Happy 60th birthday to “The Professor,” Alain Prost


One of Formula 1’s all-time greats turns 60 today, in the form of four-time World Champion Alain Prost.

Prost’s career remains one of the best in history, with his 51 wins second all-time only to Michael Schumacher (91). He captured the 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1993 World Championships – the last coming in his final season in the sport with Williams.

His rivalry with the late Ayrton Senna was legendary, if contentious. It remains the benchmark that all other inter-team rivalries are compared to, even more than 20 years after he started his 199th and final Grand Prix.

Prost’s team ownership career in F1 didn’t pan out quite the same with only a handful of podium finishes for the Prost Grand Prix organization between 1997 and 2001.

Still, after the fact, Prost has remained very much active in bicycle and ice racing, and served as Renault’s international ambassador.

His son Nicolas has been one of the stars of the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship with e.Dams, and a regular in FIA World Endurance Championship competition with Rebellion Racing.

McLaren paid tribute… sort of… to Prost’s achievements with the team in this episode of its animated series, “Tooned,” linked below.

Alain remains one of the legends and we at MotorSportsTalk wish him all the best on this day, and going forward.

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.