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Bourdais, HYDROXYCUT officially confirmed at KVSH Racing

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Sebastien Bourdais and HYDROXYCUT have been officially confirmed Saturday morning to return for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, with KVSH Racing.

Although the confirmation was expected for months, there had been a delay in the process.

The confirmation sees the four-time Champ Car World Series champion and three-time race winner with KVSH Racing, including twice last year (Detroit race two and Milwaukee), return to KVSH Racing for his third season.

Team co-owner Jimmy Vasser confirmed it’s just a one-year extension for Bourdais through 2016.

The full team release is below:

KVSH Racing announced today that Hydroxycut will be the co-primary sponsor of the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry. 

“Having Hydroxycut, a world class brand that’s been chosen by millions, back on board with us is a huge piece of the puzzle,” said KVSH Racing co-owner James “Sulli” Sullivan. “I believe we are positioned for a banner year with the Hydroxycut Machine.”

The team also confirmed that four-time series champion Sebastien Bourdais will pilot the Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing entry for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

“I am extremely pleased to confirm that Sebastien Bourdais will return to drive for KVSH Racing in 2016,” said co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven. “Sebastien is a proven champion and has shown over the last two years that he capable of competing and beating the best in the IndyCar series. We look forward to continuing to progress as a team and working to produce more championships.”

Co-owner Jimmy Vasser said, “I am very pleased and proud to say that we have Sebastien Bourdais back the KVSH Racing car. I have raced against him and worked as his strategist the last two years. I can say without a doubt that he is an exceptional driver and a true champion. We look forward to winning a lot more races and challenging the championship in 2016.”

Bourdais will be contesting his 11th IndyCar season and third with KVSH Racing. He is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004 -2007 in Champ Car) tying him for second in all-time championships with Mario Andretti and Dario Franchitti. The 37-year-old from Le Mans, France, has made 147 career IndyCar starts earning 34 wins and 33 poles tying him for seventh all-time in both categories.

Bourdais is coming off his best season since returning to IndyCar competition in 2011 following a two-year stint in Formula One (2008-2009) and a season running sports cars. He won two races in 2015 (Detroit Race 2 and Milwaukee) finishing 10th for the second consecutive season. In 2014, his first season with KVSH, he won Toronto Race 1 from the pole, his first IndyCar victory and pole since 2007, and took the pole at Mid-Ohio.

“I want to thank Kevin Kalkhoven, Jimmy Vasser and Sulli for the opportunity to continue competing for KVSH Racing,” said Bourdais. “I also want to thank Hydroxycut for their continued support. In the last two years we’ve captured poles, won races, and the HYDROXYCUT machine has certainly become a fan favorite. We just need to keep working hard if we are going to compete consistently at the highest level and contend for a championship.”

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.”