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Andretti Autosport to run special decal in April

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Andretti Autosport will run a special decal this month for all sevem of its cars, as April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, to raise awareness. Dean Stoneman, one of the team’s three Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires drivers, is a testicular cancer survivor.

“It’s great to have the cars running with the orchid ribbon this month. It will join the Wessex Cancer Trust logo I carry all season on the nose of my car as a Youth Ambassador,” Stoneman said in a team release.

“Testicular cancer is a merciless illness and we must do everything possible to help those battling with it and help prevent it from effecting more young men. I survived advanced testicular cancer and I urge all men to self-check and waste no time in visiting their doctor if they have even the slightest concern, it could save your life. Hopefully me racing will be an inspiration for those going through treatment and serve as a reminder to all men to get checked.”

The full story via the team website is here.

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Porsche pulls GTLM cars from Mid-Ohio because of COVID-19 positives

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Porsche will skip Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race with its two GTLM cars at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after three positive COVID-19 tests were confirmed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

That resulted in Porsche choosing to pull out of the Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race in Germany, electing to avoid sending any team members as a precautionary measure.

Porsche Motorsport announced Tuesday that its COVID-19 decision also would apply at Mid-Ohio to its No. 911 and No. 12 teams.

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Three of Porsche’s four IMSA GTLM drivers — Laurens Vanthoor, Frederic Makowiecki and Nick Tandy — also were racing in Le Mans. The trio has remained isolated in Europe and won’t be allowed to travel.

“Based on yesterday’s decision that no employee or racing driver of our Le Mans team will participate in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we have today decided that this ruling will also apply to the upcoming IWSC race in Mid-Ohio,” Fritz Enzinger, vice president for Porsche Motorsport, said in a release. “This means that Laurens, Nick and Fred will not be traveling to the USA.

“This is very regrettable, but we would like to emphasize that in this case as well the health of all those concerned is the prime focus of the decisions we have taken.”

The decision also affects Earl Bamber, who teamed with Vanthoor to win the GTLM championship last year in the No. 912.

Porsche said its GTLM Porsche 911 RSR-19 entries will return for the Oct. 10 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

That will reduce the GTLM class to four cars — two Corvettes and two BMWs — this weekend at Mid-Ohio, in what could be somewhat of a 2021 preview. Porsche Motorsport announced earlier this year that it will leave IMSA after the 2020 season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.