Daly Out, Campana In at Lazarus for GP2 Monza

Conor Daly has lost his drive at the Venezuela GP Lazarus team ahead of this weekend’s GP2 Series round at Monza, with Italian Sergio Campana taking his drive.

American Daly was informed by the GP2 Series outfit that he would not be retained following the races at Spa-Francorchamps due to a shortfall in budget. His best finish of 2014 had been seventh in the Sprint race in Hungary, matching his best result he achieved on his GP2 Series debut for Hilmer Motorsport in Malaysia in 2013.

“Unfortunately I’ve been informed I won’t be racing at Monza this weekend,” said Daly. “I’m being replaced due to lack of funding. Gutted.

“Have to thank Lazarus for working with me in the difficult situation as long as they did. Can only look ahead. Ready for whatever is next. I’ll be back.”

22-year-old Daly has long been linked with a move to the IndyCar Series in America, having made his Indianapolis 500 debut in 2013 with AJ Foyt Enterprises, finishing 22nd, and with budgetary issues hindering his ambitions to be a Formula 1 driver, a move across the Atlantic to IndyCar might be the move he has to make to forward his career.

His replacement Campana has raced once in GP2 before, competing for the Trident team, also at Monza, back in 2013, where he finished 15th in the Feature race. He has been racing primarily in the Formula Acceleration 1 Series in 2014, and also competed in the opening round of the Auto GP World Series with Zele Racing.