Briscoe expected to continue in SPM car for balance of IndyCar season post-Toronto

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LE MANS, France – The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team hasn’t confirmed it officially, but it is likely that Ryan Briscoe will be in the No. 5 Arrow/Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Honda for the final six races of the Verizon IndyCar Series season, after he misses this weekend’s upcoming Honda Indy in Toronto.

Conor Daly will fill in for Briscoe while he races this week with Corvette Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. So Briscoe would race at Auto Club Speedway on June 27 through to the season finale in Sonoma August 30, unless James Hinchcliffe is cleared and ready to go at some point.

Briscoe has partnered with Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia in the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup rounds of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, and thus far opened the year with wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Briscoe confirmed talks with the SPM team, and formal confirmation should come shortly.

“Yeah we’ve talked. It’s definitely the plan to be finishing out the year with those guys,” Briscoe told MotorSportsTalk during scrutineering at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The news would undoubtedly be unfortunate for Daly, who like Briscoe has also impressed while filling in for the injured Hinchcliffe.

Hinchcliffe has not yet been issued a timetable of when he may be able to return to the cockpit following his injuries sustained in practice for the Indianapolis 500. We may know more on Wednesday, when a conference call with the “Mayor of Hinchtown” is scheduled.

As for Briscoe, he expanded on his Texas drive earlier today.

“Yeah I mean it was a tough race. It was all about who would suffer the least (on tires), and I didn’t quite have enough for the top four guys,” he said.

“But we were better than a lot of good cars out there. We moved our way up into the top four or five at one point. We got beaten by the Andretti boys on fuel strategy; a bit frustrating because we were better than those guys. But it was a really good race for us.”

It was also a good weekend for Briscoe, who got to see his family in Austin on the same weekend as the X Games were taking place there. His wife, Nicole, was working the event.

Briscoe had originally planned to stay in Europe from the Le Mans Test Day through to race week, but a training program in Italy was scrapped so Briscoe could go back to Texas.

“I’d rather be in Texas,” he said.

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.”