Tony Kanaan leads at halfway point in ABC Supply 500 as Rahal crashes out

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Tony Kanaan currently leads the way in the ABC Supply 500 following an eventful first 100 laps at Pocono Raceway.

In the opening stages, pole-sitter Helio Castroneves dropped back at the start behind Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud, but looked to recover the lead by going longer in his first stint.

However, this decision backfired for Penske when a full course caution was called on lap 29 when Jack Hawksworth lost a wheel, closing the pit lane before Castroneves and Pagenaud could pit.

As a result, the Brazilian was left outside of the top ten once he had pitted, and with a second full course caution soon following after Sebastien Bourdais crashed out, Newgarden appeared to be in control of the race.

Ahead of the second round of stops, Kanaan began to make his charge up the field to seize the lead from Newgarden. He could not keep Castroneves or Pagenaud back after the second pit cycle, though, dropping back down to third.

A third full course caution was called on lap 85 following a clash between Charlie Kimball and Jack Hawksworth on track, prompting all of the drivers out on track to pit. Castroneves managed to retain his advantage off pit road, leading now from Pagenaud and Kanaan upon the restart.

Kanaan managed to storm past Pagenaud and Castroneves to retake the lead when the race returned to green, with Ganassi teammate Sage Karam following his tow up into third place.

However, another caution soon followed when Tristan Vautier and Graham Rahal clashed, sending both drivers into the wall and out of the race in an incident that will have massive implications on the title battle.

With Juan Pablo Montoya running fifth and Scott Dixon in ninth, Rahal looks set to drop back in the standings ahead of next weekend’s season finale at Sonoma.

Head over to NBCSN and Live Extra now for the second half of the ABC Supply 500 from Pocono.

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.”