The 2019 racing season is almost upon us. The Chili Bowl is in two weeks and the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona at the end of the month. With that being said, now that the calendar has turned to 2019, how many rides are still left in the two major racing series’ in North America?
Stewart-Haas Racing just revealed that Daniel Suarez will pilot the No. 41 Ford for 2019, leaving no major seats open in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In fact, their silly season is just about over. The only rides left are with Rick Ware Racing, Premium Motorsports and Spire Motorsports. Other than that, everything is secured. The dates and times are lined up and so are a majority of the rides. The only thing left to fully announce is who the 36 charters are going to. Even that, is going to be involving some of the back markers as the big teams have charters already.
So, what about the IndyCar Series. Most of their full time rides are filled too. The only ones remaining are what Carlin is going to do with their two seats and if they’ll expand to a third car on a full time basis. Rumors are they will stay status quo with Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball returning for a second season. Team owner Trevor Carlin said at the end of last season that the prospects of adding a third car was 70-30 to the good but as we sit four months later, are they still the same?
The only other ride open is with Juncos and if they run one full time entry or two and if not two, does that second car hit the track other than Indy? Juncos has plans for two cars but I highly doubt that second car is full time. There are plenty of drivers to choose from in terms of at least the full time entry, but what about the partial one?
The schedule is known but the start times and TV network whether NBC or NBCSN isn’t finalized yet. Neither is the entitlement sponsor for the series in general but all signs are that being finalized this month and an announcement forthcoming.
Other than that, we’re full speed heading towards Florida for the season openers for NASCAR and IndyCar coming shortly.