GP2: Rossi, Dillmann on the move for Hockenheim

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The news Alexander Rossi is leaving Caterham, announced Wednesday morning, also had an immediate effect on his GP2 season with the Caterham Racing squad.

As my MotorSportsTalk colleague Luke Smith explained over the weekend, the Caterham name situation is a complex labyrinth. The F1 Team has been sold, but Caterham Racing still exists in GP2 and is still run by Tony Fernandes.

Rossi’s GP2 season will continue after all, as he’ll shift from Caterham Racing to Campos Racing for this weekend’s German round of the championship. Rossi replaces Japanese driver Kimiya Sato in the No. 27 entry; Sato had yet to score in the opening five weekends of the season. Campos lead driver Arthur Pic currently ranks eighth in points with 41.

Meanwhile Tom Dillmann, a talented French driver, returns to the series for the second time this year after finishing eighth and third in a one-off weekend appearance for Arden International at Spain. Dillmann replaces Rossi at Caterham, alongside Rio Haryanto.

You can see Rossi, fellow American Conor Daly, Dillmann, points leader Jolyon Palmer and the rest of the GP2 field in action from Hockenheim at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday night, July 20, on NBCSN.

Al Unser Jr. back in IndyCar after a decade away: ‘Life is very good’

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There’s been somewhat of a hole in Al Unser Jr.’s heart ever since he retired from racing in 2007.

It was a void, something was missing.

But now, after a decade away from racing, Unser has found the right medicine to fill that hole in his heart: he’s back in the racing game again.

No, he’s not driving again (although he does participate occasionally in vintage races), but the two-time Indianapolis 500 (1992 and 1994) winner is definitely back in the IndyCar world.

And he couldn’t be happier.

“For me, it’s a dream come true,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “Since I stepped out of the race car and retired from racing, there’s been something missing from my life, and it’s racing.”

Unser has hooked up with Harding Racing. The team competed in three races last season as a ramp-up for a full 17-race effort this season. While Unser’s official title with the team is “consultant,” he’s involved in so much more.

His main role is as a driving coach to 2015 IndyCar Rookie of the Year Gabby Chaves. But he’s also involved in so many other areas, including helping the team obtain sponsorships and much more.

He then added, “I’m involved in every sense of the word except actually driving the car. And I’m happy about that because I’m too old to drive the car.”

Unser, who won CART championships in 1990 and 1994, is now 55. He’s so involved with his new job that he even moved from his native New Mexico and has relocated to suburban Indianapolis.

Not only is it a new start for Unser, it also is for Chaves. After running all 16 races in 2015 for Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian, he competed in just seven races for Dale Coyne Racing in 2016 and only three races for Harding Racing last season.

But he definitely impressed the team, with a fifth- (Texas) and ninth-place (Indianapolis 500) finish in the first two races and 15th (Pocono) in the team’s final run of the season.

That’s why when Harding Racing decided to go fulltime in 2018, Chaves was their pick for behind the wheel. And Unser was their pick to help guide him to potential stardom in the series.

“(Team owner) Mike Harding is definitely a person that when he decides to do something, he does it right,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “The potential for this organization is through the sky. We’re all working really hard here and we see the potential.”

And as for Unser?

“Life is good, life is very good,” he told IndyCar.com. “We’re back full force, eager and better than ever.”

Click here for the full story about Unser from IndyCar.com.