TBA’s identity revealed: Carlos Huertas confirmed in Coyne’s second car

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For a second consecutive year, it’s taken until late in the week in the run up to the Verizon IndyCar Series opener for Dale Coyne to confirm his second driver, better known until now as TBA.

For a second consecutive year, the driver’s a young individual from South America. But while in 2013 it was Brazilian Ana Beatriz (now Bia Figuieredo), in 2014 it will be Colombian rookie Carlos Huertas.

Huertas, who tested for Panther Racing this offseason, is now the fourth Colombian and fourth rookie in the 22-car field. That said, Friday’s first practice will be his first time driving in the No. 18 Honda.

“It’s not ideal; it would have been better to do the (Open) test, but the good thing is nobody has tested here,” Huertas said, via IndyCar.com.

Huertas is expected, but not officially confirmed, to contest the remainder of the road and street races. Meanwhile, the No. 18 seat is open for ovals.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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