The 2023 NTT IndyCar Series season gets underway with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, presented by RP Funding in four weeks from today.
This week, the 26 full-time entrants in the series took part in a two-day Spring Training camp at The Thermal Club in Thermal, California. So, what did we learn from the first test of the new season?
It is difficult to say, given the fact that we don’t race at the Thermal Club, what will happen this season; however, the Honda-powered teams in the series turned up to the test and showed that they have made gains over the off-season, having led all four of the test session throughout the two-days of testing.
The Honda-powered teams were very quick off the mark; however, it is incredibly early days, and it won’t be until the teams arrive at get on track in St Pete that we will know how they stack up and what the pecking order will be.
Of the 26 full-time drivers, four rookie drivers are on the grid. Chip Ganassi Racing will continue to run four cars this season, with New Zealand’s Marcus Armstrong who will compete on road and street course tracks in the No.11 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda while two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato will compete in oval events, including the Indianapolis 500 on May 28.
Sting Ray Robb joins the series full-time driving the No.51 Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda. Benjamin Pedersen joins AJ Foyt Racing and will race in the No.55 Sexton Properties Chevrolet. Agustin Canapino will race full-time in the No.77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet.