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Porsche confirms more plans ahead of Formula E entry

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Porsche has confirmed more of its plans ahead of its works entry to Formula E in 2019.

Porsche announced in July it would be ending its three-time Le Mans-winning LMP1 program at the end of the 2017 season in order to focus its efforts on Formula E, with an arrival in the all-electric series planned for its sixth season.

At its annual Night of Champions event in Germany on Saturday, Porsche confirmed its racing plans through 2018, as well as announcing further details about its Formula E preparations.

“The Porsche LMP Team will spend 2018 concentrating on its new mission: its successful entry into Formula E. The start takes place in season six, beginning at the end of 2019,” a release from Porsche reads.

“Until then, the team will design, develop and test a complete powertrain. The first steps were already taken in 2017, with the concrete implementation of the concept taking place next year.

“The first test drives with the finished Formula E race car from Porsche are scheduled for early 2019.”

Porsche factory drivers Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani have already been placed in Formula E, making their debuts in Hong Kong last weekend.

Besides Formula E, the remnants of the Porsche LMP team will also be involved in a farewell tour for the Porsche 919 Hybrid car that raced between 2014 and 2017.

“Outside the events of the FIA World Endurance Championship and thus outside the regulations of usable energy amounts, the innovative race car will be campaigned at many individual events throughout the year,” Porsche confirmed.

“A precise program will be announced early in 2018. At the end of 2018, the era of the ca. 900 hp hybrid prototype will come to a close. The 919 will then make its last trip to the Porsche Museum.”

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.

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