Brembo, INDYCAR extend brakes partnership for fifth year

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Brembo will keep putting the brakes on the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2016.

The company and INDYCAR officials announced Wednesday that Brembo will return for a fifth consecutive season as the exclusive supplier of race car brakes for the open-wheel competition series.

Brembo kicks off its fifth year as brakes supplier to INDYCAR for this weekend’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Brembo has adjusted the braking needs for this year’s race cars to the new aero kids found on Hondas and Chevrolets.

“The aerodynamic kits introduced last season by Chevrolet and Honda showed marginal gains in downforce,” Brembo president/CEO Dan Sandberg, president said in a media release. “Brembo North America and drivers are taking full advantage of Brembo’s brake systems by braking deeper, and by getting back on the throttle sooner.”

Brembo has been stopping Indy cars since 1989, when its brakes were first used by Bobby Rahal in the CART series. The company spent the next two-plus decades providing brakes to other teams, as well, before it become the exclusive brake supplier to INDYCAR in 2012.

Brembo has also been a force in the Formula One world, dating back to 1975. Since then, it has earned 21 Drivers’ and 25 Manufacturers’ championships in F1, has been on the winning cars in 24 of the last 27 years in the 24 Hours Of Le Mans, 25 of the last 28 years in MotoGP and the last four years in INDYCAR.

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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.”