IndyCar: Marco Andretti is both paying it forward, and set for another number change

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With Conor Daly testing next week at Sebring for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Daly took the opportunity to thank a friend and potential on-track rival who assisted in the opportunity.

Daly noted how Marco Andretti helped to pitch in so Daly could pay for his first Verizon IndyCar Series test in nearly two years. See a message from Daly posted on Twitter, below:

Andretti, meanwhile, has another number in mind: 27.

The Nazareth, Pa. native is set to switch from 25, which he has had the last two seasons, after carrying the No. 26 from 2006 through 2012.

“#27in15” Andretti posted on Twitter on Friday, before posting another image of his car’s rear wing with that new number to Instagram.

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The Andretti Autosport team more or less confirmed the switch to 27 on Friday, as well.

From a numerology standpoint, this means Andretti will take on James Hinchcliffe’s old number of 27, with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Carlos Munoz set to retain their 2014 numbers of 28 and 34, respectively.

It leaves open Andretti Autosport’s Nos. 25 and 26 for a fourth and/or possible fifth entry, that are still in the process of being finalized.

Justin Wilson has been mentioned as a possibility for the seat and/or seats; 2014 F1 drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Kevin Magnussen were tossed out within the last couple months; Zach Veach is keen on a program after two years with the team in Indy Lights and German Daniel Abt is the only driver in this group who has actually tested for the team this winter. Vergne has raced the last two FIA Formula E events for Andretti’s team, and has also been confirmed as a test driver for Ferrari in the last month or so.

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.”