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GP3 teams allowed four cars each from 2016

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The GP3 Series has confirmed that teams will be permitted to enter four cars each from 2016, expanding the grid to 28 entries.

Last month, it was announced that DAMS and Virtuosi Racing would be entering GP3 from the beginning of next season, taking over the entries of Status Grand Prix and Carlin.

However, it has now been confirmed that Virtuosi Racing will not be joining the grid, but that the seven remaining teams will be permitted to field four cars each.

“Following a request from the teams, GP3 Series organizers have decided to allow them to line up a maximum of four cars per squad instead of the three that is currently authorized,” a statement from GP3 confirmed.

“Therefore, the 2016 GP3 grid will be made of a maximum 28 cars. The new GP3/16 car will be delivered early next year to the teams given an entry for the next three year cycle.”

“I am pleased to announce that our GP3 teams will be allowed to line up a fourth car next season,” GP3 series CEO Bruno Michel said.

“It is something that has been discussed between us and the teams this year and I feel that it will give them an even stronger financial base for the season to come.”

GP3 Teams – 2016-2018

Arden International (GBR)
ART Grand Prix (FRA)
Campos Racing (ESP)
DAMS (FRA)
Jenzer Motorsport (SUI)
Koiranen GP (FIN)
Trident (ITA)

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.