IMSA reschedules Petit Le Mans, Mid-Ohio, Laguna due to coronavirus

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Three events in the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship were moved to new dates Tuesday because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Acura Sports Car Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio, which originally was scheduled for the weekend of May 1-3, now will run on the weekend of Sept. 25-27.

Next, the Monterey Sports Car Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca will move up a week to Sept. 4-6. The race originally was scheduled for Sept. 11-13 but was changed to accommodate IMSA competitors planning to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which was moved to Sept. 19-20.

Lastly, the Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta has been moved back a week to Oct. 14-17 from Oct. 7-10.

Road Atlanta originally was scheduled as the IMSA season finale, but the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring now holds that honor. IMSA announced the Sebring weekend would be rescheduled to Nov. 11-14 on March 12.

All IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge events that were scheduled to accommodate all four races also will be rescheduled to the new weekends. Previously purchased tickets for all four events also will be valid at all new dates.

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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.”