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Terry Labonte in for Daytona 500 at FAS Lane/Go Green joint operation

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FAS Lane Racing, which fields the No. 32 Ford Fusion in the Sprint Cup Series, has entered into a joint venture with Go Green Racing and has brought in Terry Labonte to drive for them at the Daytona 500 in February.

Go Green Racing raced with multiple drivers last year in the Nationwide Series, including Jeffrey Earnhardt, the grandson of seven-time Sprint Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

“Frank has a great program here at FAS Lane Racing and we believe that by combining our resources, we can take the program to the next level,” said Archie St. Hilaire, Go Green’s owner.

“It’s been my goal to race in the Sprint Cup Series on a weekly basis and this joint venture makes the most sense for both parties.”

Frank Stoddard, team owner at FAS Lane, said that the partnership with St. Hilaire’s team would allow him to focus on growing the small team on the business side of things.

“I have spread myself too thin with my multiple roles over the past three seasons,” said Stoddard. “We will both be able to work harder with our existing sponsors as well as the many new ones we look forward to working with.”

As for Labonte, the two-time Cup champion was one of four drivers that helped the No. 32 finish 37th in Cup owner’s points this past season. Labonte himself ran five races in the car with a top finish of 19th at Daytona in the Coke Zero 400.

He, along with the other drivers that will compete in the No. 32 (which will be revealed in the coming weeks according to the team), will have Dan Stillman as crew chief.

Stillman served in the same capacity this past season for driver German Quiroga and Red Horse Racing in the Camping World Truck Series.

Status targets 2016 GP2 title after GP3 exit

2015 GP2 Series Round 8.
Autodromo di Monza, Italy.
Sunday 6 September 2015.
Marlon Stockinger (PHL, Status Grand Prix) 
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Status Grand Prix has set its sights on winning the 2016 GP2 Series championship following its decision to close down its GP3 team at the end of the current season.

Earlier this week, GP3 issued a statement confirming its team roster for the next three seasons that featured new entries from DAMS and Virtuosi Racing.

However, both Carlin and Status did not appear on the list, signalling that both had opted to leave GP3 at the end of 2015.

Status first entered GP3 back in 2010, but only set up a GP2 team in 2015 after taking over the old Caterham Racing operation.

This will now become the main focus for the Irish outfit, though, as explained by team boss Teddy Yip Jr. earlier this week.

“Status Grand Prix has not renewed entry into the GP3 Series from 2016 onwards in order to maximize focus on our GP2 campaign,” Yip said.

“Having finished second in the team championship in the inaugural GP3 Series, we have enjoyed six successful years in the category collecting nine race wins, 26 podium finishes and vying for numerous team and driver titles.

“We are very proud to have given opportunities and achieved success with drivers such as Robert Wickens, Antonio Felix da Costa, Alexander Sims and our current GP2 race winner, Richie Stanaway.

“We now look forward to finishing the 2015 GP2 and GP3 seasons on a high before mounting a robust GP2 title campaign in 2016.”

Both GP2 and GP3 return from a one-month break next weekend in support of the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix.

Hakkinen: Verstappen is already “a real pro”

during a media interview at the Shanghai Grand Theatre prior to the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards on April 15, 2015 in Shanghai, China.
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Two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen has heaped praise upon Toro Rosso rookie Max Verstappen, supporting his decision to ignore team orders during last month’s Singapore Grand Prix.

Verstappen only turned 18 on Wednesday, but has already made a big impression on the F1 world during his first 14 races with his aggressive driving style and mature approach to racing.

In Singapore, Verstappen was told by Toro Rosso to let faster teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. go past, but refused to give up his position and eventually beat the Spaniard to finish eighth.

Writing in his Hermes blog, Hakkinen backed Verstappen’s decision to stay ahead and praised the Dutchman for his performances so far this season.

“A driver must be alert and keep track of what is happening around him at all times,” Hakkinen wrote. “That’s what Verstappen is. He does not simply let anyone pass if it’s not for the world championship, but only a few championship points.

“Verstappen is 18 years old, but the guy’s already a real pro. Young people are developing incredibly fast nowadays, and by that I don’t mean just drivers.”

Despite having more than half a season of F1 racing under his belt, Verstappen only gained his road driver’s license on his 18th birthday, having previously been under the age limit to drive a regular car in public.