The GP2 Series will have its next preseason test at Bahrain Wednesday through Friday this week, and Conor Daly will be back for a second time with the Venezuela GP Lazarus team, per the Indianapolis Star.
Ideally, not for an encore after a horror smash in Abu Dhabi last week.
The 22-year-old has not been to Bahrain previously despite a jet-setting tour of countries in past open-wheel racing outings in GP3 and the Indian MRF Challenge series.
He’ll again team with Nathaniel Berthon for the test.
Daly won’t be the only one flying the stars and stripes, as so too does Caterham GP2 driver Alexander Rossi. He has been confirmed for his second full season in GP2, and looks to build on winning his first race and ninth in the points a year ago.
Marco Andretti wanted to do something really special to honor the 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario Andretti’s final Indy car win in 1993 at Phoenix International Raceway (now known as ISM Raceway).
So the third-generation Andretti, along with his team, Andretti-Herta Autosport, came up with a plan and design that will take longtime race fans back in time when it appears early next month for the Phoenix Grand Prix.
Marco Andretti’s No. 98 Oberto Beef Jerky Circle K/Curb Honda will be decked out in the colors of the car his grandfather won his last race on the one-mile short track 25 years ago.
“When the idea of a throwback livery celebrating my grandfather’s final win was thrown around, Oberto was ready to get to the drawing board,” Marco Andretti said in a media release. “The black, white and red car resembles many of my family’s race cars and was a big part of my life growing up.
“It’s really cool to be able to add one of my cars to that family legacy.”
The car is a virtual double of the legendary Newman-Haas Racing and Texaco/Havoline-sponsored car Mario drove on that celebratory day in the Valley of the Sun 2 ½ decades ago.
Various events and ceremonies during the April 6-7 race weekend will honor the senior Andretti. That includes several of his former competitors who will be on hand to celebrate with Mario, including Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, Paul Tracy, Arie Luyendyk, and of course, son Michael Andretti and grandson Marco Andretti.
Check out what happened on that day 25 years ago: