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Ayla Agren’s USF2000 program confirmed with Cummiskey

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Ayla Agren will return to the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series for a second season, and will join John Cummiskey Racing.

Like two of her other Team Pelfrey teammates from 2015, Agren is switching teams for 2016 (Nikita Lastochkin from Pelfrey to Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing, and Garth Rickards from Pelfrey to Pabst Racing. Luke Gabin is yet to finalize his 2016 plans).

The full release is below:

Norwegian racecar driver Ayla Agren today announced she will be back on the Mazda Road to Indy Ladder for the 2016 season. The talented 22 year-old will be competing with John Cummiskey Racing in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered By Mazda.

“I am thrilled to have been given another chance to compete on the Verizon IndyCar Series ladder.” commented an enthusiastic Ayla. “Last year was a big learning experience with lots of ups and downs, and I am excited to put the experience to good use with John’s [Cummiskey] team” commented Ayla.

Agren, who won the 2014 F1600 Championship Series title, will be entering her fifth season of US racing after making the switch from European karting to the US open wheel racing scene in 2011.

Ayla’s new team owner, John Cummiskey, is thrilled to have the sole female driver on the Mazda Road to Indy in one of his cars for the 2016 season.

“I’m very happy to have Ayla race with us in 2016,” said Cummiskey. “She’s a past champion and race winner so she knows how to win and we’re looking forward to getting her on the podium in USF2000. She has faced many of these competitors before and knows how to get the job done. 2016 will be our best year yet on the Mazda Road to Indy as we have a full season under us already.”

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.”