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Senna completes stacked United Autosports line-up for Rolex 24

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Bruno Senna has completed United Autosports’ stacked driver line-up for the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.

The nephew of Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna, Bruno has focused chiefly on endurance racing since making his last grand prix start in 2012.

Senna clinched his first motorsport title at the end of last month after a stunning fightback in the FIA World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain, wrapping up the LMP2 drivers’ title alongside Julien Canal for Rebellion Racing.

The Brazilian will now venture to Daytona International Speedway for the Rolex 24 next month, becoming the seventh and final driver for United Autosports’ two-car entry.

Senna will partner Will Owen, Hugo de Sadeleer and Paul Di Resta for the endurance classic, with Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris and Phil Hanson teaming up in the second Ligier JS P217.

“I’m very excited to join United Autosports on this challenge for Daytona,” Senna said.

“It’s an incredibly accomplished team and with the experience from 2017, great technical talent, as well as the incredibly strong driver line-up, we should be up for a good fight right from the start!”

Team co-owner Zak Brown added: “I’m thrilled we have completed our Rolex 24 At Daytona line up and that Bruno will be joining the team.

“He’s a fantastic driver and a proven race and championship winner so will be a great asset to our team.”

Senna will feature in the pre-Daytona ‘Roar Before the 24’ test on January 5-7 before racing two weeks later on January 26-27.

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.