New Teams, Drivers, Cars And Tracks Show IndyCar Is In For A Sensational Season In 2018
The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season gets underway in just under three months time with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Peteresbutg which takes place from March 9-11.
There will be big changes when the drivers reach the grid, the two leading teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske have down-sized to three (Penske) and two (Chip Ganassi Racing).
Scott Dixon is joined at Chip Ganassi Racing by 2017 Sunoco rookie of the year, Ed Jones who joins the team from Dale Coyne Racing.
While Ganassi and Penske have reduced the size of their operations for the 2018, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing have expanded their outfit with Takuma Sato joining Graham Rahal at the team this season.
Sato joins the team following a year with Andretti Autosport in which the Japanese driver won the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Robert Wickens makes his full-time Verizon IndyCar Series debut with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports alongside his fellow Canadian and good friend James Hinchcliffe. Dale Coyne Racing are the only team left on the grid who have a full-time drive available.
Series veteran, Tony Kanaan has moved from Chip Ganassi Racing to AJ Foyt Racing where he is joined by Matheus Leist.
Harding Racing officially confirmed on Friday that they will race full-tine in the series in 2018 with Gabby Chaves having driven in a handful of events with Harding last season. The team is led my owner Mike Harding, advisor Larry Curry, team president Brian Bernhart and driver coach Al Unser.
Michael Shank Racing will make their debut with Jack Harvey in the series in partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Andretti Autosport have Ryan Hunter Reay, Alexander Rossi, Zach Veach and Marco Andretti for 2018. Ed Carpenter Racing will field Spencer Pigot full-time in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet while Ed Carpenter will drive the No.20 for oval events while England’s Jordan King will make his Verizon IndyCar Series debut with the team.
The series heads back to Portland this season which replaces the event at Watkins Glen. Kyle Kaiser will run a partial season with Juncos Racing.
For the first time in the history of the Verizon IndyCar Series a British team will make their debut with Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton joining Carlin Racing who have moved up to the Verizon IndyCar Series with Chevrolet power.
The biggest change ahead of this season will be the introduces the new for 2018 universal aero kit which was developed with the help of British designer Chris Beatty.
The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season kicks off from March 9-11.