American driver Conor Daly loses GP2 ride with Venezuela GP Lazarus

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A lack of funding has put American GP2 driver Conor Daly on the sidelines ahead of this weekend’s race at Monza.

Daly confirmed the tough news via his Twitter account earlier today:

He has since added additional comments in a release: “I’m naturally disappointed but thankful for the opportunity that Venezuela GP Lazarus provided me this season. Lazarus is a great team of people who race because of their love of the sport and I wish them every success in the future.”

“Europe for the past four years has been a an invaluable experience for me. It was a sacrifice well worth making because I know today that I am a better driver because of it. I’m ready for my future, whatever it may be.”

After finishing third in the GP3 championship last season, Daly moved up to GP2 for 2014 with Venezuela GP Lazarus. His best finish has been a seventh in Race 2 at the Hungaroring in July.

Daly’s dropping makes him the second American to leave the GP2 grid this season. In July, Alexander Rossi left Caterham, where he served as not only a reserve for its F1 side but also as a race driver for its GP2 squad.

As for where Daly goes from here, the release made note of his recent appearance at last weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series championship finale at Auto Club Speedway.

On that subject, Daly says: “I want to be a professional race car driver and be in a position to take advantage of any opportunity that might come my way.”

Daly made his IndyCar debut in the 2013 Indianapolis 500 for A.J. Foyt Racing.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool