The Start Of The 2019 NTT IndyCar Series Season Is Just One Week Away
The start of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series is just one week away with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg taking place from March 8-10.
Following what seems to have been an extremely long off season it is nearly time to go racing again. The big question is, who can challenge Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon for the NTT IndyCar Series championship?
A lot of fans believe that Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi is going to be the one to beat in 2019 however there are other teams and drivers who could be in the running for the championship this season with Sebastien Bourdais, Graham Rahal and James Hinchcliffe all possibly in the running.
There is lots to look forward to with new teams and drivers coming into the series with the DragonSpeed Racing team making their debut next weekend at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg with Ben Hanley who will compete in both the NTT IndyCar Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
We have some new tracks coming into the series with the Circuit of the Americas hosting road two of the season, the IndyCar Classic, the series will round off the season at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Ed Jones who raced with Chip Ganassi Racing in 2018 moves to Ed Carpenter Racing in partnership with Scuderia Corsa for the 2019 season competing in all road and street courses in the No.20 Chevrolet while for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge he will drive the the No.64 Scuderia Corsa for the team.
Along with DragonSpeed, Harding Steinbrenner Racing will make their full-time series debut with Honda power next weekend with Colton Herta making his full time debut.
Marcus Ericsson of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will make his debut alongside team mate James Hinchcliffe next weekend. Felix Rosenqvist will also make his debut next weekend in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda alongside his team mate and defending series champion Scott Dixon.
The 2019 rookie field:
Chip Ganassi Racing have brought in highly rated Swede Felix Rosenqvist alongside Scott Dixon for the 2019 season. Rosenqvist has a long history with Chip Ganassi Racing so while he has yet to race in the NTT IndyCar Series he knows the team extremely well and will do very well with the team.
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports have former Formula One driver Marcus Ericsson joining the team in the No.7 Arrow Electronics Honda alongside James Hinchcliffe. The Swede has hit the ground running over the winter, settling in really well with the team and has shown great speed while on track. The team have been extremely impressed with his feedback and his ability in setting up the car. Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports General Manager Taylor Kiel has been impressed with Ericsson’s transition to the NTT IndyCar Series and says that Ericsson has a similar driving style to James Hinchcliffe and they are sure to do extremely well this season.
Dale Coyne Racing have Santino Ferrucci joining the team full-time having made four starts for the team during the 2018 NTT IndyCar Series. Ferrucci has shown that he is extremely quick and that is why Dale Coyne has picked the American to drive full-time in the No.19 Honda alongside Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing Honda.
Harding Steinbrenner Racing have Colton Herta, the son of team co-owner Bryan Herta who runs the No.98 Honda in partnership with Michael and Marco Andretti. Herta has shown great speed over the winter having topped the timesheet’s for for the Honda powered Harding Steinbrenner Racing team during the two day Spring training test at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas last month.
Juncos Racing have Kyle Kaiser returning for a partial programme in 2019. The talented American is sure to do a great job Ricardo Juncos during the season.
Carlin Racing have made some changes over the winter with the team having just one full-time driver for 2019 with Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet returning for his second season at the team. Charlie Kimball will share the No.23 Chevrolet with rookie driver RC Enerson who has briefly raced for Dale Coyne Racing.
DragonSpeed who make their NTT IndyCar Series debut next weekend have Ben Hanley making his debut in the series. The Englishman will compete in both the NTT IndyCar Series on a partial schedule and also in the FIA World Endurance Championship with DragonSpeed’s WEC team.
Of course while Honda are the defending series manufacturers champions you can’t discount the Chevrolet powered teams of Team Penske, Ed Carpenter Racing and Carlin.
The 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season will be broadcast live on NBCSN in the US and on Sky Sports F1HD in the UK from next weekend’s season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
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