IndyCar: Kanaan, Pagenaud featured in lifestyle elements

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It’s not that often drivers from the Verizon IndyCar Series get featured in lifestyle elements beyond racing publications and websites, but two of the series’ drivers have upcoming elements to promote.

First up, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan is on the cover an upcoming issue of Pattern Indy magazine.

Kanaan, driver of the No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, had his cover released earlier Tuesday (linked below). Kanaan’s fitness regimen has been well-documented over the length of his IndyCar career, dating to his rookie season in 1998, and this feature is expected to look at Kanaan’s performance output off the track as well as his on-track accolades.

Meanwhile Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud is the honorary chairman for May’s Rev Indy event, a party highlighting Indianapolis’ food culture. Pagenaud and others involved with the event completed a photoshoot a couple weeks ago. More information on that is linked here via the Indianapolis Star. (behind the scenes)

Both drivers competed in the Rolex 24 at Daytona to end the month of January. Kanaan won overall co-driving the No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford, while Pagenaud was part of the lineup that finished third in the GT Le Mans class, co-driving the No. 4 Corvette C7.R.

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.”