IMSA: Two TUDOR teams invited to next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans

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Earlier today, the organizing body of the 24 Hours of Le Mans revealed its list of automatic team invites for next year’s running of the world’s most famous sports car event.

10 teams representing 13 possible entries were listed by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, including two teams from the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Wayne Taylor Racing, a Prototype team in the TUDOR Series, was given one Le Mans invitation in the LMP2 category and Scuderia Corsa (GT Daytona in TUDOR) was given one invitation as well for the GTE-Am category.

Single invitations were also given to three 2014 Le Mans winners – Audi Sport Team Joest in LMP1, Jota Sport in LMP2, Aston Martin Racing in GTE-Am – as well as LMP2 squads OAK Racing Team Total (Asian Le Mans Series) and Signatech Alpine (European Le Mans Series).

2014 Le Mans GTE-Pro class winners AF Corse were one of three teams to score two invitations to next year’s race. One of AF Corse’s invitations is for GTE-Pro and the other could be another Pro entry or a GTE-Am entry.

Also getting two invitations were SMP Racing (European Le Mans Series; one in GTE-Am and another in either Pro or Am) and Team AAI (Asian Le Mans Series; both in GTE-Am).

WTR’s normal Corvette Daytona Prototype (pictured) is ineligible to compete in Le Mans, so the team is hoping to finalize an LMP2 run at the 24-hour classic now that they have the invite.

“I’m working on putting a program together to do it,” team owner Wayne Taylor said on the subject per Sportscar365’s John Dagys. “We got the offer and it’s always difficult to get an entry to Le Mans. But it’s still in the very early planning stages.”

Taylor notes in SC365’s report that the potential program would use WTR crew but also European-based resources as well. No chassis or engine decisions have been made at this early juncture, but team regular Ricky Taylor would be one of the drivers.

Wayne Taylor himself is a past champion of Le Mans, taking the LMP1 class title in 1998 with co-drivers Fermin Velez and Eric van de Poele. He is hopeful that all the pieces can come together and his squad can compete at the fabled Circuit de la Sarthe next June.

“It would be fantastic if we could return to Le Mans,” he said. “When I won Le Mans in 1998, it was with the entire team, so this would be great. Everybody loves to go to Le Mans.”

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.”