2017 Month of May at Indy Shaped The Future For the Verizon IndyCar Series

INDIANAPOLIS – On the surface, it would appear that the Verizon IndyCar Series may be in trouble. The top two teams in the series downsized by a combined three cars. Team Penske went from four cars to three while Chip Ganassi Racing ditched two cars as well. Troubling times on the horizon? No actually. In fact, promising times are in the near future. It’s actually a very positive thing to see Penske and Ganassi shed cars because it’s giving light to new teams for the series. In fact, car counts are…

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Carlin Racing Joins INDYCAR With Chilton, Kimball In 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – Carlin is proud to announce their move into the Verizon IndyCar Series in a full-time capacity for the 2018 season. Joining the first season INDYCAR effort at Carlin will be drivers Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball along with primary partners, international insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services firm, Gallagher and global healthcare company, Novo Nordisk. Both Chilton and Kimball drove for the championship winning team earlier in their racing careers. The Carlin entries will be powered by the Chevrolet twin turbocharged direct injected V6 engine. “We’re delighted to…

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INDYCAR Car Counts Growing In a Positive Way For 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – No one really knew what to expect as far as what the car count would be for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Last year, we saw 22 cars show up to every race. This season though, there’s a new car debuting. While that transition is going to pay off to be very cost effective, without a third OEM still, we’re still going to be capped off on what we could see as far as full-time entries go in the series. Last season, Honda provided 13 of those 21…

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Harvey Coming Back To SPM Perfect For Young Driver

INDIANAPOLIS – I’ve been banging the Jack Harvey drum for several years now. Since the young British driver came on the scene in Indy Lights in 2014, I could tell the kid could drive. Harvey, having never been to any of the North American tracks before, had four wins (all in the last five races), 10 podiums and a top five finish in all 14 races during his rookie season in 2014. While that should earn a championship in any series you race in, unfortunately he lost out on a tiebreaker…

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Jack Harvey Inks 4 Race IndyCar Deal With Joint Shank/SPM Entry

INDIANAPOLIS – Having developed its strongest commercial sponsorship lineup in team history, Michael Shank Racing announced on Friday its 2018 season plans in a press conference held at the 30th annual PRI Show in Indianapolis. The Ohio-based team will manage its largest racing program to date with a dual campaign in the Verizon IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.   After making its IndyCar debut in the 2017 Indianapolis 500 with driver Jack Harvey, the team will build on that effort in 2018 with a select schedule of IndyCar events with the talented…

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SPM Announces Calmels Sport Deal Has Fallen Through

INDIANAPOLIS – Back in September it was announced that Schmidt Peterson Motorsports had merged with Calmels Sport for their third entry with the team in the 2018 Indianapolis 500. Calmels, run by former F1 car owner Didier Calmels, was going to bring Tristian Gommendy to the race. Gommendy, 38, would have been a rookie, as he competed in one full season (2007) in Champ Car. But, the announcement, was met with questionable reviews. Gommendy, hasn’t raced with this much competition before and had an 11 year gap between open wheel starts.…

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Andretti, Rossi Swap Numbers For 2018 Season, The Reason Why

Marco Andretti and Alexander Rossi are swapping car numbers for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, in an announcement made today by Andretti Autosport. Andretti will drive the No. 98 Honda entered as a partnership between Bryan Herta Autosport and Andretti Autosport for the third straight season. Herta, the retired Indy car driver, served as Andretti’s race strategist this season for the No. 27 Honda. “I’m thrilled to be continuing the partnership with Andretti Autosport,” said Herta, president of Bryan Herta Autosport. “The relationship has worked really well both on…

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