The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season could prove to extremely interesting with reports emerging over the Honda Indy Toronto race weekend that Andretti Autosport are in talks about a return to Chevrolet for next season.
Chevrolet powered Michael Andretti’s squad spent two years with Chevrolet from 2012 to 2013 before making a return to Honda in 2014.
A return to Chevrolet would more than likely mean the end of Takuma Sato’s time with the team. The Indianapolis 500 winner reportedly brings financial support from Honda in Japan.
If Andretti Autosport do opt to return to Chevrolet, Sato could join the likes of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing who it is understood are looking to expand their operation to two full-time cars in 2018.
A second option for Sato could Schmidt Peterson Motorsports who could be in the market for at least one driver. Paddock Eye understands that James Hinchcliffe is a free agent at the end of the season however we believe that Schmidt Peterson Motorsports have an option to retain the highly rated Canadian.
So who could take the fourth Andretti seat if it is up for grabs? One option is Robert Wickens who recently completed a successful Verizon IndyCar Series test and took part in practice for the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America.
Another option is picking up Calton Herta from the Indy Lights championship which is a very real possibility considering his dad Bryan is the strategist to Marco Andretti at Andretti Autosport and also co-owns the No.98 Curb Honda driven by last year’s Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi.
Only time will tell what Andretti Autosport decide to do but Chevrolet are understood to be keen to realign themselves with Andretti Autosport.