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ECR reveals special Fuzzy’s Vodka livery for Newgarden

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Fuzzy’s Vodka will be on the No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet for Josef Newgarden in the opening four Verizon IndyCar Series races of 2016, and the team’s special edition livery for the car was revealed today.

To celebrate the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka is also releasing two commemorative, limited-edition bottles of vodka.

“I’m so excited to be able to represent Fuzzy’s Vodka,” Newgarden said in a release. “They’re a great partner and are very engaged in the Verizon IndyCar Series, but also with everything we’re doing at ECR.

“It’s going to be very cool to run the 100th Running Edition bottle on my car leading up to the month of May.  The car is absolutely gorgeous! Hopefully we can put some good results up on the board for Fuzzy’s and head into the Indianapolis 500 strong!”

Andretti Autosport picks James Hinchcliffe for last 3 races of season

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James Hinchcliffe will finish the NTT IndyCar Series season for Andretti Autosport, replacing Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda.

The team made the announcement Friday afternoon that Hinchcliffe will return after racing for Andretti at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe, who also has worked as an IndyCar on NBC analyst and pit reporter, will race in the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,” team owner Michael Andretti said in a release. “James has an existing relationship with our team that we’d love to build on and it makes the most sense for him to step in for these last three races. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Hinchcliffe has a season-best finish of seventh in the Indy 500. He had been working on trying to put together a deal for next season after scrambling to secure a partial schedule this year when he lost his ride at Arrow McLaren SP after 2020 with a year left on his deal.

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“I know, probably better than most, what Zach is feeling right now, and I have to say that he has handled everything about as class act as you can,” Hinchcliffe said. “I’ve known Zach as a teammate, before that as a colleague and even before that as a friend, and he is a guy that I respect in every way. I know he is a fighter and will fight back to where he wants to be.

“For me now, my focus is 100% on racing the Harvest GP and getting the best possible results for Gainbridge, for Honda, for Michael and for the team. I obviously haven’t been on a road course in a while, but at least the last time I was, it was here at IMS! Hopefully that puts us in a good position to go out there and have a strong weekend.”