Eng “100% interested” in BMW Andretti Formula E spot

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DTM driver Philipp Eng says he is “100% interested” and “wishing” for the BMW Andretti seat in Formula E, now vacant after Alexander Sims signed for Mahindra Racing.

Although Sims will continue his association with the German manufacturer as a GT driver, he left BMW’s FE squad after two seasons in which he scored three pole positions and a race win.

With two-time E-Prix victor Maximilian Guenther extending his deal at the team for the 2020-21 term, Austrian racer Eng – who drives for BMW Team RBM in the DTM – has emerged as a favourite for the seat after his recent test in the iFE.20 car.

When asked by Autosport if he was interested in an all-electric move, Eng said: “Yes, 100%.

“It’s a great championship with many, many great drivers in there.

“I was obviously following Formula E anyway because BMW is heavily involved, and they had a

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Eng “100% interested” in BMW Andretti Formula E spot – Formula E

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DTM driver Philipp Eng says he is “100% interested” and “wishing” for the BMW Andretti seat in Formula E, now vacant after Alexander Sims signed for Mahindra Racing.

Although Sims will continue his association with the German manufacturer as a GT driver, he left BMW’s FE squad after two seasons in which he scored three pole positions and a race win.

With two-time E-Prix victor Maximilian Guenther extending his deal at the team for the 2020-21 term, Austrian racer Eng – who drives for BMW Team RBM in the DTM – has emerged as a favourite for the seat after his recent test in the iFE.20 car.

When asked by Autosport if he was interested in an all-electric move, Eng said: “Yes, 100%.

“It’s a great championship with many, many great drivers in there.

“I was obviously following Formula E anyway because BMW is heavily involved, and they had a

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Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport Racer Earns First Indy Pro 2000 Win

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Devlin DeFrancesco has proven to be a quick learner in his rookie season of competition on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. Today at World Wide Technology Raceway, DeFrancesco drove like a veteran in only his second ever start on an oval, leading throughout the closely contested Indy Pro 2000 Oval Challenge of St. Louis Presented by Cooper Tires.

The 20-year-old Italian-Canadian from Toronto, Ont., Canada, had to work hard for his laurels, heading an intense four-car battle throughout the 55-lap race. On the final lap, Braden Eves (Exclusive Autosport), from New Albany, Ohio, squeezed past Russia’s Artem Petrov to secure second position, with Petrov’s Juncos Racing teammate Sting Ray Robb, from Payette, Idaho, also close behind in fourth.

After securing the Cooper Tires Pole Award yesterday, DeFrancesco made an exemplary start under cloudy skies to lead the field into Turn One. Petrov tucked into second place ahead

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Massive wreck at start eliminates three Andretti cars from Gateway

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A six-car crash on the way to the green flag eliminated three Andretti Autosport drivers before the start of Saturday’s NTT IndyCar Series race at World Wide Technolgy Raceway at Gateway.

Andretti teammates Alexander Rossi, Marco Andretti and Zach Veach were knocked out by damage from the crash, which seemed to start when several cars slowed off Turn 4 because of a late green flag as pole-sitter Will Power led the field.

Alex Palou pulled out of line and was followed by Simon Pagenaud, who then was hit by Oliver Askew. That started a chain reaction that collected the Andretti cars.

IndyCar officials penalized Palou and Askew for avoidable contact and sent both to the back of the field on the restart.

Veach said he tried to move to the middle lane when the inside lane slowed.

“That’s when I saw Pagenaud sideways,” Veach said on NBCSN. “From that point,

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Andretti cars never really competitive | Racing

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INDIANAPOLIS – Michael Andretti brought the perfect setup to Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

His cars were fast, his drivers qualified well and with a bevy of experience and two race winners on his six-car team, Andretti Autosport looked like the clear favorite.

Instead, the old struggles returned inside the empty track and sent the Andrettis home empty-handed yet again.

“It’s too bad for the team,” Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe said. “We were all kind of clumped together at around the top 10, but we wanted to be a little higher than that.”

There have been worse results and more challenging days, of course.

But after such a promising start to August, this was tough to accept.

Andretti’s son, Marco, won the pole and spent most of the previous two weeks at or near the top of the practice charts. Three of Andretti’s five other drivers made the nine-car pole shootout and

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Indy serves up a cocktail of miseries for Andretti Autosport

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The table was set for an Andretti butt-kicking. Marco Andretti was on pole, Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe and Alexander Rossi were starting fifth, sixth and ninth, with Colton Herta taking the green flag from the 10th slot. They’d been fast in practice, in traffic and in windy and hot conditions.

But Sunday’s 104th Indianapolis 500 turned out to be a huge disappointment for Michael Andretti’s team.

His son never led a lap and finished 13th, while his top gun hit the wall after a questionable penalty and one of his former winners was fast early before being derailed in the pits.

It’s hard to imagine Hinch’s seventh place as the best showing.

“What a nightmare,” said one of the Andretti crewman as he trudged back to Gasoline Alley.

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Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport in Good Shape for Indy Pole Run

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INDIANAPOLIS – The boost was turned up, but the suspects remained the same during “Fast Friday” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Andretti Autosport ended Friday with all seven of its cars or affiliated cars in the top 15 during the final full day of practice before Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying for the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

There are six drivers racing out of the Andretti Autosport stable for this event. Meyer Shank Racing, which has Jack Harvey as its driver, is a satellite team sharing and engineering alliance with Michael Andretti’s organization and counts as the seventh for the “500.”

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Alexander Rossi on the Andretti Dominance at the 2020 Indy 500

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2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi is notoriously great at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: the Californian has never finished lower than seventh. What goes on in the head of someone who’s pretty consistently successful at the biggest race in the world? In a recent interview with Jalopnik, Rossi opens up about the atmosphere in the impressive-looking Andretti Autosport and what he’s expecting from the 104th running of the world’s biggest race.

Elizabeth Blackstock: Last year when you started the 500, you started from ninth as well. What is it going to take for you to win this time around?

Alexander Rossi: I think the big difference this year to last year is Honda has come with a really strong package from the engine standpoint. We feel like we have a little bit of an advantage. I think we missed a

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Could prime Indianapolis 500 starting spot help Marco break the Andretti Curse?

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Marco Andretti’s first memories of the Indianapolis 500 (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET) were not made inside the walls of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They come from the parking lot outside Turn 2. That’s where the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Motel, better known simply as the “Speedway Motel,” stood from 1963 to 2009. Every May, the old-school, 96-room motor lodge was the residency of the greatest names in 500 history.

When Mario Andretti started racing there in 1965, his little boy Michael would play on the balcony of the family’s room at the Speedway Motel and swim in the courtyard pool that was lined with those balconies, all while the motel was shaken with the roar of his father laying down hot laps on the 2.5-mile rectangular racetrack only a few hundred yards away.

In the late 1980s, it was Michael’s son who was on the balcony and in the pool, while

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As planned, final Indy 500 practice ‘uncomfortable’ for Marco Andretti

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Indy 500 pole-sitter Marco Andretti gritted through his Carb Day in a thoroughly unenjoyable final practice Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Which was precisely the plan for the Andretti Autosport driver.

After leading the speed charts for the past three days at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (including Fast Friday and two days of qualifying), Andretti’s No. 98 Dallara-Honda team worked to ensure they knew which setup adjustments to avoid making during Sunday’s 104th Indy 500.

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“Today the goal was to put myself in the most uncomfortable circumstances possible because we’re not planning on leading 200 laps,” Andretti told hosts Mike Tirico and Danica Patrick in an NBCSN interview after the two-hour session. “That would be beautiful. But we know there’s going to be a state of adversity

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