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Alonso reaffirms commitment to McLaren in wake of Mercedes rumors

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He shouldn’t need to, but it seems that Fernando Alonso has to keep saying “I’m all in at McLaren” in the wake of the rumors or possibility he could become available to switch to Mercedes, replacing retired World Champion Nico Rosberg.

Alonso and new McLaren Honda driver Stoffel Vandoorne have both stopped at the McLaren Technology Center today, with each driver describing their commitment to the project.

Alonso will enter his third and last year of his contract with the team this year.

“I believe in this project, I’m committed, and I want to be World Champion with McLaren Honda. That’s my only goal,” Alonso told those present at the MTC, via a McLaren tweet out today.

The two-time World Champion made a significant stride this year, with an advancement from 11 points and 17th place in the Driver’s Championship in 2015, to 54 points and 10th this year.

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.