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Jordan Taylor likens ‘The Penske Boys’ as IMSA’s new ‘Backstreet Boys’: ‘They’re so hot right now’

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There’s always been a good-natured competitive rivalry between brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor, particularly when they raced together on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series for their father and Wayne Taylor Racing.

But ever since Ricky joined the new Acura Team Penske squad for 2018, the sibling rivalry has ratcheted up markedly.

We’re not sure if it’s jealousy, envy or what, but the Taylor boys are having a fun time of good-naturedly dissing each other, particularly on social media.

Here’s the latest installment of Brother, Oh, Brother! Jordan takes a humorous swipe at Team Penske’s two sports car teams, using the theme of the Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody” as a musical backdrop.

Who knows, maybe if this whole sports car thing doesn’t work out, the Penske Boys (PSB) might try their luck as the next boy band — uh, err, make that big boy band. After all, the elder statesman of the group, Helio Castroneves, has rhythm, having won Dancing With the Stars once and almost twice. He’d be a great Kevin Richardson from BSB.

Dane Cameron would be Brian Littrell. Ricky Taylor would make a good Nick Carter because he’s young and could become a female heartthrob.

Juan Pablo Montoya would be A.J. McLean, because the latter is the bad boy of the group. And Graham Rahal would be Howie Dorough, the sometimes-quiet Backstreet Boy.

And for good measure, since we just ran out of Backstreet Boys, we’ll have Simon Pagenaud be the Justin Timberlake of N’SYNC.

Here’s Jordan Taylor’s homage to BSB and PSB.

 

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.”