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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.

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.