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Alex Lynn relishing IMSA chance with WTR, also chasing Le Mans drive

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – British youngster Alex Lynn is relishing the opportunity to race for Wayne Taylor Racing at the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans, saying he wants to repay the team for taking a chance on hiring him for the races.

Lynn, 23, moved away from GP2 at the end of last year to switch his focus to sports cars, racing in the final three rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship for Manor.

The Briton was confirmed as Max Angelelli’s replacement in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R for the upcoming IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races at Sebring and Road Atlanta following the veteran racer’s retirement after the Rolex 24 at Daytona last month.

“The deal with Wayne was a really, really cool one. I really wanted to get that, I’m so excited about it,” Lynn told NBC Sports.

“A big credit to him and Max for giving me the chance. It came around when I met them at Austin last year for the WEC race. I was there scouting out the WEC paddock and obviously IMSA were there as well. We had a good chat and the deal came together.

“I’m really happy to join Ricky and Jordan. We’re going testing next weekend at Sebring, it should be good. It’s an amazing car, and it’s got great winning potential as Ricky, Jordan, Max and Jeff showed. [We’ll] try and carry on that form and if we can get a good result at Sebring I’ll be really happy.

“I know that one thing Max and Wayne really wanted for the replacement was someone who had good sports car experience and loads of Sebring experience. I’ve got none!

“I feel really proud they took a chance on me and hopefully I can repay them with some good results.”

Lynn has a variety of racing commitments coming up through 2017, with a works BMW drive in the Nürburgring 24 Hours and a reserve role in Formula E with DS Virgin Racing also on his plate.

However, the 2014 GP3 Series champion still has one more event in his sights for the forthcoming year.

“I hope there is one thing to add. That would then by the cherry on the cake for a really nice 2017,” Lynn teased.

“The plan is I would like to be on the grid at Le Mans. Hopefully something can come to fruition.”

When asked if this may see him return to Manor, Lynn said: “I’m looking elsewhere outside of the LMP2 category.”

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.