Formation of Andretti Technologies confirmed ahead of FIA Formula E finale

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LONDON – Ahead of the finale for the inaugural FIA Formula E season in London this weekend, Andretti Autosport has announced the formation of Andretti Technologies, a new company focusing on new innovations and advanced engineering.

The second Formula E season will see eight of the teams design their own powertrains working as manufacturers, with Andretti being granted this status back in January.

In a press conference in London ahead of this weekend’s ePrix, the formation of Andretti Technologies was confirmed in partnership with TE Connectivity. The latter’s colors will don the Andretti Formula E cars this weekend.

Andretti Technologies will be chiefly responsible for the design and production of the powertrains used by the Andretti Formula E Team from season two, which is set to kick off this fall.

“On behalf of Michael Andretti, who regretfully can’t be here today, I am proud and pleased to announce for you the formation of our newest company called Andretti Technologies,” executive vice president J.F. Thormann said on Friday.

“Andretti Technologies will serve as the advanced engineering arm across all of the Andretti companies.”

Director of motorsport development Roger Griffiths echoed Thormann’s thoughts, and explained how Andretti would be working alongside TE Connectivity.

“We are very excited about the new partnership between Andretti Technologies and TE,” Griffiths said. “We believe we have found a company that not only matches our passion for innovation and engineering in the arena of electrified vehicles but also shares our competitive spirit on the track too.

“A relationship that originally started on the racetrack in Indianapolis and has grown ever since, we are very proud to have TE continue to be part of the Andretti family.”

The new partnership will see the Andretti Formula E cars race with TE Connectivity branding this weekend and during pre-season testing in England over the summer.

“The livery on the car we have today is what we’ll have through this weekend and through the testing programme,” Griffiths said.

“As we move to season two, we’re sure we’ll see some updates on that, and that could potentially be the source of more exciting announcements to come.”

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.