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CJ Wilson Racing makes two key partner announcements

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CJ Wilson Racing continues to expand its footprint beyond just its pair of Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsports in IMSA’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, with a pair of announcements that have come out in the last week.

First up, the team announced the 2016 CJ Wilson Racing Cayman Cup for Forza Motorsport 6. It’s a 10-race virtual series featuring the 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS, presented by Logitech G, and run in partnership with The Online Racing Association (TORA). The full release with more information is linked here.

Meanwhile ahead of this weekend’s third round of the Continental Tire Challenge season, the No. 35 Cayman GT4 driven by Tyler McQuarrie and Till Bechtolsheimer will feature a new livery and new partner, in the form of Safecraft Safety Equipment. That full release is linked here.

For Northern California native McQuarrie, this becomes the fifth different category of motorsport that he has competed in this season with Safecraft and it will be the fourth different discipline in as many weeks – we’ll have more on McQuarrie’s crazy 2016 campaign in a separate post later this week on MotorSportsTalk. New Balance also remains a key partner on the team’s car.

Marc Miller and Daniel Burkett seek their first win in the No. 33 ONE Capital/Motor Oil Matters Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport this weekend; the pair finished third to kick off their year at Daytona.

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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.”