NASCAR AMERICA: Jimmie Johnson “hungry” for seventh title in 2015 (VIDEO)

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Jimmie Johnson may have scored four victories in the 2014 Sprint Cup season, but the six-time and 2013 Cup champion was unable to completely recapture the form he had one year ago and was eliminated from the Chase in the Contender Round.

Not having to tend to the champion’s duties this year has given Johnson a bit more sleep during Champion’s Week. That’s a small comfort at best for Johnson, who is raring to get 2015 underway.

However, he’s also taking the opportunity to reflect on how he and his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team have been so dominant over the years.

“[Not winning the title] just makes me hungry to be in that spotlight again,” he told NASCAR AMERICA’s Kelli Stavast before tonight’s Sprint Cup Awards Ceremony. “But it also helps me appreciate what we’ve accomplished. It isn’t easy to win the championship in this sport, and the fact that we’ve won six and have been the one honored is really special to me.

“So today, sitting through the events and the banquet itself, I’m gonna reflect on that stuff. At the same time, I’m happy for [new champion] Kevin [Harvick] and his family. Kevin and I have a long history together that started off at Ron Hornaday’s house, so watching him accept these awards reminds me a lot of the early days and it’s cool to see him up there accepting those.”

For Johnson’s full interview, check out 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.”