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Zach Veach’s Indy 500 debut confirmed with Foyt

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – A seven-year veteran of the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires, Zach Veach will finally be making his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in this year’s 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

The 22-year-old native of Stockdale, Ohio has been confirmed in A.J. Foyt Racing’s third car (No. 40 Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim Chevrolet) for the race. Veach won three times last year in the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires series and made his IndyCar test debut at Sonoma Raceway in September with Ed Carpenter Racing and was working towards an IndyCar program for 2017.

Veach will keep Foyt’s team the youngest at this year’s Indianapolis 500, as he’s alongside Conor Daly and Carlos Munoz in the pair of ABC Supply Co. Chevrolets. Both Daly and Munoz are 25 years old; Daly has made three Indianapolis 500 starts (2013, 2015, 2016) and Munoz four (2013-2016), Munoz having finished second twice in 2013 and last year.

“To compete in the Indianapolis 500 is a dream I’ve had since I was four years old, so when the opportunity came about to join AJ Foyt Racing with the support of the IWiT Championship and Guggenheim, I was ecstatic,” Veach said in a release. “A lot of great people helped me to follow my dream, so I’m thrilled to be part of this program that strives to advance career opportunities for women in the field of science and technology.”

“We are happy to have another great entry for the 101st Indianapolis 500,” added Larry Foyt, president of AJ Foyt Racing. “Zach Veach is one of those drivers who has proven he deserves the opportunity by winning through the Mazda Road to Indy series, and he has put in massive effort to get to this level. The IWiT Championship is a great event for the Indianapolis community, and we are proud to help promote this event and welcome the LPGA back to Indianapolis.”

More to follow either later this weekend or next week.

FIA returns Manor’s F1 entry fee for 2017

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Good news: Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited got a refund of an entry fee it paid to the FIA to run in this year’s F1 season.

Bad news: Manor still hasn’t run this year, and won’t be for the foreseeable future (especially as Manor’s former leadership staff is moving that team into FIA WEC’s new-look LMP1 class in addition to its LMP2 program).

Manor Group’s receivership outfit, Just Racing Services Limited, went into administration earlier this year. As there was no new buyer for the F1 team, Manor dropped from the 2017 grid before the season.

The FIA said it would return its entry fee to help Manor Group pay off outstanding debts.

It basically means nothing in the grand scheme of things since Manor missed out on 10th place in the constructor’s standings in 2016 and fell from the F1 grid as a result, but hey, it’s a goodwill gesture going into Thanksgiving this week.