Reports: IndyCar’s testing plans for Road America, updates for road course

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The announcement last month that the Verizon IndyCar Series will bring open-wheel racing back to Road America in 2016 means the series should test at the 4-mile track soon, in addition to updates to the facility itself.

Outgoing IndyCar president of competition Derrick Walker told that instead of a series coordinated test, any testing at the track would worked out between the teams themselves.

Racer says some teams will test at the Elkhart Lake, Wisc. track on Sept. 22 and others will a week later on the 28th.

A report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has information on what updates to expect for the track when IndyCar arrives for the race, the weekend of June 23-26, 2016.

Track president George Bruggenthies said in addition to safety improvements to accommodate IndyCar, Road America will also be giving victory lane a face lift, making it “a little more fan friendly.”

Bruggenthies also said there will be a new retail center and an expansion of a path that opened up viewing areas on the back side of Road America.

The Road America board of directors is also considering the expansion of the trail on the inside of the track from the Carousel toward Canada Corner,  section of the track that had minimal access during the track’s first 60 years.

“We essentially have to add material and build a bridge because it’s such a steep angle,” Bruggenthies said. “But that was the goal, to go all the way around to (Turn) 13…. We know the fans like it, so we’re going to continue to improve it maybe with terrace seating along some areas, and they’re going to see if we can get to 13.”

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.”