Aston Martin has confirmed that it will continue to have a presence in the FIA World Endurance Championship until 2021.
Aston Martin Racing has been a key pillar of the British marque’s identity since its formation in 2004 in partnership with Prodrive.
AMR won last year’s World Endurance Cup for GT drivers with Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen in the No. 95 Vantage GTE entry.
During a busy day of announcements for Aston Martin at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, it confirmed that it will continue to race in the WEC for a further five seasons, taking it to the end of 2021.
Aston Martin also confirmed in Geneva that it would be launching a new AMR brand for its production cars to strengthen the relationship between the track and the road.
“Each time we have pushed the boundaries and done something extreme, the customers have loved the cars,” Aston Martin EVP and chief creative officer Marek Reichman said.
“AMR enables us to take Aston Martin into a new dimension. One where we can turn-up the sporting DNA present in all of our models and make a true statement.
“An AMR model will have an instantly recognizable design language. One that accentuates and amplifies, together with the latest GT race car technology for the road. They will be special and rare cars that are credible, thrilling to drive and hugely desirable to own.”
Ed Carpenter Racing has signed 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay to drive the full 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, the team announced Wednesday.
VeeKay will drive the No. 21 Chevrolet previously occupied by Spencer Pigot.
“I’m so happy!” the 19-year-old driver from the Netherlands said in a press release. “It’s a dream come true and something we have worked extremely hard for over the last couple of years. To step up from USF2000 to the NTT IndyCar Series in three years is really special.”
In his maiden Indy Lights season this year, VeeKay collected six race victories and seven pole potions. VeeKay previously won the 2018 Indy Pro 2000 championship, and finished second in the 2017 USF2000 standings.
VeeKay’s success in the ladder series caught the attention of Carpenter, who gave VeeKay the opportunity to first test for the team at Portland International Raceway in August.
“I have been following Rinus’s path through the Road to Indy, especially the past two years,” Carpenter said. “It was clear to me that he deserves to be in an Indy car. After his first day in a car at Portland this past season, that feeling became even more apparent. His pace, feedback and demeanor inside the car was very impressive for such a young driver.”
As a driver, Carpenter will be VeeKay’s teammate during the five oval races in 2020, once again returning to the team’s No. 20 entry. An announcement on which driver will pilot the No. 20 on the road and street circuits will be made at a later time.