MRTI: Aaron Telitz confirmed at Cape Motorsports in USF2000

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Aaron Telitz has signed with Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing for the 2015 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season.

The secondary note of that is that the USF2000 field has just been put on notice.

The 23-year-old native of the small town of Birchwood, Wis. (less than 500 residents) will be in the team’s No. 3 entry alongside previously announced teammate Nico Jamin of France.

Telitz is one of the two Team USA Scholarship winners this season, fresh off his rookie year in USF2000 where he banked one win and six podium finishes, finished fourth in the Championship and claimed “Rookie of the Year” honors. He entered after taking home the 2013 Skip Barber Championship Shootout.

Telitz’s blogs from the time in England where he raced after winning the Team USA Scholarship can be found here, via that website.

But the talented young American, who’s also high on personality, seeks to follow in the tracks of previous champions Florian Latorre (2014), Scott Hargrove (2013), Matthew Brabham (2012) and Petri Suvanto (2011) as consecutive USF2000 champions for Cape.

“I’m super stoked to be joining Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing for the 2015 Cooper Tires USF2000 series,” Telitz said in a release. “After having a strong rookie year, I’ve decided to come back to USF2000 and make another run at the championship.

“I don’t think I need to do a lot of talking about the Capes’ track record for producing champions. I am looking forward to learning a ton from the Cape brothers and performing my best each race weekend, and we’ll see where the year takes us!”

Conor Daly honors friend killed Saturday amid Indianapolis unrest

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IndyCar driver Conor Daly posted a poignant tribute to Chris Beaty, a former Indiana University football player and Indianapolis business owner who was killed Saturday amid protests and rioting in the city.

Daly said he got to know Beaty, who owned an event and marketing promotions company, five years ago when he was organizing Indianapolis 500 afterparties.

Daly annually had been involved in Beaty’s parties since then and said Beaty helped get him home earlier this year when Daly’s blood sugar crashed while at an event.

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“The world lost a tremendous person. RIP Chris Beaty,” wrote Daly, who also tweeted “The violence has to stop.”

According to the Indianapolis Star, Beaty died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds during Saturday night’s unrest in downtown Indianapolis. It’s unclear if the shooting was tied to the protests.

Graham Rahal also posted about his interaction with Beaty.

Daly, Rahal and the rest of the IndyCar Series will return to action Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway (8 p.m. ET, NBC).