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Will Power enjoys trouble-free track return at private Barber test

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Will Power enjoyed a trouble-free return to the track earlier this week in a solo day-long test at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

Power was forced to miss the opening round of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season in St. Petersburg after experiencing nausea over the weekend and failing the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT) test with concussion-like symptoms.

However, after undergoing tests at Miami University Hospital, Power was found to have shown no definitive signs of concussion and was cleared to drive again.

Ahead of next weekend’s race at Phoenix International Raceway, Power took part on a one-day test at Barber on Tuesday which went according to plan.

“It felt good, really good,” Power told indycar.com, adding that he had “no problem” returning to the no. 12 Penske car in which he completed almost 90 laps.

“It was basically a combination of getting back in the car with the race coming up, too. It all helps out. I know this track like the back of my hand.”

Power conceded that it was difficult to learn too much from the private test without any other cars to compare with, but appreciated the track time.

“You like competition there so you can judge where you are at,” Power said.

“It’s way more beneficial to test when the other cars are here. You have a measure how to tell exactly where you need to be.

“I’m afraid you can’t really change much [on the car]. You’ve just got a combination of things, trying a few items my engineer wanting to get to and getting laps under our belt.”

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.”