Nolan Siegel replaces Agustin Canapino this weekend

Affected by the repercussions of the social media affair involving him and Théo Pourchaire, Agustin Canapino decided to leave the seat of the No. 78 Juncos Hollinger to Nolan Siegel this weekend, at Road America.

Published on 07/06/2024 à 21:46

Michael Duforest

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Nolan Siegel replaces Agustin Canapino this weekend

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Some Canapino fans have directed death threats against Theo Pourchaire, guilty of a collision with the Argentine driver last Sunday in Detroit. While McLaren and Juncos Hollinger strongly condemned these threats, Canapino downplayed them in a statement. Argentinian media Carburando then reported that Canapino wanted to see Pourchaire and Arrow McLaren apologize for their comments, which he said painted a picture far from reality.

The Woking team has since announced that it has terminated the commercial partnership agreement between the two entities. This weekend, Canapino will not race in the car #78, leaving his seat to Nolan Siegel. The young American is committed to a part-time campaign with Dale Coyne Racing, as well as a full season of Indy NXT. He failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 last month.

Juncos Hollinger worried about Canapino's safety

Brad Hollinger, co-owner of Juncos Hollinger Racing, spoke in a press release: « Online abuse is unacceptable and we must ensure our drivers are mentally and physically prepared when they get in the car. We are saddened by the events that led to this scenario. »

The team also added that the safety and mental health of Canapino, as well as the entire paddock of theIndyCar, are priorities in this difficult period. Siegel will therefore team up this weekend at Road America (Wisconsin) with Romain Grosjean, who will drive the No. 77 Dallara-Chevrolet, as he does throughout the entire season. We do not yet know the duration of the absence of Agustin Canapino, who could return to the wheel in two weeks, at Laguna Seca in California.

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