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Juncos confirms Kyle Kaiser to return for second season in Indy Lights

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Juncos Racing will have Kyle Kaiser back for a second season in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the team confirmed Thursday.

It’s Kaiser’s third straight year with the team, as he also competed in Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires in 2014.

Kaiser recorded two podiums and seven top-five finishes in his first season in Indy Lights, finishing sixth in the points.

“I’m excited to return for another year of Indy Lights with Juncos Racing,” Kaiser said in a release. “The chemistry and team synergy we’ve developed over the past two seasons, combined with their work ethic, passion, and dedication will be a huge advantage going into next year.

“I am very confident in the team’s ability to provide me with a car to win races and defend their title during my sophomore season.”

Kaiser is the fifth driver officially confirmed for 2016, and he’ll have a new teammate at Juncos Racing with Spencer Pigot graduating into the Verizon IndyCar Series next year for at least a three-race program with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Here’s a breakdown, below:

CONFIRMED DRIVERS/TEAMS

  • Juncos Racing – Kyle Kaiser
  • Schmidt Peterson Motorsports – RC Enerson, Ethan Ringel
  • Carlin – Ed Jones
  • Andretti Autosport – Dalton Kellett
  • Team Pelfrey – 2 cars TBA

DRIVERS EXPECTED/PLANNING/RUMORED TO RETURN

  • Santiago Urrutia, Pro Mazda champion (has tested with SPM)
  • Zach Veach (has tested with Belardi Auto Racing)
  • Shelby Blackstock (has tested with Andretti Autosport)
  • Juan Piedrahita
  • Felix Serralles
  • Scott Anderson
  • Sean Rayhall

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.”