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Rosenqvist, Telitz, Lewis bag Sunday St. Pete wins

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – This is the “there were other races but I’ve typed a ton today so I’ll get to fuller breakouts later” post from the rest of the day’s races on the streets of St. Petersburg.

Felix Rosenqvist (Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, pictured) and Aaron Telitz (Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires) atoned from Saturday disappointment to secure their first wins in their respective series, in the last two races in the six-race Mazda Road to Indy weekend.

Rosenqvist drove the No. 14 Belardi Auto Racing Dallara IL-15 Mazda, while Telitz drove the No. 82 Team Pelfrey entry.

Rosenqvist beat Kyle Kaiser and Zach Veach in Indy Lights; Telitz led a Pelfrey podium sweep ahead of Pato O’Ward and Weiron Tan.

Meanwhile Michael Lewis emerged at the head of a caution-strewn second Pirelli World Challenge GT race for his second overall win in as many days. Martin Fuentes (GTA) and Sloan Urry (GT Cup) also repeated class wins.

On another World Challenge note, Jack Roush Jr. also swept the weekend in GTS with his second win in class there.

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.”