INDIANAPOLIS – The part time seat with Ed Carpenter Racing is now filled. The plans for Scuderia Corsa is unveiled. The 2019 IndyCar Series silly season is nearing its conclusion.
Ed Jones will join Ed Carpenter in the No. 20 Chevrolet for 2019. Carpenter, will drive the five ovals while Jones will pilot the car in the 12 road/street courses. Scuderia Corsa will be a partner all year and have a third car out for Jones in the Month of May for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500.
Now that ECR is filled, what’s left?
Here’s where things stand.
Team Penske (3) – Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power. This team is set with no expansion on a full time basis.
Ed Carpenter Racing/Scuderia Corsa (2) – Spencer Pigot (FT), Ed Carpenter (ovals only), Ed Jones (road/street courses, Indy 500)
Harding/Steinbrenner Racing (2) – Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta. This team is now set
AJ Foyt Racing (2) – Tony Kanaan, Matheus Leist. This team is set with no plans to add a third car.
Carlin (2-3) – It appears that Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball will be back for a second season. Chances are they’ll expand to a third car. If so, expect several drivers including some in F1 to be in the mix. Jordan King could be a big fit here too.
Juncos (1) – Odds of a second car are extremely slim but they do want to run 1 car full time. The seat is open.
Andretti Autosport (4) – Zach Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti. This team is set as all four drivers are signed. If they expand, it will be a partnership deal.
Chip Ganassi Racing (2) – Scott Dixon, Felix Rosenqvist. Team is set with no plans of expansion.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (2) – James Hinchcliffe, Robert Wickens. This team is set with unlikely plans to run a third full time car. Schmidt said the No. 6 is for Wickens for when he is cleared to return. If they need to replace him until he’s ready, they would bring out the No. 7.
Dale Coyne Racing (2-3) – 2 cars definitely with one being Sebastien Bourdais. He will return for a third season with the team. The second seat is open for a lot of drivers but sources have said that Santino Ferrucci is the front runner. Stoffel Vandoorne, Zachary Claman de Melo, Pietro Fittipaldi, Conor Daly, and others make sense here too.
Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing (2-3) – Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato will be back. The team is also interested in expanding to a third car. If so, anyone of those drivers on Coyne’s list could be a factor.
McLaren (1-2) – It’s anyone’s guess here. Fernando Alonso could be with them and he may not be. Is Vandoorne an option?
Thom Burns Racing (1) – Rumored that they could return on a larger capacity in 2019 and have Daly still.
Michael Shank Racing (1) – Highly likely they’re back and likely aligned with SPM. Jack Harvey and AJ Allmendinger the top two options.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (1) – They bought two cars in hopes they can run more than the Indy 500 in the future. Odds are they return with two cars for Indy but a big possibility one of those cars runs a limited schedule too.
Noteable Free Agents Being Mentioned
Alfonso Celis Jr.
Gabby Chaves (likely will be bought out by Harding)
Zachary Claman DeMelo