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Sebring online race features real-world winners from IndyCar and IMSA

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Several big names from the IndyCar and IMSA series have entered the “Sebring SuperSaturday” online event that will be streamed Saturday in a partnership with iRacing.

The 90-minute online race will happen 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday at Sebring International Raceway, which had been scheduled to host the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring this weekend (it’s been postponed to Nov. 11-14 because of the novel coronavirus outbreak).

The single-class race will feature drivers choosing cars from four GTLM options: BMW M8 GTE, Ferrari 488 GTE, Porsche 911 RSR and Ford GT. It will be streamed live on the iRacing eSports Network on YouTube and iRacing’s Twitch channel, with pre- and postrace from the Torque Show on Facebook Live.

Colton Herta, who has driven a BMW for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in the Rolex 24 the past two years, is among the active IndyCar drivers in the race. Also on the entry list are Santino Ferrucci, Dalton Kellett and Sage Karam.

Felipe Nasr, who was among the 2019 winners at the Twelve Hours of Sebring and had been scheduled to make his IndyCar debut last weekend at St. Petersburg, is on the list of prominent IMSA drivers entered in the race.

Mustang Sampling Racing drivers Joao Barbosa and Filipe Albuquerque also are entered in the online race.

“It’s great to keep in touch with the racing community through iRacing,” two-time prototype champion Barbosa, among the first to sign up, said in a release. “That’s as close as it will get for us in the next couple months. It will be fun, but our competitive spirit is always high. It’s great to keep us racing sharp and at the same time have fun and help to spend time at home.”

Here are the car choices for those drivers: Herta, BMW M8 GTE; Ferrucci, BMW M8 GTE; Kellett, TBD; Karam, Porsche 911 RSR; Nasr, BMW M8 GTE; Barbosa, Ferrari 488 GTE; Albuquerque, Porsche 911 RSR.

Some other IndyCar and sports car veterans in the event: Jesse Krohn, Jeff Segal, Gabby Chaves and Tristan Vautier.

There currently 39 drivers in the race. The official entry list will be released Friday with 15 to 20 more drivers to be added.

NBCSN, which has been broadcasting IMSA races since last season, will show a one-hour highlight show of the 2019 Twelve Hours of Sebring at 8 p.m. ET Saturday. It was the closest overall finish in the race’s 67-year history.

IMSA is among many series capitalizing on the layoff from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by turning to iRacing.

NASCAR will begin holding all-star exhibitions with its drivers Sunday, and IndyCar and Formula One drivers are racing on worldwide online platforms, too.

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.”