Carpenter, Kanaan round out podium for final IndyCar 2013 race

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Lost in the shuffle of the title, the race win and the attrition war around them in IndyCar’s 2013 curtain closer were the two remaining podium finishers on Saturday night.

Ed Carpenter came up just shy of his third consecutive season finale victory in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, while Tony Kanaan rounded out his career at KV Racing Technology – SH shy of the $250,000 bonus on offer from Fuzzy’s had he won a second race in the Triple Crown (Indianapolis 500 his first).

Carpenter lost out to Will Power despite gaining on him toward the finish. Had he won, he would have been the 11th different winner in the 2013 season, which would have tied a record. As it is, Carpenter matches his car number in becoming the 20th different driver to score a podium this year.

“We came in the pits the last time, and took some downforce off the rear wing to get more straightaway speed for the finish. And it was working; it got us to second,” said Carpenter.

“Will (Power) was real fast the few three or four laps out of a yellow. Then we started reeling him in and we just ran out of laps. If it had gone a little further, I thought we could have caught him.”

Carpenter led only a single lap in the 250-lap race while Kanaan, who started ninth and finished third, led three during a pit stop exchange earlier in the race.

“It was a hard race,” Kanaan said. “I had a couple of scary moments out there, but the engineers made adjustments almost every stop and the guys did a great job in the pits. In the end, we just didn’t have enough to win. It was a great feeling to give the team a podium finish in our last race.”

Kanaan’s KVRT teammate Simona de Silvestro posted her best career result on an oval, eighth, to secure her fifth straight top-10 finish heading into the offseason.

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.