The NTT IndyCar Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway in two weeks for the XPEL 375, the first oval event of the 2022 season.
Fresh from a 26 car entry list for the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding last weekend, Texas will see a grid of 27 cars takes to track.
Ed Carpenter will run the oval race in Texas in the No.33 Chevrolet adding an extra a car.
It just shows how healthy the NTT IndyCar Series is in 2022 with the sport going from strength to strength.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing added a third car over the off-season with the addition of Jack Harvey and Christian Lundgaard while Meyer Shank Racing have two new drivers with Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves joining the team.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda will be one to watch in Texas having won here last season as will Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet who took his first NTT IndyCar Series career victory here last season.
Romain Grosjean will make his second oval race start and first with Andretti Autosport while Jimmie Johnson in the No.48 Carvana American Legion Honda makes his first oval race start for Chip Ganassi Racing.
It is certainly shaping up to be a competitive season and the 27 car field is the biggest non-Indy 500 car count.