GP2: Richie Stanaway and Status secure maiden victory

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Richie Stanaway and Status Grand Prix celebrated their maiden victories in the GP2 Series in Monaco after the New Zealander dominated proceedings in Saturday’s sprint race.

Starting from second place on the reverse grid, Stanaway made a clean start to pass Ferrari junior driver Raffaele Marciello into the first corner and take the lead of the race.

From there, he put in a controlled drive to go lights-to-flag and claim his first GP2 victory in just his sixth races in the series.

“It feels quite surreal to win here in Monaco today and of all the places to win your first GP2 race, this has to be the best,” Stanaway said. “GP2 is still so new to me and with this just being my third race weekend it really is a fantastic feeling.

“The tough thing is the mental concentration around here, you just need to stay focussed and get into a rhythm. The best way for me to do this was to keep pushing and it worked.”

The result also marked Status Grand Prix’s first victory in GP2 since taking over the old Caterham Racing operation for the 2015 season.

“It’s a fantastic feeling to be Monaco race-winners with Richie in our first year of GP2,” team principal Teddy Yip Jr said. “Richie has driven phenomenally all weekend, giving us a little scare on the final corner but he says he was just messing around – heart in mouth moment, so thanks for that Richie!”

Stanaway was followed home by Marciello and ex-Sauber reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin, who scored his first podium finish in GP2 on Sunday with third place.

American driver Alexander Rossi scored his worst result of the season to date, starting and finishing seventh, whilst championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne was resigned to a similar fate as he went from eighth on the grid to eighth at the checkered flag.

The GP2 Series resumes in support of the Austrian Grand Prix in one month’s time, and will be rejoined by GP3 for the weekend.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.