Charlie Kimball looks to capitalize on Indianapolis performance in Detroit Dual

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Charlie Kimball is on a hot streak.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver ended the Month of May with two top-five finishes in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500, where he was the surprise top finisher for Ganassi in third place.

“It took a couple of races, but we’ve hit our stride,” Kimball said in a release.

Now Kimball will try to continue his good fortune this weekend at the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park.

“Even with a quick turnaround, I can’t wait to get back out in the No. 83 Levemir FlexTouch Chevrolet this weekend for the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit,” Kimball said. “It’s not only a challenge for the drivers to switch from an oval to road course mentality, but it’s also a lot of work for the Verizon IndyCar Series crews and engineers to be ready for the doubleheaders.”

Kimball has had relative success at Belle Isle in his five career starts on the 2.35-mile, 14-turn street course. The California native has finished outside the top 10 only once and his best finish is third in last year’s race two, which was his only podium of 2014.

“I had the chance to do some hot laps on the … track last week for Indy 500 media day, and I really think we’ll be able to put on two great shows for the fans,” Kimball said. “Coming off two strong top-five finishes, we’ll work hard on building on that momentum. Our focus is definitely improving qualifying so we can start up front and stay up front.”

In all of his five starts at Belle Isle, Kimball started 18th or worse, which makes his four top-10 finishes even more impressive. So far in 2015, Kimball has yet to qualify in the top 10; his best was 11th at Birmingham.

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.