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Photo gallery: IndyCar iRacing Challenge action from COTA

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VIRTUAL AUSTIN, Texas — It was another beautiful Saturday afternoon drive deep in the heart of Texas.

The fifth round of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge unfolded Saturday at virtual Circuit of The Americas and featured a surprise winner.

Lando Norris of Formula One’s McLaren team won in his series debut, rebounding from an early spin in the race. Teammate Pato O’Ward finished second, followed by Felix Rosenqvist, who spun while leading with four laps remaining.

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The six-race series will head to the May 2 finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Courtesy of Getty Images’ Chris Graythen, here are a collection of computer-generated screenshots from the AutoNation IndyCar Challenge at Circuit of The Americas:

Lando Norris celebrates after winning the IndyCar Auto Nation iRacing Challenge at virtual Circuit of The Americas (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Pato O’Ward finished second to teammate Lando Norris (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Will Power leads a pack of cars up the hill into Turn 1 at virtual Circuit of The Americas (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Cars race past the iconic observation deck in the infield of virtual Circuit of The Americas (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Lando Norris, who races for McLaren in Formula One, started on pole and led the most laps in his victory at virtual Circuit of The Americas (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Max Chilton’s No. 59 was painted a sporty blue for Carlin (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Felix Rosenqvist was leading with four laps remaining when he lost control of the lead to Lando Norris (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Lando Norris leads aside the red, white and blue curbing that is famous at virtual Circuit of The Americas (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

It wasn’t a win for James Hinchcliffe, but his car did make it off the grid Saturday at virtual Circuit of The Americas (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Lando Norris leaves the field with a great jump on the start of the IndyCar Auto Nation iRacing Challenge at virtual Circuit of The Americas (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Conor Daly struggled with a damaged front wing before his first pit stop but still kept everyone entertained on his Twitch channel (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

An overheat of the virtual Circuit of The Americas layout during the IndyCar Auto Nation iRacing Challenge (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Another postrace shot of Lando Norris, who seems to have mastered the American racing victory celebration (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Graham Rahal said he was ready to return to real-world racing, but his No. 15 Dallara-Honda still looked sharp Saturday (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

 

With his debut victory at virtual Circuit of The Americas, Lando Norris has qualified for the finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedwday and said he might return to the IndyCar iRacing Challenge (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

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.”