Report: Cleveland out for 2016 IndyCar schedule, still possible for future


Hopes of Cleveland’s wide, memorable Burke Lakefront Airport returning to the schedule for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series remain just that: hopes.

While Cleveland wasn’t mentioned by name during last week’s teleconference featuring Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles, fans and drivers do hold out hope the circuit could one day return to the schedule.

According to an article from the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, that return could be in 2017.

“That hope, at least for 2016, has now come and gone. But make no mistake, unlike the past, a return to Cleveland is beyond idle talk,” Elton Alexander of the Plain-Dealer wrote.

Alexander also spoke to Miles earlier this year, and got Miles to say “we want to be back.” The next year, 2017, was cited as the earliest possible year.

As ever, higher sanctioning fees and a tighter window of available summer dates were cited for the reason why Cleveland has not yet returned to a North American open-wheel schedule.

If all parties could come together for an agreement for 2017, it would mark 10 years since the most recent Cleveland race. Paul Tracy won that day in what was his final open-wheel victory.

And hey, LeBron came back to Cleveland, so reunions aren’t impossible. And Cleveland isn’t Detroit, as this most memorable YouTube video recalls.

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.”