Thieves steal little boy’s mini-Outlaw sprint car and trailer

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Less than three weeks after a Sprint Cup race car was stolen from a suburban Atlanta hotel parking lot, yet another race vehicle has been taken.

A mini-outlaw sprint car, as well as the trailer it was contained in, plus various bits of equipment and a race helmet were stolen sometime over the weekend from where it was parked in Concord, N.C.

The car is raced by Tyler Dolack, son of Chris Dolack, director of public and media relations for the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing.

Here’s what Chris Dolack told MotorSportsTalk:

“It happened at some point after Friday afternoon as near as I can tell. We ran on Wednesday night, got rained out during hot laps, we loaded up and I brought it back to our office on Thursday morning, had the car out Thursday afternoon making sure it was OK after the rain and closed up the trailer.”

Dolack traveled to Washington D.C. over the weekend with his daughters, who participated in a swim meet.

“I walked out back of the office today, I was like, ‘Hey, where’s my trailer?’ We have three other trailers, a show truck and some other equipment back there but mine was gone.

“A white 6×12 cargo trailer, somebody probably figured it was an easy mark I guess. Just kills me. … The police came over, I believe they’ve been looking through some of the video that’s available from around the area in our business complex. I hope it turns up. Kind of feel helpless.”

It’s bad enough about the theft, but Chris Dolack has an even more difficult task ahead of him.

“I haven’t told Tyler yet,” Chris Dolack said. “Not sure how I’m going to break the news to him. We were supposed to practice tomorrow and race on Wednesday.”

Here’s a series of tweets and photos by the elder Dolack, asking for the public’s support in finding the missing race car and trailer.

If you have any information, call the Concord, N.C. police at (704) 920-5000.

 

 

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.