Ganassi set to honor heroes at Indy Honor Flight event this weekend

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Cool news from Chip Ganassi Racing, as the team will pay tribute to World War II veterans at an Indy Honor Flight fundraiser this weekend. Further details are below from the team’s release:

Chip Ganassi Racing Teams will serve as the host of the second annual Indy Honor Flight fundraiser at the Indianapolis-based shop on Saturday, February 28, from 2 to 7 p.m.

The fundraiser will feature autograph sessions with current Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, and Charlie Kimball, as well as NHRA Top Fuel driver Richie Crampton. Visitors will also be invited to take a tour of the CGRT shop, enjoy the sounds of the “Indianapolis 500” Gordon Pipers, participate in live and silent auctions, and meet over 30 WWII veterans.

Indy Honor Flight exists to provide free transportation to America’s aging veterans so that they may visit the memorials that stand in their honor at our nation’s capital. Most of these brave men and women are not able to make such a trip on their own. For more information about the Indy Honor Flight organization, please visit their website at www.indyhonorflight.org.

Dixon and Kanaan will have autograph sessions from 2 to 3 p.m., with Kimball and Crampton from 3 to 4 p.m.

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.”