Report: NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Adam Arana to leave sport to serve with U.S. Coast Guard

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For some people, reaching the pro ranks of the NHRA is their calling.

But Adam Arana, in only his second year of competition in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle, has an even higher – and noble – calling.

In a story Saturday by veteran drag racing writer Susan Wade on, Arana announced that he will leave the drag racing world at the end of this season to serve in the United States Coast Guard.

The son of veteran PSM racer Hector Arana and brother of budding two-wheel star Hector Jr., Adam is currently studying business at Indiana University Southeast.

While serving his country is a worthy task, the 23-year-old Arana will leave just when he’s starting to hit his stride atop his Buell motorcycle.

He earned his second career No. 1 qualifying effort a few weeks ago at Maple Grove (Pa.) Raceway.

He’ll start Sunday’s NHRA Toyota Nationals in the ninth qualifying spot.

As a rookie in 2013, Arana was runner-up in a race at Epping, N.H., and was also top qualifier at the Denver race.

He also qualified for the Countdown to the Championship, finishing the season 10th in the final standings.

Arana reports for Coast Guard training on Jan. 6, 2015, at Cape May, New Jersey.

Sunday will be his next-to-last NHRA race – at least for the foreseeable future. He will also compete in the season-ending finals at Pomona, Calif., Nov. 12-15.

“My main goal is to have fun,” Arana told Wade. “I only have two races left in my Pro Stock Motorcycle career. I normally have fun out here, but I really want to try to have as much fun as I possibly can.”

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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.”