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Da Costa ‘perfect’ for Andretti’s Formula E team

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Andretti Autosport executive vice-president JF Thormann believes that Antonio Felix da Costa is “perfect” for its Formula E operation ahead of the all-electric series’ third season.

The MS Amlin Andretti team announced over the summer that da Costa would be joining for season three, replacing the Supercars-bound Simona de Silvestro.

Da Costa impressed throughout his stint with Team Aguri, claiming the team’s only victory in Buenos Aires in season one and taking a number of other big results in season two despite using a year-old powertrain.

Like Aguri, Andretti was also unable to run an in-house powertrain for season two, putting it on the same page as da Costa heading into the new campaign that starts in Hong Kong on October 9.

“He’s perfect for us,” Thormann told NBC Sports when asked about da Costa’s arrival at the launch of the New York City ePrix earlier this week.

“From the competitive side, it’s good for that reason. Plus our sponsor, MS Amlin, sponsored him just before.

“He’s very good and astute technically, he’s very good friends with Robin Frijns, good team chemistry.

“I think he’s been a really good find for us.”

With an in-house powertrain now fitted to the car and da Costa on-board, Thormann says there is more optimism at Andretti for season three.

“Certainly quite a bit more. We knew we’d be in trouble last year having to use the season one car,” Thormann said.

“Now we’re back up to speed. We felt in Donington we had slight gremlins but we should be there at Hong Kong.”

Earlier today, BMW confirmed that da Costa would be leaving DTM at the end of the season to focus fully on his commitments in Formula E.

Hildebrand enters Indy 500 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

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INDIANAPOLIS — J.R. Hildebrand will race in the Indianapolis 500 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in a second entry dedicated to the late Dan Gurney.

Hildebrand will pilot the No. 48 as a nod to the number used by Gurney, a racer, car builder and team owner who died in 2018. Hildebrand will be teammates with Sage Karam and his car will be sponsored by Salesforce.com.

Hildebrand has eight previous Indy 500 starts and was leading on the final lap as a rookie in 2011 when he crashed in the final turn. Dan Wheldon slipped past for the victory and Hildebrand finished second.

Hildebrand also drove for DRR last season.

DRR is also fielding the #24 Chevrolet in this year’s Indy 500 for Sage Karam.