Power refusing to give up in IndyCar title defense

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Will Power is refusing to give up in his defense of the Verizon IndyCar Series title despite sitting fifth in the championship standings with three races to go.

Power’s bid for a second title has dwindled in the past six races as he has scored just two top ten finishes whilst retiring on three occasions.

The Australian driver heads into this weekend’s race at Mid-Ohio trailing championship leader and Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya by 55 points, but remains upbeat.

“I really enjoy racing at Mid-Ohio,” Power said. “It’s another one of those beautiful road courses that uses the natural terrain really well. It’s a fast, technical circuit that requires a lot of attention to detail in terms of the setup.

“There has certainly been no lack for speed in the No. 1 Verizon Chevy this year, so I see no reason why we can’t be fighting for the win. We’ll have to put our heads down and push hard all weekend.”

Power has finished second at Mid-Ohio twice in the past, but is now focusing on claiming his first race win at the road course to set up a late surge for the championship.

“I would really love to get a win at Mid-Ohio,” Power said. “It’s something I haven’t been able to do yet in my career and it would set us up well for the run to the end of the year at Sonoma.

“These final three tracks are all places where I know we can run well and allow us to make a championship push.”

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.”