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Louis Deletraz joins Racing Engineering for 2017 GP2 season

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Louis Deletraz will race full-time in the GP2 Series in 2017 after joining Spanish team Racing Engineering.

Deletraz, 19, finished as runner-up in the Formula V8 3.5 championship in 2016, losing out at the final round of the year to Tom Dillmann.

The Swiss racer made his GP2 debut in Abu Dhabi with Carlin, retiring from the feature race and finishing 17th in the sprint.

Deletraz will now return to GP2 for 2017 with Racing Engineering, having enjoyed a successful three-day test with the team in Abu Dhabi following the conclusion of the season.

“GP2 is where I want to be in 2017 since after the strong season in Formula V8, it’s the natural next step in my career,” Deletraz said.

“It’s the final category before reaching Formula 1 and getting to F1 is my primary goal. Racing Engineering are a good team and have produced some top results during the last five years.

“For me, there’s no better option and I am very happy with the choice.”

Deletraz will race alongside Gustav Malja, who was announced as one of the team’s drivers last week, through 2017.

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