2016 NHRA season in review: Pro Stock driver Vincent Nobile

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MotorSportsTalk continues its season-ending reviews of the top drivers of the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

From Dec. 12 through Jan. 4, we’ll feature one daily in-depth review of a driver that finished in the top-five in each of the four professional classes (Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle), as well as a compendium of select other drivers that did not finish in the top-five.

The list of drivers we’ve already posted is below. Today, we feature Pro Stock driver Vincent Nobile:

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Driver: Vincent Nobile

Age: 25

Hometown: Melville, New York

Team: Elite Motorsports

Sponsor/car: Mountain View Tire Chevy Camaro

Crew chief: John Nobile/Nick Mitsos

2016 season finish: Fifth in Pro Stock.

2016 season statistics: 24 races, 1 win, 2 runner-up, 5 semifinals, 11 quarterfinals. No. 1 qualifier 3 times. Round-by-round record: 31 wins, 23 losses.

Career statistics: 145 races, 10 wins, 10 runner-up, 31 semifinals, 50 quarterfinals. No. 1 qualifier 7 times. Round-by-round record: 182 wins, 131 losses. 4 DNQ.

What went right in 2016: After earning three runner-up finishes – but zero wins – in 2015 – Nobile finally got back on the winning track in 2016 for the first time since 2014 with his triumph at Reading during the Countdown to the Championship. … Ironically, Nobile was the top-performing driver for Elite Motorsports: two-time (2014-2015) Pro Stock champ Erica Enders failed to win even one race, while five-time PS champ Jeg Coughlin also went winless in 2016. Enders finished ninth and Coughlin 10th in the Pro Stock final standings.

What went wrong in 2016: Nobile struggled to get past the quarterfinals in nearly half of the season’s 24 races, being stopped 11 times. Had he been able to reach more semifinals or runner-up finishes, he potentially could have finished even higher in the rankings.

What to look for in 2017: At 25, Nobile is both a savvy veteran and one of the most promising young drivers in the sport. He’s been in the Pro Stock ranks since 2010, when he was just 19. He’s finished in the top-10 in each of the last six seasons. If anyone is to give 2016 Pro Stock winner Jason Line and runner-up Greg Anderson the biggest battle in 2017, it’s likely to be Nobile.

Season reviews already posted:

— Antron Brown (12/12)

— Ron Capps (12/13)

— Jason Line (12/14)

Jerry Savoie (12/15)

Doug Kalitta (12/16)

Tommy Johnson Jr. (12/17)

Greg Anderson (12/18)

Eddie Krawiec (12/19)

Steve Torrence (12/20)

— Matt Hagan (12/21)

— Shane Gray (12/22)

— Andrew Hines (12/23)

— J.R. Todd (12/24)

— John Force (12/25)

— Bo Butner (12/26)

— Angelle Sampey (12/27)

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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.”