The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series field is taking shape nicely after another piece of the puzzle was put in place on Tuesday following the news that Meyer Shank Racing will field Helio Castroneves for a partial six race programme alongside their full-time driver, Jack Harvey.
So here is what we know so far:
Andretti Autosport are expected to announce that Ryan Hunter-Reay will remain with the team alongside long term sponsor DHL for at least 2021.
James Hinchcliffe is also expected to be confirmed as a full time driver with the team in the No.26 Honda following a strong partial programme for the Mayor of HinchTown in 2020.
Colton Herta, Alexander Rossi and Marco Andretti are remaining with the team.
AJ Foyt Racing have Sebastian Bourdsis in place for 2021 and Paddock Eye understands that Charlie Kimball is expected to return to the team.
Chip Ganassi Racing have Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson and Alex Palou in place full-time with seven time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson joining on a partial road and street course programme. It is our understanding that Tony Kanaan could return to the team for the three oval races in 2021 as part of his last last lap providing he can get the funding.
Scott McLaughlin makes the full-time switch to IndyCar with Team Penske from the Australian Supercar championship alongside Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.
Ed Carpenter Racing have already confirmed Rinus Veekay returns for 2021 with team owner Ed Carpenter for ovals while Conor Daly is expected to return for road an street courses.
Meyer Shank Racing have expanded to a two car programme with Helio Castroneves joining Jack Harvey for six races including the Indianapolis 500.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing have confirmed defending Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato will return alongside Graham Rahal.
Carlin are likely to field one car full-time again in 2021 with Max Chilton on road and street course events and Conor Daly on ovals.
Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing are expected to retain Santino Ferrucci but it is unclear who will be in their second car.
Arrow McLaren SP have retained Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet while Felix Rosenqvist joins the team from Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the No.7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet.
The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season gets underway on March 7 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.