LED scoring panels debut in practice at Mid-Ohio (VIDEO)

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IndyCar’s new LED scoring panels made their debut during practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio ahead of this Sunday’s race.

Following testing earlier in the year, the new LED panels have been attached to every to aid fans and spotters in keeping track of where each car is running.

The panels are fitted to either side of the car’s airbox and display its running position in real time. When a car is in the pits, it displays a running clock, and will flash green reading “PP” when the driver is using push-to-pass.

Initial feedback at Mid-Ohio has been very positive, with Dale Coyne Racing strategist Michael Cannon sharing his thoughts on Friday.

“For the show, I think it’s beneficial,” Cannon said in a release. “From a team perspective, we just look at it being more weight on the car and go: ‘Oh, great, just what we needed.’

“You get some places like Indy – 500 miles, people on different strategies, etc. – sometimes it gets a little tricky for people to keep track.

“I know I’ve sat in the grandstands during the Indy 500 and even I have a hard time following it sometimes. I’m a believer in it.”

Cannon’s thoughts were echoed by Lance Fulks, a fan who has attended the race at Mid-Ohio for over a decade.

“I think it’s a really nice addition,” Mr. Fulks said. “Year after year, watching, it was hard to tell who’s leading the race, what position [a car is in] because you can’t see much of the track from any one position.

“You don’t see the passes, that type of thing, so it’s really nice to have [the LED panels]. Even with all the sunlight, it’s easy to see them.”

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.”