MRTI: Pigot’s weekend sweep highlights busy weekend for Indy Lights, Pro Mazda, USF2000

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The Mazda Road to Indy had an all-hands on deck weekend in Toronto, with all three of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda having doubleheaders on the street circuit north of the border.

Spencer Pigot swept the Indy Lights races for Juncos Racing. For Pigot, they were his third and fourth wins of the season after also sweeping the Barber doubleheader in April.

Pigot inherited the lead in Saturday’s race one after contact between the then-top two of Nelson Piquet Jr. and RC Enerson, which launched Enerson into a scary-looking accident where the young American mercifully emerged unscathed.

Meanwhile Pigot survived a race in mixed, mostly wet conditions on Sunday, which was shortened to 30 laps.

Florian Latorre and Garett Grist each picked up their first wins of the Pro Mazda season in its two races, with Latorre’s win his first of his Pro Mazda career for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing, and Grist scoring his first with Juncos Racing after winning with Andretti Autosport last year.

Erstwhile dominant USF2000 drivers Jake Eidson and points leader Nico Jamin, two of that series’ top three drivers, split the USF2000 race wins in Toronto.

The top three in Indy Lights remain close heading into the final six races of the season. Jack Harvey still leads the Lights points by 11 over Pigot, with Carlin’s Ed Jones third and 26 in arrears.

In Pro Mazda, Santiago Urrutia holds a 30-point lead over Neil Alberico after the Toronto weekend, with neither having podiumed. Jamin leads Eidson by 16 points in USF2000.

All three series have an upcoming test at Mid-Ohio. Indy Lights tests June 29, Pro Mazda June 29-July 1 and USF2000 June 30-July 1.

Indy Lights’ next race in Milwaukee on July 12 and it has six races to go. Pro Mazda’s next race July 18 in Iowa; it only has five races to go. USF2000 has only five races to go as well, with a triple header at Mid-Ohio its penultimate weekend of action before Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in September.

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.”