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Fittipaldi, Armstrong join Ferrari Driver Academy for 2017

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Enzo Fittipaldi and Marcus Armstrong have become the latest racers to enroll in the Ferrari Driver Academy ahead of the 2017 season.

The FDA has helped develop the careers of a number of notable drivers, including the late Jules Bianchi, 2017 Formula 1 rookie Lance Stroll and GP3 champion Charles Leclerc.

Ahead of the 2017 racing season, Ferrari has confirmed the arrival of Fittipaldi and Armstrong following an evaluation of five young drivers at Fiorano last month.

Fittipaldi, 15, is the grandson of two-time F1 world champion, double Indy 500 winner and 1989 CART series victor Emerson Fittipaldi.

Fittipaldi Jr. made his racing debut in the Ginetta Junior series in Britain this year, finishing 18th in the championship.

Armstrong, 16, has focused on karting for much of his junior career, but made a few single-seater appearances through 2016, including a stint in the BRDC British F3 Autumn Trophy, and is set to race in 2017’s Toyota Racing Series.

Fittipaldi and Armstrong join Leclerc, Antonio Fuoco, Guiliano Alesi and Guanyu Zhou in the FDA ranks for 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.