for someone on owner points will occur.

The top 30 (XFINITY) and 25 (Trucks) had been locked in prior to this change.

If a qualifying session is cancelled because of inclement weather, each series’ field will be set per the rule book with starting lineups determined by practice speeds.

That qualifying breakdown reveals the next change for Trucks: a maximum field reduction from 36 down to 32, starting in 2015. Truck fields have been down in recent years and haven’t hit the 36 capacity that frequently; this change reflects that.

Meanwhile both series will also see drivers’ names plastered across the rear windshields, similar to what NASCAR Sprint Cup does, except theirs are on the front. Placing the drivers’ names on the rear windshields allows for the XFINITY and Camping World logos to continue across the front windshields.

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.”