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World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series halts its spring tour of California

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With California under a statewide stay-at-home order issued by Gov Gavin Newsom for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series has postponed or canceled the remainder of the spring races in that state.

The schedule adjustment will result in the cancellation of races at Merced (California) Speedway, Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, California, and a two-day show at the Stockton (California) Dirt Track. These races originally were scheduled to run from April 10-18.

The next race on the Outlaw Sprint Car Series calendar is a two-day show at Vado (New Mexico) Speedway Park on April 24-25.

The series and tracks currently are working to reschedule as many postponed races as possible.

Several shows originally postponed are now official cancellations. These include races at Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas, and USA Raceway in Tucson, Arizona. The races at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona, and Perris (California) Auto Speedway also have been canceled.

The series currently is working to reschedule races at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, at Santa Maria Raceway in Nipoma, California, and at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California.

Those with tickets to canceled events have received a credit to their accounts for the face value of the tickets, and they will have 24 months to use the credit for future World of Outlaws events.

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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.”