The Verizon IndyCar Series is currently on it’s summer holidays however that will change next week as we start an extremely busy period in the season with three races within three weeks starting with the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.
In the build up to the race as the teams head back work we should start to see what is going to happen in the series in 2018.
Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti has confirmed that he is close to making a decision about what engines his team will use next season and that announcement could come in the build up to the race at Pocono.
Paddock Eye understands that a deal is set to be announced that will see Chevrolet return to supply Andretti Autosport from 2018 meaning that Takuma Sato and Alexander Rossi will be looking for seats elsewhere next season.
Last month Roger Penske announced that he is entering a two car team in the 2018 IMSA WhetherTech sports car championship with the Acura brand. The ARX-05 Prototype will be revealed to the public during Monterey Car Week which takes place in the build up to the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.
Penske are not expected to announce their driver line-up during the show but it is believed that Indianapolis 500 champions Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya will be announced as two of the teams drivers at a later date.
Following the news on Saturday night that Mikhail Aleshin has left the team, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports have one if not two seats available for 2018. Talk of James Hinchcliffe moving to another team in the Verizon IndyCar Series for next season has cooled in recent weeks. Paddock Eye understands that both parties want to extend their partnership beyond this season.
The news that Mikhail Aleshin has left Schmidt Peterson Motorsports could open the door for Conor Daly to return to the team where he drove in place of Hinchcliffe following the Mayor of HinchTown’s accident at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015.
It is believed that AJ Foyt, is unhappy with the performance of both of his drivers this season and is looking to bring in two new drivers, one of which could potentially be Tony Kanaan moving across from Chip Ganassi Racing. It is believed that NTT DATA are looking to back just of Ganassi’s car for 2018 having become a permanent presence on Scott Dixon’s No.9 Honda this season following the departure of Target.
It is also understood that Chip Ganassi is looking like Roger Penske to scale back his presence in the Verizon IndyCar Series fielding just three cars in 2018. At the moment, Scott Dixon is the only driver locked into a contract at Ganassi for next season.
Max Chilton who got married over the weekend has said that he will decide what he will do in 2017 following the wedding.
Dale Coyne Racing will more than likely field an unchanged line-up in 2018 with Ed Jones remaining alongside Sebastien Bourdais who returns from injury. Andretti Autosport have two drivers locked into contracts for 2018 with Ryan Hunter Reay and Marco Andretti set to stay.