INDIANAPOLIS – Normally, the second seat with Dale Coyne Racing is reserved for “TBA” through at least February. In some instances, we wondered if the man, the myth, the legend “TBA” may actually get some practice laps at St. Pete because the team went so long without naming a driver.
Well, we still haven’t sat down to eat our Thanksgiving feasts yet and “TBA” is already without a ride. In fact, it may be a long season for old “TBA.”
DCR named Santino Ferrucci as their full time driver for the No. 19 Honda for the 2019 IndyCar Series season meaning that the full time entrants all almost at capacity.
Here’s where we stand now. Disclosure, this only notes for full time rides, not Indy only.
Team Penske (3) – Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power. This team is set with no more movement.
Ed Carpenter Racing/Scuderia Corsa (2) – Spencer Pigot, Ed Carpenter (ovals)/Ed Jones (Road/Street Courses & Indy 500). This team is set with two full time cars with Carpenter and Jones splitting time in the No. 20 Chevrolet.
AJ Foyt Racing (2) – Matheus Leist, Tony Kanaan. This team is set with no more expansion for a full season.
Harding Racing/Steinbrenner Racing (2) – Patricio O’Ward R, Colton Herta R. While it’s not “confirmed” they will be Chevy powered, all signs point to that. This team likely will remain with two full time cars.
Carlin (2-3) – No drivers are announced here yet but sources say that both Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball are the front runners to return again. Trevor Carlin said at the end of last season he was 70/30 on expanding to a third car. There’s still potential here for that to happen.
Juncos (1-2) – The team bought a second chassis with hopes of running a second car part time. We know at least one car will be full time with the goal of making the second one appear in more races. Both seats are open at the moment.
Andretti Autosport (4) – Zach Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti. This team is 100-percent set.
Chip Ganassi Racing (2) – Scott Dixon, Felix Rosenqvist R. The team is set with no goal of expansion in 2019.
Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing (2-3) – Graham Rahal, Takuma Sato, Jordan King (PT). Rahal and Sato are definitely back with a third car coming out at Indy for King. The potential is there for more races in the third entry, as many as 10 in fact.
Dale Coyne Racing (2) – Sebastien Bourdais, Santino Ferrucci R. The team is now set with a small chance of a third car coming out. It’s not likely to be seen however.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (2) – James Hinchcliffe, Marcus Ericsson R. The team is set on two cars unless Robert Wickens makes a huge improvement this season and get back behind the wheel. Ericsson, will drive the No. 7 Honda as the team leaves the No. 6 Honda reserved for Wickens and Wickens only.
Meyer/Shank Racing (1) – Jack Harvey. The team is going to be partnered with SPM again and Harvey will be the driver. Unless someone brings a big check, they’ll remain a single car team. The question is, will they go full time.
Carlin – Both seats, potentially a third one
Juncos – 1 to 2 seats
Notable Free Agents
Zachary Claman DeMelo
Alfonso Celis Jr.