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IndyCar Silly Season
Oct 12 - Oliver Askew and Arrow McLaren SP will part ways after
the 2020 season.  Askew, who sat out the Harvest Grand Prix this
month due to concussion-like symptoms, will race in the season finale
at St. Petersburg, assuming he is cleared medically to race.  

The reigning Indy Lights champion experienced a promising start to
his rookie season in the No. 7 Chevy, earning ninth on his debut at
Texas, and adding a third and a sixth at Iowa. A pair of hard crashes
at Indianapolis – on the road course in July, and at the Indy 500 in
August – appeared to be the cause of the 23-year-old's with lingering
concussion-like effects that resulted in a downturn in results.
Oct 13 - Pato O’Ward has signed a contract extension with Arrow
McLaren SP
through 2021.

“The entire team and I are thrilled to have Pato back in the car next
year,” said co-owner Sam Schmidt. “He has shown incredible form
this year and has kept himself in the championship hunt all season
long. I think he has the potential to compete at the highest level in
the NTT IndyCar Series for a long time.”
Oct 13 – Felix Rosenqvist is expected to be announced as the
replacement for Oliver Askew at
Arrow McLaren SP in the No. 7
Chevy.  

Asked if he was under contract for 2021, Ganassi said “Felix
Rosenqvist is under contract through the end of the year.”

Beyond Dixon, and an intent to run
Jimmie Johnson on road and
street courses, CGR’s plans for next season, including who might
replace Rosenqvist, and whether Johnson would slot into his car,
await confirmation.
Oct 14 - Reigning Formula E champion and former BMW factory driver
Antonio Felix da Costa will test Graham Rahal’s Rahal Letterman
Lanigan Racing
No. 15 Honda IndyCar on November 2.

The Portuguese ace, who developed a relationship with Rahal through
the Indy 500 winner’s BMW Team RLL IMSA program, and has an
extensive background in open-wheel cars, will sample the car at
Barber Motorsports Park.
Sept 10 - Seven-time Nascar Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson will begin
driving for
Chip Ganassi Racing's IndyCar team next year.  For now,
Johnson plans to only race on road and street courses.  He says his wife
doesn't want him racing on ovals due to the danger.  He signed a two-
year deal.

Johnson, who is retiring from NASCAR may still compete in a limited
number of Nascar races next year for Ganassi.  At 44, Johnson will be
the oldest driver in IndyCar.
Sept 24 - Zach Veach's 3-year IndyCar contract with Andretti Auto-
sport
ends this season and will not be renewed.  Veach is leaving the
team now and will miss the final three races of the season.
Sept 25 - James Hinchcliffe will be driving Veach's #26 Andretti
Autosport
car in the final three IndyCar races of this year.
Sept 24 - Australian Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin will race
in his first IndyCar race at St Pete this year, driving for
Team Penske.
Sept 24 - Oliver Askew will sit out the Harvest Grand Prix due to
concussion-like symptoms that may have resulted from his crash at
the Indy 500.  Filling in for him at Arrow McLaren Sp will be
Helio
Castroneves
.
July 10 - Fernando Alonso has signed a two-year deal to begin racing
next year for the
Renault F1 team.  Renault has specified that Alonso
will not be allowed to compete in other series during his tenure there.  
The two-time World Driving Champion will not be able to take another
crack at the Indy 500 until 2023.
Oct 22 - 27-year-old Scott McLaughlin will drive full-time in IndyCar
for
Team Penske next year.

Team Penske expands to four cars.  Their line-up is now set:
#2  Josef Newgarden (American)
#3  Scott McLaughlin (Kiwi)
#12  Will Power  (Aussie)
#22  Simon Pagenaud (French)
Oct 25 - Ed Carpenter Racing has re-signed Rinus VeeKay,
20-year-old Dutch rookie, for next season.
Oct 28 - DragonSpeed Racing is giving up on their attempt to race
IndyCar after two seasons.  A sports car team, they have fielded driver
Ben Hanley.  They competed at Barber once and the Indy 500 twice.  

Meyer Shank Racing purchased their DW12 chassis in plans to
expand to a two-car team.
Oct 28 -  Chip Ganassi Racing announced a multi-year contract
extension for
Marcus Ericsson after his first year with the team even
though apparently he has lost his primary sponsor - Huski Chocolate.

Ganassi still needs a oval-track driver for Jimmie Johnson's #48 car.
Oct 29 - It's official - Felix Rosenvist is moving from Chip Ganassi Racing
to
Arrow McLaren SP next season.

Arrow McLaren SP's two-car line-up is now set:
#5 Pato O'Ward (Mexican)
#7 Felix Rosenqvist (Swede)
Oct 29 - 23-year-old Rookie Alex Palou is moving from Dale Coyne
Racing with Team Goh to
Chip Ganassi Racing next season.

Chip Ganassi Racing expands to four cars.  Their line-up is now set:
#8  Marcus Ericsson (Swede)
#9  Scott Dixon (Kiwi)
#10  Alex Palou (Spanish)
#48  Jimmie Johnson (American)
TEAM
CONFIRMED DRIVERS
AJ Foyt Racing
CAR#
4
14
?
Sebastien Bourdais
Sept 15 - AJ Foyt Racing hires Sebastien Bourdais full time for
IndyCar in 2021.

He has raced full time in the IMSA circuit this season without making
any NTT IndyCar Series starts but will drive the final three races in
2020 for Foyt.
Andretti Autosport
26
27
28
88
98
   ?
Alex Rossi
?
Colton Herta
?  
2021 INDYCAR DRIVERS CONFIRMED as of Nov 23, 2020
Pato O'Ward
Felix Rosenqvist
5
7
Arrow McLaren SP
59
Carlin
Dale Coyne Racing
18
55
Ed Carpenter

Rinus VeeKay
20
20
21
Ed Carpenter Racing
?
24
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
NOTES
Oval Tracks only
Road & Street Courses
Partial Season
Sage Karam probably
Team might not return


Ryan Hunter-Reay probably

Marco Andretti probably
8
9
10
48

48
Marcus Ericsson
Scott Dixon
Alex Palou
Jimmie Johnson

Tony Kanaan



Road & Street Courses
Oval Tracks
Chip Ganassi Racing
60
6
Jack Harvey
Helio Castroneves

10 races planned
Meyer Shank Racing
2
3
12
22
Josef Newgarden
Scott McLaughlin
Will Power
Simon Pagenaud

Rookie
Team Penske
Graham Rahal
Takuma Sato
15
30
Rahal Letterman Lanigan
Racing
Oct 24 - Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has re-signed Takuma Sato for
2021.

Sato won the Indy 500 for them this year.
?
?
?
2020 DRIVERS NOT CONFIRMED:
Conor Daly
Santino Ferrucci
Marco Andretti
Ryan Hunter-Reay
James Hinchcliffe
Max Chilton
Oliver Askew
Sage Karam
Zach Veach
Dalton Kellett
Charlie Kimball
FREE DRIVERS
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Updated: 11/23/2020
Nov 11 - Meyer Shank Racing hired Helio Castroneves to drive a
second car (#6) for them in 2021.  They hope to run the car in 10
races.

The 3-time Indy 500 winner has been competing in IMSA full-time
since 2018, driving for Team Penske.
Nov 23 - Chip Ganassi Racing has signed Tony Kanaan to a multi-
year deal to drive its No. 48 for the ovals tracks, complementing the
road and street course events being contested in that car by
Jimmie
Johnson
.