IndyCar qualifying draws some NASCAR stars to watch, including Dale Jr.

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The NASCAR fraternity races at Pocono Raceway twice a year. But with tonight’s Irwin Tools Night Race not until later this evening, some of the Sprint Cup field has taken the opportunity to watch qualifying from Pocono for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Included among them? One Dale Earnhardt Jr., who then wound up in a GIF-off with the @IndyCar Twitter account.

Upon seeing the “Amish” beard currently sported by James Hinchcliffe – who is sidelined until the end of this season after his accident at Indianapolis, Earnhardt Jr. had this to say:

And as to whether Dale Jr. would entertain driving an IndyCar, as hinted at above? See his exchange below with fellow Chevrolet driver Josef Newgarden. Graham Rahal, Dario Franchitti and IMS President Doug Boles also chimed in.

But Dale Jr. wasn’t alone. Brad Keselowski also chimed in:

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.”