Ex-GP3 racer Nick Yelloly parts company with Jota Sport

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Endurance racing team Jota Sport and former GP3 driver Nick Yelloly have parted company ahead of the new racing season.

Yelloly, 24, had been due to race for Jota Sport in this year’s European Le Mans Series and two rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that GP2 race winner Mitch Evans would be representing the team in the LMP2 class alongside Yelloly and team owner Simon Dolan.

However, Yelloly is no longer a part of the team’s plans due to other outstanding commitments.

“The British driver who was announced earlier this month as part of JOTA’s ELMS plus Spa and Le Mans squad will not now be a part of the team’s 2015 plans unfortunately due to other commitments,” a short statement from the team read.

“An announcement concerning the third driver who will partner Dolan and Audi Sport ‘loanee’ [Felipe] Albuquerque in the 4 Hours of Silverstone is likely next week.”

Team partner Sam Hignett was disappointed to confirm that Yelloly had left Jota, but felt that it was the best course of action for all parties.

“Unfortunately Nick is not now part of Jota Sport’s 2015 plans,” Hignett said. “Since our announcement earlier this month it transpires conflicting elements and commitments mean its best we go our separate ways with immediate effect.”

Yelloly is yet to announce any further plans for the 2015 season, but with scheduling conflicts preventing him from racing in ELMS this year, it appears that something else may be in the works for the Briton.

Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”