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Words don’t cover Power’s desire to win an Indy 500 for Penske

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MOORESVILLE, North Carolina – Will Power doesn’t need pep talks from Roger Penske about how much winning the Indianapolis 500 means to Team Penske.

Words would fail anyway in conveying the passion that Power has seen from his normally reserved car owner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“He just loves that race,” Power said during a recent tour of team headquarters. “He’s not like that with any other race.

“His reaction when he’s on the pit stand. You can see the emotions when one of his cars passes for the lead. He was brought there as a little kid for his first introduction to racing.”

While Penske has missed only a handful of Indy 500s since attending his first as a 14-year-old in 1951, Power’s history at the Brickyard is much shorter. The Australian will be making his ninth start in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, and he has been showing promise of a breakthrough.

Last year, he finished second to teammate Juan Pablo Montoya and led a career-best 23 laps – the third straight Indy 500 he’d been in first. Power, 35, also has made eight consecutive starts in the top 10 at Indy, including sixth for this Sunday’s race.

It’s no wonder that in this momentous year – the 50th season for Team Penske and the 100th running of the Indy 500 – Power has allowed himself to dream about drinking milk.

“This one for Roger … ” Power said, pausing as if he briefly were overcome with giddiness. “God, I hope I’m the one (to win). It would be huge for him, absolutely.”

But it also would be significant for the 2014 IndyCar champion, who has come to appreciate the race’s magnitude.

“I’ve won the championship, a lot of races, (and) this is the box you tick,” he said. “You feel really happy if you win it. It’d be something you’d never forget, honestly.”

Which is why his team owner, who already has a record 16 Indy 500 wins, lets the scene speak for itself rather than deliver stirring speeches about what another victory there would mean.

“It’s not necessary,” Power said. “The amount of work and effort put in, everyone understands.

“Believe me, if you win it, you’ve got a job for life.”

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.”