Dean Stoneman gets Formula E test with NextEV

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Indy Lights championship contender Dean Stoneman will enjoy his first Formula E test at Donington Park on Thursday with NextEV.

Stoneman, 26, currently races for Andretti Autosport in Indy Lights, having recently raced in GP3, GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5.

The Briton won the Formula 2 title back in 2010 and enjoyed a Formula 1 test with Williams before missing the 2011 and 2012 racing seasons after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Stoneman made the switch to Indy Lights for 2016, winning the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and securing an IndyCar test with Andretti at Watkins Glen earlier this month.

Stoneman will now get a chance to impress behind the wheel of a Formula E car, taking part in the pre-season test running at Donington in England on Thursday.

“I’m really looking forward to my first time in a Formula E car,” Stoneman said.

“The opportunity with the NextEV Formula E Team is extremely exciting and I have been very impressed so far with their professional structure and ambitions going forward.

“They were winners of the inaugural Formula E championship and they are clearly looking to be a force this coming season too.

“The whole approach to driving these cars is completely different so I have been learning key areas like energy recovery so I can hit the ground running for this week’s test.”

NextEV confirmed its driver line-up for Formula E’s third season on Tuesday, retaining Nelson Piquet Jr. and Oliver Turvey for the new campaign.

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.