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Olympic swimmer Lilly King to pilot pace car for Saturday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix

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Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Lilly King will pilot the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car to lead the field to green in Saturday’s fifth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

A junior at Indiana University, the Evansville, Ind., native captured two gold medals – the 100-meter breaststroke and as a member of Team USA’s 4×100 medley relay team – in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

She also holds the world record in the 50-meter and 100-meter breaststroke and is an eight-time gold medal winner in the FINA World championships.

“I’m super-excited to be able to drive the Pace Car for the INDYCAR Grand Prix,” King said. “As a homegrown Hoosier, there is nothing cooler than being able to drive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!”

In addition to all the gold medals she has won in her career, King is also the reigning three-time NCAA champ in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke, is a three-time All American swimmer and is a three-time Big Ten Swimmer of the Year.

She’s also quick in the books, as well, having earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in her sophomore and junior years.

“As a world-class athlete with a passion for competition, it will be great to have Lilly experience what it’s like to lead the field of the best IndyCar drivers from around the world across the famed Yard of Bricks,” said Campbell, vice president of Chevrolet Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.

King will pace the field around the 14-turn, 2.439-mile permanent road course – which also incorporates part of the legendary 2.5-mile IMS oval, as well.

She’ll have plenty of power at her disposal: The 6.2 liter V-8 motor puts out 460 horsepower, coupled to an eight-speed paddle-shift 8L90 automatic transmission. The ‘Vette can go from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 11.8 seconds.

“Lilly King is one of the greatest athletes ever from the state of Indiana, and we’re honored to welcome her to drive the Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car in the INDYCAR Grand Prix,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president.

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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.”