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Porsche tests 2017 919 Hybrid with Bamber, Hartley in Spain

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The 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship may have finished almost a month ago, but Porsche is yet to wrap up its track running for the year after completing a test at Motorland Aragon in Spain on Wednesday.

Porsche won both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ WEC titles in 2016, claiming six race wins including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

As part of its development and preparation for 2017, Porsche completed running with drivers Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley with the updated 919 Hybrid car.

After losing planned running earlier in the week to fog, Porsche was able to complete 179 laps on Wednesday with the car sporting a special ‘dazzle’ testing livery.

The test marked Bamber’s return to the wheel of the 919 Hybrid, having last raced it at Le Mans in 2015 when he claimed a famous victory in Porsche’s third car alongside Nick Tandy and Nico Hulkenberg.

Bamber and Tandy will both race full-time for Porsche’s LMP1 team in 2017 following Mark Webber’s retirement from racing and the relocation of Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas within its motorsport program.

Bamber joins Hartley and Timo Bernhard in the no. 2 car for the 2017 season, while Tandy is set to race with Neel Jani and new signing Andre Lotterer, the latter arriving from Audi, in the no. 1.

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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