WEC: Tristan Vautier joins the field for first two rounds

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Former Indy Lights champion and IndyCar rookie-of-the-year Tristan Vautier will make his FIA World Endurance Championship debut at Silverstone as part of the Team SARD-Morand effort in LMP2.

Vautier will share the No. 43 Morgan EVO SARD with Oliver Webb and Pierre Ragues at Silverstone and Spa, the first two rounds of the season.

The team’s new third driver from the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be the one who emerges victorious from the Race to 24 interactive online reality competition.

“It is an honor to join Team SARD-Morand for these two events and to compete in my very first FIA WEC races,” Vautier said in a release. “I would like to thank Benoit and his partners for this opportunity. With Oliver and Pierre we have a very good lineup and and I am looking forward to starting work with the whole team.”

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.”