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Vergne open to adding endurance races to racing program in 2017

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Jean-Eric Vergne is keen to add more endurance races to his racing program through the 2017 season following his upcoming debut at the 24 Hours of Dubai in January.

Vergne has raced in Formula E since his departure from Formula 1 at the end of 2014, as well as working in a reserve driver role with Scuderia Ferrari.

The Frenchman was named on the entry list for the race at the Dubai Autodrome with GP Extreme, racing a Renault RS01 in the GT3 class alongside Jordan Grogor, Louis Deletraz and Nicky Pastorelli.

Speaking to Safe Is Fast, Vergne said that while his chief focus remains on Formula E with the Techeetah team, he wants to use the Dubai race to get to grips with endurance events.

“My main focus for now is Formula E. I’m with a team I believe is only going to get better and stronger, and I’m in a series that I believe is really driving the future, and I feel very lucky and happy to be a part of it,” Vergne said.

“I’m not sure what my program with Ferrari will be in 2017, but alongside that I would maybe like to do some more endurance races.

“I’m doing the Dubai 24 Hours in January to learn about how to race in a new format. I think it’s good that I start somewhere like that.”

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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