Torrey Galida named president of Richard Childress Racing

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For the first time in the history of Richard Childress Racing, namesake owner Richard Childress will not carry the title of company president.

RCR announced Wednesday that chief operating officer Torrey Galida has been promoted to company president. Childress, meanwhile, will retain his title as chief executive officer, as well as assume a new title of company chairman.

“Since coming on board with us in July 2011, Torrey Galida has been a great asset to RCR,” Childress said in a team media release. “He has helped guide us through many changes for the better and I feel he is the perfect person to continue doing that for our team.”

Childress, who turns 69 in September, insists he’s not retiring or stepping back in the leadership of his namesake company.

“This does not mean I am slowing down in any capacity at RCR,” Childress said. “This just means I am freeing myself up to be involved in other, more strategic aspects of the company to benefit our overall operation and performance.”

Galida came to RCR after stints as general manager for TRG Motorsports, president of Millsport Motorsports, chief marketing officer at Roush Fenway Racing and Ford Motor Company where he held a number of roles including vice president of marketing for Ford of Canada and global motorsports marketing manager for Ford Racing Technology.

“I have an immense amount of respect for Richard Childress and the incredible racing organization he has built,” said Galida, who assumes his new role immediately, according to team officials. “I am honored to have the opportunity to play a key role in the continued success of RCR.”

Galida will oversee day-to-day operations and also serve on the RCR board of directors.

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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.