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Program gives Lincoln Tech students chance to work for Arrow McLaren SP

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During five NTT IndyCar Series race weekends this year, the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP team will have an additional member on its pit crew.

For the fourth consecutive year, Lincoln Tech will serve as the official technical school of Arrow McLaren SP, allowing for five students to serve as pit crew members in 2020.

“It’s one thing to put your logo on a race car; it’s another thing to become more engaged with the partner,” Lincoln Tech senior vice president of marketing Peter Tahinos said. “What they offered us and is an essential part of our partnership is what we refer to as the Mentorship Program, which allows our automotive, engineering and diesel students the opportunity to work as part of the team for a race weekend.”

During race weekends, Mentorship Program students will have the opportunity to attend team meetings, meet drivers Oliver Askew and Patricio O’Ward, run tires, assist with basic car prep and maintenance and shadow front end crew member Cole Jagger (a graduate of Lincoln Tech’s Indianapolis campus).

Students in the Indianapolis campus’ computerized manufacturing program have been assisting the team by machining components for their race cars.

“Through our extended partnership with Lincoln Tech we are able to stay one step ahead of our competitors, not only through Lincoln Tech’s manufacturing resource but, most importantly, as a talent pipeline,” Arrow McLaren SP Managing Director Taylor Kiel said.  “Our close proximity to the Indianapolis campus has provided us an opportunity to engage their students and resources in creative and meaningful ways which have positively impacted our organization on and off track.  I’m also proud to say that through our partnership, we have hired multiple Lincoln Tech graduates that are contributing members of our race-winning organization and we look forward to identifying the next one.”  

Lincoln Tech Mentorship Program students will join AMSP in the races at Long Beach, Circuit of Americas, the IndyCar Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, both rounds of the doubleheader weekend at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park and Road America.

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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.”