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June 2024 News
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IndyCar Driver Shuffle

Meyer Shank Racing
Blomqvist OUT, Malukas IN

June 7 - MSR moved their IMSA driver, Tom
Blomqvist
, to IndyCar this year.

They fielded a third car for the Indy 500 and hired
Helio Castroneves to drive it.  

After the 500, MSR decided to replace Blomqvist
in the No. 66 car, though they will retain him on
their roster in case they return to IMSA next year.

Castroneves was tapped to drive the car at
Detroit and Road America.

David Malukas was hired by Arrow McLaren
over the winter.  Before the first IndyCar race this
year, Malukas was injured in a biking accident and
had to have surgery on his wrist.  That prevented
him from starting any races.  Eventually, McLaren
cut him from their roster.

MSR has hired Malukas to drive the No. 66 car for
the rest of the season beginning at Laguna Seca
later this month.
Juncos Hollinger Racing
Argentine Fans Online Harassment Backfires

June 7 - JHR suddenly benched Argentine driver
Augustin Canapino for this weekend's IndyCar
race at Road America.

This decision is the result of fallout from abusive
comments on-line directed to certain IndyCar
drivers from Canapino's Argentine fans.

Last year, it was
Callum Ilott who found himself
on the outs with his fans.  

This week, it was rookie
Theo Pourchaire, who
was bashed online after his run in with Canapino
at the Detroit Grand Prix last weekend.  
Pourchaire reportedly received death threats.  
(Pourchaire was recently chosen as replacement
driver for Malukas in the McLaren No. 6.)

Team co-owner
Brad Hollinger indicated that
the media situation may be interfering with
Canapino's state of mind, so it was decided to
rest him this week.

The team tagged
Nolan Siegel to fill in for
Canapino.  Siegel was already at Road America,
racing in INDY NXT.  Siegel, got his first taste of
IndyCar this year when he raced at Long Beach
for Dale Coyne Racing.  

Kiko Porto will fill in for Siegel in the INDY NXT
race.
Nolan Siegel
Augustin Canapino & Ricardo Juncos
Driver and team owner both from Argentina
Theo Pourchaire
David Malukas
IndyCar Drivers Compete at Le Mans

June 17 - The 24 Hours of Le Mans was ran this weekend and several IndyCar drives participated.

INDY NXT driver
Nolan Siegel won the LMP2 class for United Autosports.

Three Ganassi drivers competed -
Alex Palou finished 7th overall, driving the #2 for Ganassi Cadillac Racing,
while the #3 Cadillac of
Scott Dixon did not finish.  

Kyffin Simpson raced for Nielsen Racing and finished 25th overall.

Also competing at Le Mans was -
Romain Grosjean whom finished 13th overall, driving the #19 Lamborghini for Iron Lynx.
Callum Ilott finished 8th overall in the #12 Hertz Team Jota car.

In addition, two Penske Porsches finished the race 4th and 6th.
CLASS
Hypercar
LMP2
LMGT3
CAR
#50
#22
#91
TEAM
Ferrari AF Corsa
United Autosports
Manthey EMA
DRIVERS
Antonio Fuoco, Miguel Molina and Nicklas Nielsen
Bijoy Garg, Oliver Jarvis and Nolan Seigel
Richard Lietz, Morris Schuring and Yasser Shahin
The 2024 Le Mans Winners
OVERALL
FINISH
1st
15th
27th
IndyCar Driver Shuffle - Part 2

June 18 - Between all the driver shuffling at some
IndyCar teams this year, keeping track of the
drivers is becoming confusing.

No sooner had
Theo Pourchaire been selected to
be the permanent driver of the McLaren #6 car,
the IndyCar team changed their mind and signed
Indy NXT driver
Nolan Siegel to a multi-year deal
this week.

As noted in the article above,
Nolan Siegel raced
at Le Mans last weekend for United Autosports.
That team is owned by
Richard Dean and
McLaren CEO
Zak Brown.  Afterwards, Dean
called Brown to rave about Siegel.  That led to
Arrow McLaren signing Siegel to a multi-year
contract to drive the No. 6 car beginning at the
next race - Laguna Seca.
That, of course, puts Pourchaire out of a racing
seat.  Pourchaire had quit his Super Formula ride
at the beginning of the year to join IndyCar.
However, he will continue to be the Sauber F1
reserve driver.  Pourchaire raced in five non-oval
races this year, with finishes of 11th, 22nd, 19th,
10th and 13th.

Siegel gained some IndyCar experience this year.
He finished 20th at Long Beach driving for Dale
Coyne Racing.  He was tapped at the last second
to race at Road America for Juncos Hollinger
Racing, where he finished 23rd.

Update June 26 - Toby Sowery will get his first
IndyCar start at Mid-Ohio, driving the Dale Coyne
Racing
No. 51 entry.