Le Mans: Satoshi Motoyama completes Nissan ZEOD RC lineup (VIDEO)

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Two years ago at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Satoshi Motoyama tried in vain to fix his broken Nissan DeltaWing, after it was shoved off the road by a Toyota LMP1 car.

In 2014, he’ll have a chance to complete that bit of unfinished business in Nissan’s newest Garage 56 entrant: the ZEOD RC electric prototype.

The veteran Japanese driver was confirmed alongside previously announced drivers Lucas Ordonez and Wolfgang Reip.

“This is the world first with Nissan using electric power in this way at Le Mans and I am very happy to be a part of it,” Motoyama said in a release.

“For me I have a bit of unfinished business at Le Mans. The accident two years ago was very unlucky, but most racing accidents are. Just to finish the race at Le Mans is very difficult and that is our main goal. I am really looking forward to the race.”

Added Darren Cox, Global Head of Brand, Marketing & Sales, NISMO: “That ‘never say die’ attitude really him a cult figure and real favorite with the fans. He was extremely quick the last time he was in the car at Le Mans and we are thrilled to have him back.

“After what happened at Le Mans two years, I promised him we’d get him back to Le Mans – he fully deserves the opportunity.”

Motoyama and Ordonez will test extensively between now and June 1 but will miss the Le Mans test day due to an existing Super GT commitment. Brazilian Tommy Erdos fills in at the test day alongside Reip.

See the 2012 Motoyama video here and a video of his return below that.

Andretti Autosport picks James Hinchcliffe for last 3 races of season

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James Hinchcliffe will finish the NTT IndyCar Series season for Andretti Autosport, replacing Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda.

The team made the announcement Friday afternoon that Hinchcliffe will return after racing for Andretti at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe, who also has worked as an IndyCar on NBC analyst and pit reporter, will race in the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,” team owner Michael Andretti said in a release. “James has an existing relationship with our team that we’d love to build on and it makes the most sense for him to step in for these last three races. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Hinchcliffe has a season-best finish of seventh in the Indy 500. He had been working on trying to put together a deal for next season after scrambling to secure a partial schedule this year when he lost his ride at Arrow McLaren SP after 2020 with a year left on his deal.

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“I know, probably better than most, what Zach is feeling right now, and I have to say that he has handled everything about as class act as you can,” Hinchcliffe said. “I’ve known Zach as a teammate, before that as a colleague and even before that as a friend, and he is a guy that I respect in every way. I know he is a fighter and will fight back to where he wants to be.

“For me now, my focus is 100% on racing the Harvest GP and getting the best possible results for Gainbridge, for Honda, for Michael and for the team. I obviously haven’t been on a road course in a while, but at least the last time I was, it was here at IMS! Hopefully that puts us in a good position to go out there and have a strong weekend.”