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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.
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 14 - Reigning Formula E champion and former BMW factory driver
Antonio Felix da Costa will test 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 - Helio Castroneves will fill in for Oliver Askew at Arrow
McLaren SP
at the Harvest Grand Prix.  Askew has been suffering
from some concussion-like symptoms.
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
11
Dalton Kellett
Sebastien Bourdais
Charlie Kimball
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
AJ Foyt Racing.
Andretti Autosport
88
27
28
29
98
Colton Herta
Alex Rossi
Ryan Hunter-Reay
James Hinchcliffe
Marco Andretti  
2021 INDYCAR DRIVERS CONFIRMED as of March 4, 2021
Pato O'Ward
Felix Rosenqvist
5
7
Arrow McLaren SP
59
59
Carlin
Dale Coyne Racing
18
51
51
52
Ed Carpenter
Conor Daly
Rinus VeeKay
20
20
21
Ed Carpenter Racing
NOTES
Oval Tracks only
Road & Street plus Indy 500
Street/Road Courses & Indy 500
Texas oval
Marco Andretti will compete
in Indy 500 and maybe a few
other races.


part-time
with Vasser/Sullivan
Street and road courses
Oval tracks
with Rick Ware Racing
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 2020 Indy 500 with the team.
Max Chilton
Conor Daly
Ed Jones
Romain Grosjean
Pietro Fittipaldi
?  - part time
Santino Ferrucci - Racing in Indy 500 for RLL.  Will race in Nascar Xfinity series in 2021
Oliver Askew
Sage Karam - Racing in Indy 500 for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Zach Veach - will be racing the GT Daytona class in IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship in 2021.
2020 INDYCAR DRIVERS without IndyCar Rides
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Updated: 04/27/2021
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. They won the DPi class
championship this year for Acura.
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
.
Dec 8 - The Gainbridge sponsorship that Zach Veach brought to both
the Indy Speedway and the
Andretti Autosport team will continue!
Colton Herta has been shifted from the #88 Harding Steinbrenner
car to the #26 Andretti entry sponsored by Gainbridge.
Dec 16 - Dalton Kellett has re-signed with AJ Foyt Racing and will
contest all 17 races in 2021. He switches from car number #14 to #4.
The former Indy Lights driver competed in 7 IndyCar road races in
2020 with a best finish of 20th. He also raced in the Indy 500.  
Kellett will again be sponsored by K Line Insulators USA.
Dec 18 - Conor Daly will again pilot the #20 U.S. Air Force Chevy on
road and street courses at Ed Carpenter racing, while Ed Carpenter
races it on the oval tracks.  Daly will race in a third ECR entry for the
Indy 500.
Jan 14, 2021 - Ryan Hunter-Reay extended his contract with
Andretti Autosport to drive the #28 Honda.  This will be the 12th year
in a row that the  2012 series champion/2014 Indy 500 winner will drive
for the team with sponsor DHL.
Jan 15, 2021 - Marco Andretti has decided to stop racing IndyCars,
except for the Indy 500.  "I definitely am going to keep driving. I still have
a deep passion for it and have unfinished business to take care of and
some boxes that I want to check before I consider retiring as a driver."
Jan 24, 2021 - It's been reported that Dale Coyne Racing has offered
Formula 1 driver,
Romain Grosjean, a full-time IndyCar ride and that
Peugeot wants him for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Grosjean says he is
weighing his options.
Jan 26, 2021 - Six-time IndyCar race-winner James Hinchcliffe will
become a full-time
Andretti Autosport Honda driver in 2021, as
Genesys steps up its commitment to the popular Canadian racer.
Jan 27, 2021 - Ed Jones makes his return to IndyCar after having sat
out of the series in 2020.  The 2016 Indy Lights Champion will be driving
the No. 18 SealMaster Honda for
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser
Sullivan
.  The Brit previously raced IndyCars for Dale Coyne (2017),
Chip Ganassi (2018) and Ed Carpenter (2019).
Jan 29, 2021 - Dale Coyne Racing welcomes Rick Ware Racing to a
partnership to campaign the No. 51 Honda on a full-time basis, and an
additional car, the No. 52 Honda, as a part-time effort.
RWR is a staple in stock car racing and steps into the empty co-entrant
position filled by Team Goh in 2020.
The team said they would announce drivers next week.
Jan 30, 2021 - In an interview during the Rolex 24, 25-year-old Cody
Ware
said that he was going to do some IndyCar races this year.  Ware
recently signed to race full-time in the Nascar Cup series for Rick Ware
Racing.  I expect he is the driver that will be driving the #52 Honda,
mentioned above.  He has 23 Cup races under his belt, and he won the
Asian LeMans series championship last year.
Feb 3, 2021 - Romain Grosjean has joined Dale Coyne Racing to
race at all IndyCar events in 2021 except for the three oval tracks.
The 34-year-old Frenchman has spent the past nine seasons racing
in Formula 1.  He survived a horrific fiery accident Nov 29, 2020
during the Bahrain Grand Prix, and his burned hands are still healing.
Feb 11, 2021 - Charlie Kimball will be back at AJ Foyt Racing driving
the No. 11 Chevy in the Indy Grand Prix and the Indy 500 in May.
Novo Nordisk continues their sponsorship of Kimball.




part-time
Mar 4, 2021 - Roman Grosjean does not want to race on ovals, so
Dale Coyne has hired Pietro Fittipaldi to fill in for him at those races
in the No. 51 entry.  Fittipaldi drove a partial season for Coyne' Indy
Car team in 2018.

Fittipaldi is the reserve driver for the Haas Formula 1 which Grosjean
raced for, so they know each other.  Pietro filled in for Grosjean in F1
last year when Grosjean was injured at the end of the season.

Fittipaldi is the grandson of two-time Indy 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi.  
Mar 5, 2021 - Max Chilton will race for Carlin again.  Other than the
Indy 500, Chilton will not race on the other ovals (Iowa and Texas.)
Perhaps Conor Daly will drive the Carlin racer at those events.
Mar 27, 2021 - Carlin Racing announced Conor Daly will drive Chilton's
No. 59 racer at the two races on the Texas oval track this weekend.  
Between this and driving for Ed Carpenter Racing, all that is missing for
Daly is the Iowa race, and I would not be surprised to see Carlin run him
at this race too.  He captured pole at that track last year for Carlin.