The 2024 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season is shaping up nicely. AJ Foyt Racing announced on Friday that they have signed Sting Ray Robb to drive the No.41 Chevrolet however, team president Larry Foyt would not be drawn into who will drive the car for the team however, that contradicted what Benjamin Pedersen had to say as he welcomed Robb the team in a statement released on X (formerly Twitter) so we will have to watch this space.
Andretti Global has reduced their car count to three full-time entrants with Colton Herta and Kyle Kirkwood joined by 2022 Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson who joins the team from Chip Ganassi Racing.
Arrow McLaren has brought in David Malukas alongside Pato O’Ward and Alexander Rossi for the 2024 season while Kyle Larson will join the team for the 108th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 26.
Chip Ganassi Racing has increased their full-time car count to five with Linus Lindqvist making his full-time series debut in the No.8 Honda while Kyffin Simpson will also make his series debut at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg which takes place from March 8-10. Marcus Armstrong moves up to a full-time drive in the No.11 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda while Scott Dixon returns to the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for what will be his 22nd consecutive season in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES with Chip Ganassi Racing as his 23rd with the team.
Defending series champion Alex Palou has signed a multi-year contract extension with Chip Ganassi Racing and will have title sponsorship from DHL.
Dale Coyne Racing has yet to announce their plans for 2024 but Paddock Eye understands that they will continue to have two full-time entrants in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
Ed Carpenter Racing has Rinus VeeKay returning this season and will be joined by rookie Christian Rasmussen. Juncos Hollinger Racing has brought in Romain Grosjean from Andretti Global to partner with Agustin Canapino.
Meyer Shank Racing has two new drivers in their line-up with Felix Rosenqvist joining the team from Arrow McLaren. The Swede is joined by Tom Blomqvist who moves to the INDYCAR team from the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship program.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has brought in Pietro Fittipaldi alongside Graham Rahal who has signed a fresh new contract with RLL while Christian Lundgaard returns to the team.
Team Penske has an unchanged line-up with Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Chevrolet, Scott McLaughlin in the No.3 Chevrolet while Will Power is back in the No.12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet.
Team Penske has also entered into a technical partnership with AJ Foyt Racing which team president Larry Foyt is excited about, telling The Paddock Eye on Friday:
Yeah, like I was saying, it is a new technology for all of us, for all the teams. Really excited with the Penske alliance because I think that’s going to really help us on the hybrid side because they had some experience with it.
Now having Cannon back is great. We’ve had some new additions as well on the engineering side that I’m really excited about. The team just has a good feel going forward right now. Man, I know this off-season it seems long, but it’s not because there’s still a lot going on. Guys are doing pit stops every day. We’re trying to work on all those things that we can control and get ready when the hybrid unit comes on. We’re learning that as quick as we can.
Team and driver combinations for 2024
AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet
41 Sting Ray Robb
Arrow McLaren Chevrolet
5 Pato O’Ward
6 David Malukus
7 Alexander Rossi
Andretti Global Honda
26 Colton Herta
27 Kyle Kirkwood
28 Marcus Ericsson
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
8 Linus Lundqvist
9 Scott Dixon
10 Alex Palou
11 Marcus Armstrong
TBC Number – Kyffin Simpson
Dale Coyne Racing Honda
Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
20 Christian Rasmaussen
21 Rinus VeeKay
Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet
77 Romain Grosjean
78 Agustin Canapino
Meyer Shank Racing Honda
60 Felix Rosenqvist
66 Tom Blomqvist
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
15 Graham Rahal
30 Pietro Fittipaldi
45 Christian Lundgaard
Team Penske Chevrolet
2 Josef Newgarden
3 Scott McLaughlin
12 Will Power
Honda Performance Development (HPD) – 15
Chevrolet – 12
There will be 27 full-time cars on the grid once again in 2024 just like in 2023.