American Daly to test GP2 car

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Conor Daly, one of the two Americans with a shot at breaking into Formula 1 in the near future, makes his next step by testing a GP2 Series car for the new Hilmer Motorsport team.

Daly has tested an F1 car for the Force India team before, and this offseason, he had his first test of IndyCar machinery with A.J. Foyt Racing at Sebring International Raceway in December. Daly is hopeful of putting a deal together to make his debut in this year’s Indianapolis 500.

Daly has raced in the GP3 Series the last two years, and has wins in IndyCar’s ladder system prior to that. He won one Firestone Indy Lights race in 2011 and won the Star Mazda series championship in 2010.

Daly tweeted a picture of the car’s nose (right). This news comes a few days after Alexander Rossi confirmed his plans as reserve driver for the Caterham F1 Team.

Besides these two, fellow American Jake Rozensweig, 23, has a deal to race for the Barwa Addax team in GP2 this year. He’d be the  first American to race in this series since Scott Speed in 2005. Speed made his Formula 1 debut in 2006 with Scuderia Toro Rosso, and is the last American to have raced in F1.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.