A typical test for the Verizon IndyCar Series at Road America ahead of next week’s Kohler Grand Prix has got a genuine surprise developing in the final couple hours of available testing.
Brad Keselowski, the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, is set to undertake a quick shakedown in Simon Pagenaud’s No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet.
Keselowski was on site earlier today and in the last half hour, the team posted several tweets indicating they might feel free to give him a whirl behind the car. So, the implication is here this was in the works because this wouldn’t have been decided today.
Just before 4 p.m., he looked set to do so, and then did.
“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.”
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.”