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IMSA: WeatherTech practice, CTSC qualifying in books at Road America

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – With schedule activity and IMSA’s future platform plans outlined on Friday, track activity at Road America took a backseat at the 4.014-mile permanent road course.

Ozz Negri in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda set the fastest lap time of the day in the two IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice sessions, with a best time of 1:55.747.

“We tried a couple of big changes. It just shows the strength of the Michael Shank Racing team,” Negri said. “We went on the right path and made the right changes. We just keep getting better and better. We’re fighters. I think the car is pretty good and has good potential. It’s only practice but it builds the confidence of the team and that’s what we need. I’m happy with the way it’s going.”

The No. 55 Mazda Prototype led the morning practice.

The No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller was fastest on the day in GTLM.

Times are below:

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Meanwhile, Scott Maxwell took another Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge pole in the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Shelby GT350R-C (GS), while Andy Lee won the ST class pole in the No. 22 Kris Wright Racing with Goldcrest Motorsports Porsche Cayman.

“It feels really good today, because I didn’t expect it. We struggled the last few days, but we made some changes late, late before qualifying and the car was quite good. I drove a good lap. Some of my poles this year, I haven’t been overly pleased with my lap, but today I really, I think, maxed out the car and the car was really strong. It bodes well for tomorrow,” Maxwell said.

“The race isn’t over, obviously. Qualifying is just the first step, but it feels good. It puts us in a good place psychologically, but we know what we’re up against tomorrow and it’ll be a long 2 ½ hours for sure.”

Qualifying times are below:

CTSC QUALIFYING

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.”