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Senna open to future IndyCar road and street course deal

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Bruno Senna is open to a future drive in the Verizon IndyCar Series for road and street courses, saying he would “totally do it”.

The nephew of racing icon Ayrton Senna, Bruno has spent the past two years balancing drives in Formula E and sportscars, having previously enjoyed a stint in Formula 1 with Williams, Lotus and HRT.

During a Facebook Live Q&A for Formula E, Senna expressed an interest in a future IndyCar drive, but said he would not race on ovals due to the wishes of his family following Ayrton’s death during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

“Yes, I always think about IndyCar, it’s something I would love to race,” Senna said.

“But I would not race ovals in a single-seater because the risk is high. It’s not a personal thing only, but also my family.

“I cannot put my family through that sort of stress again of having a big crash that will damage me or kill me. I think it’s agreed in my family that I’m not suppose to race that.

“If I got a deal to race only the street courses, I would totally do it.”

Senna raced for Mahindra in the first two seasons of Formula E, but is not set to return to the team for the third campaign, set to begin in Hong Kong on October 9.

However, the Brazilian is relaxed about his plans, saying he could take a year away from Formula E before returning for season four.

“The answer is we don’t know yet,” Senna said when asked if he would be returning.

“I’m pretty relaxed at the moment. I have good racing programmes going on for next year.

“I hope I can continue in Formula E next year, but if I don’t do it next year, there’s nothing stopping me coming back the year after. So let’s wait and see.”

Senna is set to take on more sportscar duties for 2017, including further drives with McLaren’s GT operation and even a seat in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

“I am already organising to drive for McLaren next season,” Senna said.

“I’ll do more races for them. This year I’ve only done the 24 Hours of Spa.

“This year LMP2 is going really well for us, we’re doing the World Endurance Championship and we’re second in the championship, so we’re fighting for the championship until the end, and the plan is to continue with that as well.

“There are plans to race in the US as well with the prototypes, so racing is going very well and so far the plans are that. We’ll see what happens with Formula E.”

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.”