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Helio Castroneves to be inducted into Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame

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Don’t be surprised if Helio Castroneves utters “Well, howdy parciero” next month.

Parciero is Portuguese for “partner,” and the Brazilian native will feel a lot of love deep in the heart of Texas when he’s inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame at Texas Motor Speedway’s Grand Ballroom of The Speedway Club on Saturday, November 3.

The former IndyCar star, now competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship circuit, will be the 21st member to be inducted into the Hall.

Castroneves will be inducted along with former NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, marking the first dual induction into the Hall since 2008 when NASCAR great Bobby Labonte and Speedway Motorsports Inc. patriarch Bruton Smith were inducted together.

The induction will take place during the NASCAR AAA Texas 500 playoff tripleheader at the 1.5-mile track on the northern edge of Fort Worth.

Castroneves is the most dominant IndyCar driver in TMS history. He owns track records for most wins (4), top 10s (15), top fives (11) and laps led (506) over the course of his record 20 career starts. He also recorded one pole position.

Edwards is also a four-time winner at TMS in NASCAR Cup competition, including his last career Cup triumph in November 2016. He also earned two NASCAR Xfinity Series wins at TMS, as well.

NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs, as well as NASCAR Cup driver Kevin Harvick and NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Christopher Bell will also be honored during the induction luncheon:

* Gibbs will receive the Bruton Smith Legend Award for his leadership in his role as a championship-winning team owner.

* Harvick will be honored with the 2017 Racer of the Year award after a strong fourth-place finish in April (2017) and a drought-ending victory last fall.

* Bell, who won the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship, will receive the Sportsmanship Award.

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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.”