Ricciardo to demo F1 car in downtown Austin ahead of US GP

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As excitement for the 2014 United States Grand Prix continues to build, Red Bull and Infiniti have announced that they will be holding a special event on Wednesday 29th October before the race in downtown Austin.

Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel are set to grace the city streets in a special demo run featuring the 2011 world championship winning RB7 car.

This will be driven by Ricciardo, with Vettel getting behind the wheel of the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype car that he helped to design.

The cars will be driven up and down Congress Avenue in Austin, with the event starting at 12pm CT on the corner of Congress Ave. and Seventh Street. A few lucky fans will also get the opportunity to ride around with Vettel and Ricciardo in the Q50 car.

The event will act as a fantastic preview for the race at the Circuit of The Americas, set to take place on November 2nd.

“We are thrilled that Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. is providing fans an opportunity to preview the power, speed and excitement of Formula 1 and the U.S. Grand Prix,” Dominic Iacono, chief marketing officer at COTA, explained.

“Seeing these amazing cars in action under the Texas Capitol is sure to draw in new fans while adding to the anticipation among long-time Formula 1 followers.”

This show run is just one of a number of events that are set to make the entire grand prix week in Austin one to remember. NBCSN’s very own Will Buxton will be hosting his Big Time Bash once again (date TBC), and a special fans’ forum will also be held on October 29.

Get ready Austin – Formula 1 is coming for a week of non-stop events and action.

For more information, visit the Circuit of The Americas’ official website.

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.