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2021 IndyCar Silly Season
Facts & Predictions
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

“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
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 Autosport 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 - Scott McLaughlin will drive full-time in IndyCar for Team Penske next year.
He will be paired with Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud as Penske
expands to four cars again for the first time in four years.