Ryan Briscoe (No. 5 Arrow/Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Honda), Pippa Mann (No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda) and Tristan Vautier (No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda) will complete the lineup to the 23-car field for this weekend’s Firestone 600, Round 9 of the Verizon IndyCar Series season, their teams have confirmed on Tuesday.
Briscoe and Mann will each be making their second starts of the season, after making their first start with their respective teams in the Indianapolis 500.
In Briscoe’s case, he’ll be returning to the U.S. from Le Mans, where he tested this past weekend for Corvette Racing in anticipation of his second 24 Hours of Le Mans start.
He’ll be one of the team’s Corvette C7.Rs in the GTE-Pro class, and will head back to Europe after completing the race on Saturday night. Conor Daly is the frontrunner to be back in the No. 5 car at Toronto, while Briscoe competes at Le Mans June 13-14.
Mann will switch from the No. 63 Susan G. Komen-backed entry into the No. 18; she follows Carlos Huertas, Rocky Moran Jr., Conor Daly, Rodolfo Gonzalez, and Vautier as drivers of that car this season.
Vautier, meanwhile will be in for his third straight weekend with Coyne, for his fourth race start. Vautier is coming off an impressive fourth place finish in Detroit this past weekend.
“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.”
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.”