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Dreyer & Reinbold Racing to announce second Indy 500 entry/driver Thursday

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After fielding single-car entries for the last six editions of the Indianapolis 500, Dreyer and Reinbold Racing will announce Thursday that it will field a second car in this year’s Greatest Spectacle In Racing.

2013 Indy Lights champ Sage Karam has already been announced to drive DRR’s first entry, the No. 24 WIX Filters Chevrolet. It will mark the fourth time Karam has driven for DRR, with finishes of ninth in 2014, 32nd in 2016 and 28th in 2017.

Karam also raced in the 2015 Indy 500 for Chip Ganassi, finishing 32nd.

One name that has been frequently mentioned in the rumor mill to fill the seat of the second DRR entry is 2009 Indy Lights champion J.R. Hildebrand. Two-time Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, who does not have a ride for this year’s race, is also available, among others.

MORE: Karam reunites with Dreyer and Reinbold for Indy 500 effort

The announcement will be made during a media teleconference at 2:30 p.m. ET. Team co-owner Dennis Reinbold and the second driver will be on the call.

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is expected to use this year’s 500 as a stepping-off point to return to the IndyCar Series with at least one full-time entry next season.

DRR has raced intermittently at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since the 1920s with car builder Floyd “Pop” Dreyer.

Dreyer’s grandson, Dennis Reinbold, has served as a car owner in the Indy 500 since 1999 and has recorded four top-10 finishes, including a best of fourth in 2012.

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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.