Chip Ganassi Racing announced this week that New Zealander Marcus Armstrong would make his NTT IndyCar Series race debut in the No.11 Dallara Honda in the 2023 season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, which takes place from March 3-5.
Armstrong will compete in all the road and street events with the team alongside his fellow New Zealander Scott Dixon, 2021 series champion Alex Palou, and defending Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson.
The question is, who will fill the No.11 Honda Dallara for the oval races in 2023? Tony Kanaan, who drove the No.48 Honda in partnership with Jimmie Johnson before driving the No.1 Dallara Honda.
TK is off to Arrow McLaren SP for the 2023 Indianapolis 500 while the Brazilian may also compete in the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course so who could take his place at Ganassi?
Paddock Eye understands that the Mayor of HinchTown is looking to return to the NTT IndyCar Series on a partial programme in 2023 that would include running the Indianapolis 500.
JR Hildebrand could also be an option unless he returns to AJ Foyt Racing. Nicholas Latifi is also an option but this seems unlikely given that Ganassi are unlikely to want to have two rookies in the No.11 Honda.
An outside option could see Juan Pablo Montoya return to Ganassi for the Indianapolis 500 but this seems extremely unlikely.