INDIANAPOLIS – A good thing is starting to form in the Verizon IndyCar Series for the 2018 season. All country teams will be on two organizations for next year, as Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced on Wednesday morning that they have hired two Canadian drivers to pilot both of their full-time cars for the 2018 season.
James Hinchcliffe returns for a fourth season and beyond, as the Oakville, Ontario native signed a “multi-year” deal to remain with the team. His teammate, will be fellow Toronto native Robert Wickens. The duo marks the first all-Canadian lineup in North American open-wheel racing since 2004 (Champ Car; Forsythe Racing: Paul Tracy, Patrick Carpentier).
But, another team with the same countrymen will be featured for 2018 too.
Andretti Autosport has already announced their driver lineup for next season, as all four drivers will be Americans. Ryan Hunter-Reay (Florida), Marco Andretti (Pennsylvania), Alexander Rossi (California) return to the team, while Zach Veach (Ohio) joins them too.
While I don’t want to see every Verizon IndyCar Series team start doing this, I do like that if you’re a fan of American drivers, you know where to find four. Also, if you’re a fan of Canadian drivers, you have a team for that too.
I suspect we will be seeing a lot more Andretti Autosport or Schmidt Peterson Motorsports merchandise around the tracks next season. Fans can relate to this and it’s a very good thing. I wouldn’t mind seeing maybe one more team like this, but not every team can do it. That would be too much. A few teams though, it’s a great thing.