The Verizon IndyCar Series is unlikely to see many changes when it comes to driver line-up’s in 2018.
The series will introduce a universal aerokit for 2018 meaning that continuity will be key in learning the new kits. Let’s have a look at what we know.
At Team Penske, Josef Newgarden who joined the outfir over the off-season is on a long term contract with the captain as is Simon Pagenaud and Will Power. When it comes to Helio Castroneves he is likely to stay in the No.3 Chevrolet full-time in 2018 however should he decide to retire at the end of the season Paddock Eye understands that both he and team mate Juan Pablo Montoya will return for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May.
At Chip Ganassi Racing, current series points leader Scott Dixon is on a long term contract while his team mate Tony Kanaan shows,no signs of slowing down and is expected to remain with the team into 2018.
Having joined Ganassi as a rookie in 2016, Max Chilton has improved has improved his performances this season and with sponsorship from Arthur J Gallagher he is likely to remain with the team in 2018.
Charlie Kimball has also been impressive this season and is also likely to remain with the team.
Andretti Autosport have Ryan Hunter Reay on a long term contract and following his win at the Indianapolis 500 Takuma Sato is likely to remain with the team. Marco Andretti is also likely to remain with the team.
Having won the Indianapolis 500 last season, Alexander Rossi is likely to stay with the team as Andretti’s partnership with Bryan Herta is working well and Rossi has been strong this season.
Graham Rahal will remain at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing who are likely to add a second car to their full-time line-up with drivers like Oriol Servia and Esteban Gutierrez potentially in the running for the second seat.
Dale Coyne Racing will remain unchanged next season with Sebastien Bourdais returning from injury with Ed Jones returning for his second season. It is also possible that Coyne could run a third car full-time if finances can be put in place to run Esteban Gutierrez who has been very impressive.
Ed Carpenter is likely to remain as a part time driver for ovals and is likely to retain the highly rated Spencer Pigot part time while running JR Hildebrand.
AJ Foyt Racing are likely to retain both Conor Daly and Carlos Munoz in 2018 with the team expected to be fully up to speed in their second season with Chevrolet power.
Gabby Chaves returns full-time Verizon IndyCar Series competition next season with Harding Racing going full-time after a successful debut earlier this season. The team will use Chevrolet power under the leadership of Mike Harding and Larry Curry.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will continue to run James Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin with the team possibly running a third car either full-time or part time with Robert Wickens potentially in the frame for a seat after impressing the team during a recent test.
Paddock Eye understands that former KV Racing team co-owner Jimmy Vasser is keen to return to the Verizon IndyCar Series as a team owner but whether this will happen in time for 2018.