Zach Veach, Frankie Montecalvo to race for Vasser Sullivan

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Zach Veach and Frankie Montecalvo will race for Vasser Sullivan in the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD class as co-drivers of the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3.

Montecalvo returns to Vasser Sullivan for a third season in the GTD class. In 2020, he earned his first IMSA victory at Road America and poles at Sebring and Road Atlanta. Montecalvo finished on the podium once more in 2020. He was second in the WaetherTech 240 on the Daytona International Road Course.

“We are excited to announce that we have signed Frankie Montecalvo and Zach Veach to drive the No. 12 for the 2021 IMSA GTD class championship season,” Vasser Sullivan said in a release. “After two seasons with us, Frankie has now become a contender for a pole and/or a win every weekend.  We expect you’ll see more of this from Frankie in the ’21 season.”

Veach is making his first foray into sports car racing. Veach’s best finish in the NTT IndyCar Series was a fourth, which he earned twice. His first fourth-place finish came in his rookie season of 2018 on the Streets of Long Beach. His second and most recent was earned on the Texas Motor Speedway oval racing for Andretti Autosport.

Veach’s next 10 starts with Andretti landed well outside the top 10. Driver and team agreed to part ways with three races remaining.

“The timing with Zach is perfect as he transitions to the next stage of his career in sports cars after a great run in IndyCar,” the team said.

Veach relocated to Charlotte in order to be closer to the team and speed up his transition from open wheel racing to GTD.

During the off season, Vasser Sullivan and AIM Autosport also chose to part ways.

Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz will also return to Vasser Sullivan as full-season co-drivers of the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3.

All four drivers will participate in the ROAR Before the Rolex 24, January 21-24, 2021.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.