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Jarett Andretti picks up new major sponsor for second year in PWC

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It’s been a busy year for Jarett Andretti. In addition to spending his rookie season in the Pirelli World Challenge TCR class, he also competed in over 50 sprint car races.

Now, the son of former racer John Andretti, grandson of Aldo Andretti, cousin of IndyCar driver Marco Andretti, nephew of IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti and great-nephew of legendary Mario Andretti, is gearing up for an even busier 2019 race season.

He’ll move to the new Pirelli World Challenge GT4 America Series (formerly PWC GTS/GTSA Series) with a new primary sponsor making its debut in motorsports sponsorship, Endurance Warranty Services, one of the largest providers of vehicle service contracts in the U.S.

Andretti will serve as the company’s primary spokesman through national TV ads, PR, digital and social media.

“On the track, this partnership will continue to help me develop as a driver,” Andretti said in a media release. “The Pirelli World Challenge Series offers competitive racing with championship-caliber teams and drivers.

“It makes you push hard each lap and I enjoy that. I’ve had fun learning and racing the different tracks, too. I just feel that sports car racing helps you become an overall better driver.

“Now having Endurance behind us, we know that we’ll have the proper planning and funding to make a championship run next year.”

The 26-year-old Indianapolis resident has won championships in go-karts, the USAC Eastern Ignite Pavement Midget Series, the 410 Sprint Car division at the Lawrenceburg Speedway and is also an Indiana Sprint Car Series champion.

In addition, Andretti was the 2014 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year and a former Rookie of the Year at the Oswego Speedway in the supermodified class.

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Simona de Silvestro to become Venturi Formula E test driver

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Simona de Silvestro will become a test driver for the Venturi Formula E team for 2018/2019 season.In addition

De Silvestro previously raced limited events in the series during the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons.

I’m delighted to make my return to Formula E as a test driver for Venturi Formula E Team and I’m grateful to Susie (Wolff, team principal) and Gildo (Pastor, team president) for the opportunity,” de Silvestro said on SpeedCafe.com.

“Since competing in Season 2, I’ve kept a close eye on the Formula E championship and followed its development with interest,” de Silvestro continued. “The arrival of the new Gen2 car represents a huge milestone for the series and I am very happy to be back in an active role at this exciting and important time.”

De Silvestro has raced in Australian Supercars since 2017. She will continue to race in that series with Kelly Racing as she balances her time with Venturi.

The bulk of de Silvestro’s testing will be done in its simulator in Monaco.

“The next 12 months will be really busy for me with both Formula E and my Australian Supercars commitments but I’m ready for the challenge and it’s a joy to be working with such a well connected and committed team as Venturi,” de Silvestro said.

“Simona is a real team player and a driver I was keen to work with,” said team principal Wolff. “She has a very positive attitude and no-nonsense approach to her work which will fit in well with the team.”