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Billy Monger fundraising doubles target in less than 24 hours

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The motorsport world has rallied to support British Formula 4 racer Billy Monger following his life-changing accident at Donington Park on Sunday, raising over £535,000 ($686,000) in less than 24 hours.

Monger, 17, sustained life-threatening injuries in the British F4 race after hitting a stationary car at speed, resulting in the amputation of both his lower legs. Monger was placed in a medically-induced coma following surgery.

JHR Developments – Monger’s F4 team – set up a charity fund online on Wednesday afternoon, setting an initial target of £260,000 to be raised to help the Briton in his rehabilitation.

Following an outpouring of support from the motorsport community that has seen the majority of the Formula 1 grid and figures from countless other series promote the fund, this figure has been surpassed twice over in less than 24 hours.

2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button and Red Bull driver Max Verstappen both donated £15,000 each, while Mario Andretti, Marco Andretti and Chip Ganassi are also among the donors.

As per Autosport, Monger has now been woken from his medically-induced coma and is aware of his injuries.

Marco Andretti confident that fewer tests won’t hurt Andretti Autosport

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A small point of debate around the 2018 aero kit has been the manufacturer test days that took place through the Fall of 2017 and into the beginning of 2018. Chiefly, the debate has centered around teams who hadn’t participated in those manufacturer test days and if they’re starting the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season at a disadvantage as a result.

Team Penske, Ed Carpenter Racing, and A.J. Foyt Racing completed test days for Chevrolet, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing doing so for Honda.

That left teams like Andretti Autosport out of the mix, with some voicing concerns as a result.

However, in a press conference during testing at ISM Raceway last weekend, Marco Andretti explained that he thinks Andretti Autosport should be able to catch up on development, citing the team’s resources – they’re the only IndyCar team with four full-time cars in their stable – and the fact that everyone is still adapting to the new kit.

“I feel like it’s early enough days that, yes, we can catch up,” Andretti said at ISM Raceway. “When there is anything new, a new car, new aero kit, at-track days are huge. We can sim all these things we want. To really get out there and confirm what we’re learning back at the shop is another thing.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay during testing at ISM Raceway. Photo: IndyCar

Andretti continued, “Yeah, I don’t think we should look at it like we’re behind the eight ball. With a four-car team, that’s where we can use it to our benefit. So far so good.”

Teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, echoed Andretti’s sentiments, adding that while the situation is not perfect, they will need to adapt to it in order to remain competitive.

“Any time you have a new car, to put it into perspective, we’re on track three days on a road course before we get to (the season open in St. Petersburg). That’s a very short amount of time. It’s obviously not ideal, but we’re just going to lace up our boots and get on with it. That’s all you can do.”

Andretti Autosport will have one more team test, at Sebring International Raceway later on in February, before the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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