IndyCar at Sonoma: Will Power suffers mechanical issue, championship bid likely over

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Will Power’s championship hopes are all but done after experiencing mechanical problems to his car on Lap 38 in Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Power was entering Turn 7 when his car suddenly and dramatically slowed. Among possible causes are a gearbox issue.

Power came into Sunday’s race 44 points behind points leader Simon Pagenaud, who was in the lead when Power suffered his issue.

Power tried to make it around the track to pit road but couldn’t, bringing out a full course caution. Power’s car was ultimately towed to pit road.

To add insult to injury, Power is now tied for second place in points with fellow Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves. Power has returned to the racetrack and is running seven laps back. If he is unable to make up some key positions, he potentially could finish the season third behind Pagenaud and Castroneves.

Power needed to finish fifth or better to have a chance at the championship, but that now appears a moot point.

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.”