The 2024 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season gets underway in nine weeks and with that in mind, here at Paddock Eye, we thought we would take a look at what we can expect from the upcoming season.
The 2024 season will see new drivers in different teams for example, AJ Foyt Racing has signed Sting Ray Robb to drive the No.41 Chevrolet while it is not yet known who will partner the Idaho native with Santino Ferrucci expected to return to the No.14 Chevrolet but that has yet be confirmed however, Ferrucci had a great month of May after he ended the Greatest Spectacle In Racing in third place.
Team Penske is the the only team this season to have the same line-up as they did last season with defending Indianapolis 500 winner Josef Newgarden joined once again by Scott McLaughlin and Will Power.
Let’s take a look at Chip Ganassi Racing it has expanded its NTT INDYCAR SERIES involvement to five full-time drivers with six-time series champion, Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda and defending series champion Alex Palou reuniting with Marcus Armstrong who moves to a full-time race seat. Linus Lindqvist replaces Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 The American Legion Honda while Kyffin Simpson will make his NTT INDYCAR SERIES race debut at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg presented by RP Funding from March 8-10.
Andretti Global will field just three full-time cars this season with Marcus Ericsson joining Colton Herta and Kyle Kirkwood. It will be interesting to see how Andretti Global gets on this season with a more streamlined operation.
Meyer Shank Racing will be hoping for a better season in 2024 compared to last year when they struggled with two new drivers as Felix Rosenqvist moves across from Arrow McLaren while Tom Blomqvist joins the team from MSR’s endurance team, they replace Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves who has bought into the team and will compete in the Indianapolis 500 in his drive for five.
David Malukas joins Pato O’Ward and Alexander Rossi at Arrow McLaren while NASCAR Cup Series champion, Kyle Larson joins the team for the 108th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 26. The team will be hoping for a stronger 2024 campaign following a winless season in 2023.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will be aiming to carry their last season form into this year following strong performances from Graham Rahal and Christian Lundgaard who are joined this season by Pietro Fittipaldi, the grandson of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi who won the Greatest Spectacle In Racing in 1989 and 1993 with Team Penske.
Ed Carpenter Racing will be an interesting team to watch this year with Rinus VeeKay joined by defending INDY NXT presented by Firestone champion Christian Rasmussen who will compete on road and street course events, team owner Ed Carpenter will contest the oval races while Rasmussen will make his Indianapolis 500 debut on May 26.
Dale Coyne Racing has yet to confirm its plans for 2024 with both David Malukas and Sting Ray Robb having moved to pastures new. Juncos Hollinger Racing has a new driver with Romain Grosjean joining the team from Andretti Global.
The opening race of the 2024 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg presented by RP Funding takes place from March 8-10 for further details click here.