Field of 24 set for IndyCar opener in St Petersburg
A 24-car field will race on the streets of St Petersburg in this weekend’s first race of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series.
Team Penske’s three-car line-up of Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, and Josef Newgarden carries over, although the latter is back in Car #2 after being dethroned by Dixon.
Andretti Autosport continues to field with Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Zach Veach, and Marco Andretti, the latter in the Andretti Herta with Marco & Curb-Agajanian entry.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has signed Sauber Formula 1 outcast Marcus Ericsson in Robert Wickens’ seat, alongside James Hinchcliffe, while Jack Harvey’s partial season in the Meyer Shank Racing with SPM car starts at the opening round.
Sebastien Bourdais has a new team-mate at Dale Coyne Racing in the form of Santino Ferrucci, and Charlie Kimball is now a part-timer at Carlin, where Max Chilton will continue for the full season.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (Graham Rahal, Takuma Sato) and AJ Foyt Racing (Tony Kanaan, Matheus Leist) are both unchanged.
Ed Jones has landed at Ed Carpenter Racing after a season at CGR, in the car which Carpenter himself will race on ovals, while Spencer Pigot gets a second full season with the team.
Harding Steinbrenner Racing has slimmed back to a single car for 2018 Indy Lights runner-up Colton Herta having also planned to field the man who beat him to the title, Patricio O’Ward, before failing to source sufficient funding.
Sportscar outfit DragonSpeed and its driver Ben Hanley, both of which are on debut, round out the St Petersburg entry list for the start of their planned five-round campaign.
Entry list: Race 1, St Petersburg
|2||Josef Newgarden||Team Penske||Chevrolet|
|4||Matheus Leist||AJ Foyt Racing||Chevrolet|
|5||James Hinchcliffe||Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||Honda|
|7||Marcus Ericsson||R||Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||Honda|
|9||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda|
|10||Felix Rosenqvist||R||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda|
|12||Will Power||Team Penske||Chevrolet|
|14||Tony Kanaan||AJ Foyt Racing||Chevrolet|
|15||Graham Rahal||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||Honda|
|18||Sebastien Bourdais||Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan||Honda|
|19||Santino Ferrucci||R||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda|
|20||Ed Jones||Ed Carpenter Racing||Chevrolet|
|21||Spencer Pigot||Ed Carpenter Racing||Chevrolet|
|22||Simon Pagenaud||Team Penske||Chevrolet|
|26||Zach Veach||Andretti Autosport||Honda|
|27||Alexander Rossi||Andretti Autosport||Honda|
|28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||Honda|
|30||Takuma Sato||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||Honda|
|60||Jack Harvey||Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM||Honda|
|88||Colton Herta||R||Harding Steinbrenner Racing||Honda|
|98||Marco Andretti||Andretti Herta with Marco & Curb-Agajanian||Honda|