The Verizon IndyCar Series could add two new teams full-time in 2018. Here is what we know for certain. Mike Harding and Larry Curry will field Gabby Chaves full-time next season.
Having failed to put a deal together for the 2017 season, it is expected that Carlin Racing will join the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2018. Former KV Racing team co owner Jimmy Vasser has been to a number of races this season and is understood to be keen to return to the sport next season as a team owner.
Reports emerging from the US on Wednesday suggest that Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball could bring NovoNordisk to Carlin in IndyCar next season, while former Carlin driver Max Chilton, who father is a shareholder in the team could be on his way to the second seat with his Gallagher sponsorship.
If this were the case it would mean that their is potentially two if not three (depending on what Tony Kanaan does next season) up for grabs at Chip Ganassi Racing alongside Scott Dixon in the No.9 Honda.
One option which has gained traction this week is that the Mayor of HinchTown could join Ganassi with the news that Honda are keen for the Canadian to remain with one of their teams however it is also possible that Hinch will remain with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
There are five races left in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season and that means that it is going to be a very interesting few months for the series with contracts being sorted out and announcements being made. The off track action as the season reaches its climax is going to be just as exciting as the action on track.