Andretti Autosport confirmed this afternoon that they have extended their contract with 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series champion and 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter Reay along with DHL as his primary sponsor, will we see the domino’s begin to fall?
This is first of many puzzle pieces to have been put in place for 2017. The other pieces should begin to fall into the place over the coming weeks and months.
The biggest question of them all is where will Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya end up next season with strong suggestions within the media that the Colombian’s contract with Team Penske will not be renewed despite the fact that he is The Captain’s last Indianapolis 500 winner having taken victory in 2015, however that was last year, in 2016 despite winning the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Montoya has endured a tough season.
The Colombian is currently in 13th place in the points standings having said that however he starts today’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma from 3rd place on the grid, so even if he is not at Team Penske next season he will almost certainly be in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Josef Newgarden is also one to watch with the Ed Carpenter Racing driver on target for his strongest Verizon IndyCar Series finish. The American has been tipped to replace Montoya at Penske, however another driver who has also been linked with Montoya’s seat is Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi.
Sebastien Bourdais could be on the move away from KVSH Racing to Dale Coyne Racing for 2017 but one thing is certain it is going to be an extremely interesting and busy off season for the Verizon IndyCar Series.