Your schedule for NASCAR Champion’s Week in Las Vegas

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News has been scarce around the NASCAR world as of late, but that will change this week as the sport’s biggest stars descend upon Las Vegas for Champion’s Week.

Festivities will begin Tuesday and continue through Friday night, which will see NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick and the rest of the Chasers honored in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at Wynn Las Vegas.

While some of the week’s events are private affairs, many of them will be open to the public.

The LINQ’s Promenade will serve as the major fan hub, but other functions will take place on and near the Las Vegas Strip. Here’s a look at the itinerary:

Tuesday (Dec. 2) – Fans are welcome to watch and participate in the live broadcast of NASCAR Live on MRN Radio from the Wynn Las Vegas’ Race and Sports Book. The broadcast will take place from 4 – 5 p.m. PT (local) and feature Harvick as the special guest…That day will also mark the start of the two-day NASCAR Motorsports Marketing Forum at the Aria Casino – registration is required to attend.

Wednesday (Dec. 3) – Fans can pick up a Pit Pass lanyard at The LINQ Promenade and use it to starting checking in at various Champion’s Week sites from Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. PT. By sharing their check-ins on social media, fans will be eligible to win special prizes. For a list of locations, go here…Fremont Street Experience will host the Champion’s Week FanFest from 2 – 4 p.m. PT, featuring a red carpet walk by the Chase contenders and a new game-show style competition. For details, go here.

Thursday (Dec. 4) – The NMPA Myers Brothers Awards at the Wynn’s Encore Ballroom (11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. PT) will feature the presentation of several team and individual awards…All 16 Chase drivers will parade down the Strip in their race cars and perform burnouts for spectators in NASCAR Victory Lap (3:30 p.m. PT). The route will begin at the Miracle Mile Shops and end at The LINQ Promenade…NASCAR After The Lap – billed as “the ultimate driver tell-all” – is sure to feature some great stories from the Chasers. The sold-out event at the Palms Resort and Casino will be held from 5 – 6:30 p.m. PT and feature a concert from country star Cassadee Pope…All three events will be live-streamed on NASCAR.com.

Friday (Dec. 5) – The NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards will put a exclamation point on a busy week. Red-carpet arrivals will take place from 4 -5 p.m. PT at the Wynn (NASCAR.com will stream from 4:30 – 5 p.m. PT). MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio begin their respective coverage at 8 p.m. ET, while FS1 starts its broadcast of the awards at 9 p.m. ET…The Awards will also include the reveal of this year’s winner of the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. Fans can vote for the winner through Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET at NASCAR.com/award.

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.”