Tweets from Truex: Unaware of situation, thankful for support

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NASCAR’s 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup field was available this morning at Chicago’s Navy Pier for a media advance. One of two notable absences was Martin Truex Jr., who had made the Chase initially Saturday night at Richmond but was kicked out as a result of penalties assessed to the Michael Waltrip Racing team.

While Waltrip and Truex’s teammate Clint Bowyer have made the media rounds in national television interviews (a recap of Bowyer’s, here), Truex had been silent regarding what happened until writing on Twitter last night.

A series of posts from his official feed (@MartinTruexJr56) reads as follows:

I just want to take a min to thank my fans, NAPA AUTO PARTS, Toyota, NASCAR, my fellow competitors, & MWR for their support. I was (con’t) Very excited for my team when I learned that we clinched a wild card spot Sat night in Richmond. I drove the hardest race of my life that… Night & was unaware of any other circumstances other than needing to finish as high as I could to have a chance. This has been a very.., Difficult situation for everyone involved. I hope we can all move on. Im looking forward to Chicago, seeing all my fans & getting back in… My #56 NAPA Toyota. Thank you for all the messages. They are much appreciated.

Younger brother Ryan Truex, who also competed Saturday night in the final race for Phoenix Racing under James Finch’s ownership, had this thought, also written on Twitter (@Ryan_Truex): “My tongue hurts from biting it so hard the past few days..”

Truex’s sponsor, NAPA, along with 5-Hour Energy, issued statements earlier this week expressing their concern regarding the team’s actions on Saturday night.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.