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Chip Ganassi Racing names Kyle LeDuc as second Extreme E driver

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Chip Ganassi Racing completed its Extreme E driver lineup, hiring off-road champion Kyle LeDuc to its team.

Ganassi hired Sara Price last month as the first driver in the environmentally conscious series, which will race 550-horsepower electric SUVs next year around the world in five locations threatened by climate change.

LeDuc, 38, has won multiple titles in short course off-road series.

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The series will consist of eight teams (including Ganassi and Andretti Autosport), and each will have a male and female driver who will trade  stints in the events.

Here’s the release on Ganassi hiring Extreme E driver Kyle LeDuc:

14 July, London: Extreme E is delighted to announce Chip Ganassi Racing is the first team to complete its driver lineup for the series with the signing of Prolite World Champion and six-time Pro-4 Short Course Off-Road Champion Kyle LeDuc, who will race alongside Sara Price.

LeDuc, 38, started his career racing downhill mountain bikes with his brother. He later followed in his father’s footsteps in building his own off-road cars, is a true champion with an astonishing record of 101 victories and six Pro-4 Championship wins.

At the age of 20, LeDuc, nicknamed “The Kid”, was the youngest active driver in off-road racing. He the 2003 Prolite World Champion at Crandon International Raceway then Prolite Champion the following year. LeDuc’s successes quickly moved him up from 2-wheel drive to 4-wheel drive as he entered the Pro-4 category in 2008 and took his first win in his first year.

Since 2008, LeDuc has won six Pro-4 Championships in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS), with his first in 2012 and completing the 2019 season with his most recent championship win. These titles became the norm for LeDuc as he continued to achieve a career-total of three LOORRS Challenge Cup wins, two Pro-4 World Championships, and two LOORRS Driver of the Year titles.

LeDuc has also competed in several Trophy Truck races with great success. He won the 2016 Baja 1000 where he qualified first and started first on the road and finished fifth in his first ever attempted Trophy Truck race. LeDuc has the mind of an engineer and builds his own race vehicles from the ground up.

LeDuc and Off road Truck Champion and X Games Medallist Price will team up to race the ODESSEY 21, a 550-horsepower electric SUV, in extreme environments around the world that have been damaged or affected by climate and environmental issues. This partnership highlights a world first in motorsport. Extreme E is the only championship to stipulate teams have to field both a male and female driver promoting gender equality and a level playing field amongst competitors.

Extreme E’s five-race global voyage, spanning four continents, will highlight the impact of climate change and human activity on some of the world’s most remote locations. It also will promote sustainability and the adoption of electric vehicles to help protect the planet.

Kyle LeDuc, Driver, Chip Ganassi Racing said: “I am beyond excited to announce that I will be driving in the Extreme E series for Chip Ganassi Racing. Not only do I get to drive these fully electric 4-wheel drive cars around the world, but I get to do it for the man himself, the biggest team in motorsports, Chip Ganassi Racing.

“I was born and raised around racing with my family and to see the desire and determination in Chip and the entire team to be successful and win in this newly developed form of motorsports has given me the drive to bring victories to this program. The 2021 Extreme E series is going to be groundbreaking and we are going in with the goal of victory!

“I’m looking forward to working with my teammate, Sara Price. Some of the unprecedented features of this new series will be splitting these races 50/50 and racing worldwide in climate-affected areas. This is a huge opportunity for all involved and we cannot wait to get this thing started!”

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO at Extreme E commented: “Congratulations to all at Chip Ganassi Racing for completing their driver line-up and a big welcome to the Extreme E family Kyle.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing both Sara and Kyle race, they’re both super successful in their motorsport endeavours and have already achieved so much. I’m sure they’ll be bringing this determination and skill to the Extreme E paddock.”

Mike Hull, Managing Director, Chip Ganassi Racing added: “We are really excited about Kyle joining our team and being a teammate to Sara in Extreme E. Kyle is a really quality off-road all-terrain driver. Presently, Kyle has 101 victories in off-road racing. He is a true champion, a race winner, and understands how to drive in all terrains. He will have a positive effect, not only behind the wheel but also with our team with his experience. We are looking forward to him joining Chip Ganassi Racing!”

IMSA results, points, stats package after Sunday at Road America

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Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor delivered Team Penske’s first victory this season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, winning at Road America from the pole position Sunday and moving up to sixth in points after finishing no better than seventh in the first three races this season.

The Team Penske No. 7 Acura DPi led a race-high 48  of 63 laps, including the final four after Castroneves seized a restart to take first from Renger van der Zande, who finished second with Ryan Briscoe in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi.

Other class winners at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course were the No. 81 ORECA LMP2 07 of Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley in LMP2, the No. 3 Corvette C8.R of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor in GTLM and the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3 of Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo in GTD.

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Here are the race stats, points and results from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America:


RESULTS: Click here for the overall finishing order and here for the class breakdown.

POINTS: In the DPi standings, the No. 10 Cadillac of Briscoe and van der Zande leads by six points (124-118) over the No. 5 Cadillac of Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais.

The No. 3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor leads the GTLM standings with 130 points, 10 more than the No. 912 Porsche of Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor.

In GTD, the No. 12 Lexus of Bell and Montecalvo moved into the lead by four points (121-117) over AIM Vasser Sullivan teammates Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz in the No. 14 Lexus.

The No. 38 of Performance Tech Motorsport leads in LMP2.

Click here for the points standings for drivers and teams after Road America.

STATS PACKAGE FOR ROAD AMERICA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Leader sequence

Lap chart

Race analysis by lap

NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT classes will race Aug. 21-22 at Virginia International Raceway.