Report of Cole Whitt in for David Ragan at Front Row Motorsports ‘not true’

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Oooops.

Anthony Marlowe, co-owner of BK Racing, on Tuesday night tweeted congratulations to his driver, Cole Whitt, for reportedly joining Front Row Motorsports as driver of the No. 34 Ford in 2015.

That tweet came as quite a surprise because we — and probably most people in NASCAR — had not heard about David Ragan leaving the No. 34, which he’s driven the last three Sprint Cup seasons.

But Wednesday morning, Front Row officials said it was “not true” that it had signed Whitt to replace Ragan, or even for just joining the organization period, according to a story on NASCAR.com.

Marlowe, meanwhile, has not issued any further statements or tweets clarifying or correcting the original tweet from last night.

The 23-year-old Whitt had a trying rookie Sprint Cup season in 2014. He, along with Parker Kligerman, began the year with Swan Racing, which folded less than 10 races into the 36-race schedule.

Marlowe and Whitt then joined BK Racing as co-owner and driver, respectively, and Whitt went on to finish the season 31st. Kligerman, meanwhile, raced sparingly but served as a regular analyst on NBCSN’s NASCAR America.

Ragan was fully expected to return for a fourth season with Front Row Motorsports, and unless something comes out to the contrary in the coming days, will once again drive the No. 34 in 2015 for FRM owner Bob Jenkins.

Ragan is the only driver to have won a Sprint Cup race for FRM, winning at Talladega in May 2013, with teammate David Gilliland finishing a close second.

Ragan had a difficult season in 2014, finishing tied (with Michael Annett) for 32nd in the standings, just one point behind Whitt’s finish. Ragan earned just one top-10 finish (fall, Martinsville).

Gilliland finished 30th in the standings but did not have any top-10 finishes.

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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.”