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It’s official: We get to devour a second season of “Dinner with Racers”

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Last year, two guys drove around the country in an Acura MDX, riding on Continental Tires, and brought nearly 30 podcast episodes from the world of racing to your ears.

Ryan Eversley and Sean Heckman’s “Dinner with Racers” podcast didn’t start out as much more than a fun idea, but quickly surprised and amazed with the caliber of guest, discussion and frequency of downloads that occurred.

Then there was also the amount of chicken sandwiches consumed by Heckman, which is another story in and of itself.

So, now that we know what the podcast is, we get an encore. “Dinner with Racers” season two production is underway now, with episodes to be released starting in November.

Here’s the release from Continental Tire, and a teaser video:

Following a successful first season in which hosts, Ryan Eversley and Sean Heckman, embarked on a cross-country journey that would see them drive 8,000 miles to meet up with 26 guests, the duo along with program partner, Continental Tire, are proud to announce the return of their motorsport popular podcast “Dinner with Racers.” While the latest batch of episodes will likely not be released until November, the series has officially begun recording, starting now.

As a motorsport podcast focusing on meeting with some of the most interesting characters in the sport, “Dinner with Racers” features an un-structured format in which the hosts meet up with drivers, team owners, engineers, journalists, and a variety of industry veterans in search of some of the most legendary tales of racing and beyond. Previous guests have included 2016 IndyCar Champion Simon Pagenaud, motorsport legend Tommy Kendall, five-time Rolex 24 winner Andy Lally, and dozens of others.

For Season Two, Continental Tire will continue their partnership and support of the series, and similarly the duo will be driving an all-new Honda Odyssey fitted with Continentals CrossContact LX20 tires during the adventure, courtesy of American Honda. Hosted by sportscar race winner and Acura factory driver Ryan Eversley as well as motorsport behind-the-scenes veteran Sean Heckman, the duo will chronicle their journey via their social media channels, along with Bill Riley.

The duo can be followed below:

Ryan Eversley

Instagram: @eversley
Twitter: @ryaneversley
Snapchat: @eversley
Facebook: Ryan Eversley

Sean Heckman

Instagram: @sean.heckman
Twitter: @seanheckman
Facebook: Sean Heckman

To experience season one, visit www.dinnerwithracers.com.

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.