Couple tough days for dirt racing: Kevin Swindell significantly injured in Iowa; another driver killed in Pennsylvania

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It’s been a couple tough days for the dirt racing community, with one serious and one fatal accident occurring at two of the nation’s most iconic dirt tracks.

Thursday night, sprint car star Kevin Swindell (pictured) was injured in a qualifying heat race for this weekend’s Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Speedway.

Per a USA Today report,Swindell’s car flipped and landed hard on its wheels after tangling with other cars. He was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Kevin Swindell wrote on Twitter after the accident, “Thanks everyone for the love. Long road ahead. Enjoy every minute you got.”

Father Sammy Swindell wrote an update on late Friday night: “Our son Kevin has emerged from surgery & we can confirm he has suffered a significant injury. He has another surgery scheduled for MON AM. We pray for his continued recovery. Thank you to the amazing staff at DesMoines Mercy. We will have an update Monday PM.

Kevin Swindell, 26, is a past Knoxville Nationals and Chili Bowl nationals race winner. He’s also embarked on a handful of NASCAR races in both the Sprint Cup and Xfinity ranks.

As an update, rising sprint car star Rico Abreu – who won this year’s Chili Bowl – will start-and-park tonight.

Meanwhile Friday night there was a fatality at Williams Grove Speedway, with James Campbell Jr. killed in a crash at the Mechanicsburg, Pa. oval.

Per the AP, Campbell was killed upon wall impact on the warm-up laps, and the remainder of the evening’s program was canceled.

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.”