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Ex-F1 driver Jaime Alguersuari retires from racing

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Former Formula 1 and Formula E driver Jaime Alguersuari has announced his retirement from motorsport at the age of 25.

Alguersuari made his F1 debut in 2009 with Scuderia Toro Rosso after rising through the Red Bull junior programme, but was dropped by the team at the end of 2011 aged just 21.

The Spaniard most recently raced in Formula E with Virgin Racing, making his last appearance at the Moscow ePrix in June before missing the double-header finale in London due to a medical concern.

At a press conference in Madrid, Alguersuari announced his retirement from racing, claiming that his heart no longer belonged to motorsport.

“I decided to stop because it is time for a change,” Alguersuari said. “Something inside me tells me it’s time to take a new path, because I think I lost the love of this girlfriend who accompanied me all these years.

“It is not a sad day. Now what makes me happy is music, making music. The best thing that happened to me in my life was being thrown out of F1. With F1, I carried frustration, trauma.”

Alguersuari is the second young driver in the space of a few weeks to announce his retirement from racing, following GP2 driver Johnny Cecotto Jr.’s announcement at the age of 26.

Karam, Daly get IndyCar rides with Carlin for Iowa

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NEWTON, Iowa – Sage Karam returns for the second-straight race and Conor Daly is back for another race with Carlin Racing at this weekend’s Iowa 300 NTT IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway.

For Karam, it’s his third start of the 2019 season and his second straight with Carlin. In his five starts at Iowa Speedway dating back to 2010, Karam has never finished outside of the top three, recording four wins (USF2000 – 2010, Indy Pro 2000 – 2011 and 2012, Indy Lights – 2013) and scoring his first NTT IndyCar Series podium in 2015 with a third-place finish.

“I’m really excited to be back again this weekend with Carlin and SmartStop Self Storage for the Iowa 300. Iowa Speedway has always been a good track for me in the past, so I’m really looking forward to getting back to work there,” Karam said. “Coming off of a very productive weekend in Toronto, I’m looking forward to applying everything I’ve learned and continuing to work with the team to get the best results possible. A huge thank you to everyone at Carlin and SmartStop Self Storage for a great opportunity to race at one of my favorite tracks.”

Daly is back in a second Carlin entry. Earlier this year, the popular driver finished 11th for Carlin in the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8. At Iowa, he will drive the team’s No. 23 Gallagher Chevrolet.

Daly finished 10th in the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge for Andretti Autosport.

Daly raced at Iowa in 2016 for Dale Coyne Racing (finishing 21st) and in 2017 for A.J. Foyt Racing (finishing 19th).

The combination gives Carlin two more drivers to gather additional feedback on the car. Max Chilton remains the team’s primary driver but announced recently that he will forego all oval races to concentrate on street and road courses.

That created opportunities for Karam and Daly.

“We were very impressed with Sage’s steady progression throughout the Toronto race weekend and his willingness to learn and adapt,” said Carlin Team Principal Trevor Carlin. “The fact that he hadn’t been on a street course since 2015 and was still able to come right out of the gate confident and constantly improving every session was extremely impressive.

“The SmartStop Self Storage Chevrolet looked great out on track and their group has been a pleasure to work with, so we couldn’t be more pleased to have them back this weekend in Iowa. Sage has done really well in Iowa in the past, so hopefully we can use his experience and our past success at Iowa Speedway to come away with a good result for the team and our partners at SmartStop Self Storage.”

The Iowa 300 at Iowa Speedway will take place on Saturday, July 20th at 7:15 pm ET and will be televised on NBCSN.