WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA breaks down Sprint’s decision at 5 p.m. ET

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The future of NASCAR has taken a potentially major turn this afternoon as Sprint, the title sponsor of the sport’s top-level Cup Series, has announced that it will not renew its backing after the current contract’s expiration in 2016.

NASCAR AMERICA will discuss the impact of Sprint’s decision in a live episode today at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN. If you can’t watch on TV, then STREAM IT online and on your mobile device through NBC Sports Live Extra.

Also on tap for today’s show:

  • Former Sprint Cup crew chief Steve Letarte makes his first in-person appearance on NASCAR AMERICA to discuss life outside of the garage and revisit last month’s season finale at Homestead, which was his final race atop the pit box.
  • And following the debut of Jerry Bonkowski’s NBC SportsWorld piece on blind NHRA crew chief Jay Blake, the gang will talk to their own crew chief, Frank Stoddard, about the challenges and triumphs of a man who has a vision, but no sight.

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Again, CLICK HERE at 5 p.m. ET to watch NASCAR AMERICA.

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.”