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#MRTI: 2016 Silly Season Update 1

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Here’s a look at where things sit in the respective Mazda Road to Indy series – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda – for a look at what could be their grids in the 2016 seasons.

There’s plenty more cars and teams that will be announced in the new year, but here’s who is set for the time being going into the Christmas holiday.

Indy Lights

CONFIRMED
Juncos Racing – Zachary Claman Demelo, Kyle Kaiser
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports – R.C. Enerson
Andretti Autosport – Shelby Blackstock, Dalton Kellett
Carlin – Ed Jones
Belardi Auto Racing – Zach Veach (at least start of year, goal for full season)
Pelfrey – Two cars, drivers TBD

Additional testers include:
Juncos Racing – Jose Gutierrez
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports – Santiago Urrutia, James French (confirmed for Road America), Heamin Choi
McCormack Racing – Davey Hamilton Jr.

Pro Mazda

CONFIRMED
Juncos Racing – Will Owen, Nicolas Dapero, Jake Parsons, Garett Grist

Additional testers include:
Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing – Nico Jamin
M1 Racing – Max Hanratty, James Dayson, Tristan DeGrand, Jay Horak
World Speed Motorsports – Bobby Eberle
JDC Motorsports – Kevin Davis
Team Pelfrey – Pato O’Ward, Henrique Baptista, Aaron Telitz

USF2000

CONFIRMED
Team Pelfrey – Robert Megennis, Jordan Cane
Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing – Parker Thompson
RJB Motorsports – Michai Stephens, Clint McMahan
Pabst Racing – Garth Rickards
JAY Motorsports – Driver TBA
ArmsUp Motorsports – Drivers TBA

Additional testers include:
Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing – Nikita Lastochkin, TJ Fischer, Rinus Van Kalmthout
Swan Racing – Max Mallinen
Afterburner Autosport – Trenton Estep, Kyle Kirkwood, Sting Ray Robb, Rinus Van Kalmthout, Dakota Dickerson, Oliver Askew, Chase Owen
JDC Motorsports – Cameron Hill, Tazio Ottis
Pabst Racing – Aaron Telitz, Yufeng Luo
JCR Motorsports – Andres Gutierrez
Team Pelfrey – Chase Pelletier, TJ Fischer

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.”