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Coyne confirms Bryan Clauson, Byrd Racing for extra entry at Indy 500

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Conor Daly’s full-season confirmation with Dale Coyne Racing wasn’t the only news Friday for the underdog, veteran team in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Bryan Clauson will attempt to qualify for his third Indianapolis 500 with his third different team. Clauson, who will again run with Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, has now partnered with Coyne for at least the team’s third car at the Indianapolis 500, what will be the No. 88 Honda.

Both announcements were made during the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis.

Clauson drove with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in 2012, and the Byrd partnership was with KV Racing Technology last year; KVRT has now partnered with PIRTEK Team Murray for an extra entry in 2016, to run rookie Matthew Brabham.

Coyne’s second full-season seat is TBA and Motorsport.com’s David Malsher noted it was “very likely” that Coyne team veteran and four-time Indianapolis 500 starter Pippa Mann will also be set to run with Coyne at the race once more, in what could be a fourth car.

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.”