Munnings & Hansen Join Andretti United Extreme E

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Catie Munnings has joined the Andretti United Extreme E program. (Red Bull Photo)
Catie Munnings has joined the Andretti United Extreme E program. (Red Bull Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS – Andretti United Extreme E have confirmed Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as the team’s first drivers for the inaugural season of Extreme E competition.

Munnings and Hansen will race together in the five-race global voyage, which highlights the impact of climate change on some of the world’s most fragile ecosystems and promotes the adoption of electric vehicles to help preserve the environment and protect the planet.

Munnings is an up-and-coming British rally driver who started competing from a young age. In 2016 and at 18 years old she won the European Rally Championship Ladies trophy. In 2017 and 2018, she claimed a series of stage class victories while also forging a successful TV career as the host of CBeebies show, Catie’s Amazing Machines. In 2020 she made her debut in the World Rally Championship.

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E – what a pairing,” Munnings said. “There’s so much history and experience within the team, so I think it’s going to make a very formidable partnership. I’m really proud to be part of this and very grateful for the opportunity to work together and learn from the huge amount of experience the team will carry into this completely new championship.”

Timmy Hansen will join Catie Munnings as part of the Andretti United Extreme E racing program in 2021. (Red Bull Photo)
Timmy Hansen will join Catie Munnings as part of the Andretti United Extreme E racing program in 2021. (Red Bull Photo)

Hansen began his motorsport career in karting and circuit racing before switching his focus to rallycross from 2012. After finishing third overall and winning Rookie of the Year in the 2013 European Rallycross Championship, the following year Hansen made the step up to the FIA World Rallycross Championship, taking his maiden win in Italy before finishing fourth in the standings.

More wins came for the Swede in the following years, including finishing runner-up in the World RX in 2015 with Team Peugeot, with Hansen taking the Team World Championship title. He finished sixth in the 2018 championship and in 2019, he recorded four wins, clinching both the drivers and teams title, alongside his brother and teammate, Kevin Hansen.

“Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about,” Hansen said. “It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something we’ve never seen before.”