2019 NTT IndyCar Collection – a team-by-team information

0
112

Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda

Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Picture by: IndyCar Collection

#9. Scott Dixon

Champion 2003 [Indy Racing League], ’08, ’13, ’15, ’18, 44 wins, 26 pole positions, 304 begins

Race engineer: Chris Simmons / Strategist: Mike Hull / Chief mechanic: Blair Julian

#10. Felix Rosenqvist

Rookie

Race engineer: Julian Robertson / Strategists: Chip Ganassi, Barry Wanser / Chief mechanic: Ricky Davis

Dixon and Ganassi have confirmed themselves in a position to flip seasons round, flip race weekends round, and salvage robust outcomes from adverse conditions on race days. Late final yr they modified their street course setups and Scott adjusted his driving type to swimsuit… so the #9 might come into this season even stronger than it left its fifth title-winning season. That’s ominous for the opposition.

Felix Rosenqvist is an excellent addition to the crew, having shone in each different class wherein he’s beforehand raced – and there are an ideal lots of these. Very robust tempo in preseason testing suggests he’ll be capable of assist Dixon drive the crew ahead, though he has a lot to show on ovals. Nonetheless, he’s a quick learner and extremely adaptable.

Andretti Autosport-Honda

Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Honda

Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Honda

Picture by: IndyCar Collection

#26. Zach Veach

Greatest championship place 15th, Greatest outcome fourth, finest qualifying place 6th, 19 begins

Race engineer: Garrett Mothersead / Strategist: Josh Freund / Chief mechanic: Nick Allen

#27. Alexander Rossi

Greatest championship place 2nd, 5 wins, four pole positions, 48 begins

Race engineer: Jeremy Milless / Strategist: Rob Edwards / Chief mechanic: Scott Marks

#28. Ryan Hunter-Reay

Champion 2012, 18 wins, 7 pole positions, 236 begins

Race engineer: Ray Gosselin / Strategist: Ray Gosselin / Chief mechanic: Dave Sharpley

#98. Marco Andretti

Greatest championship place 5th, 2 wins, 5 pole positions

Race engineer: Mark Bryant / Strategist: Bryan Herta / Chief mechanic: Rolando Coronado

With 5 wins between them in 2018, count on each Rossi and Hunter-Reay to be in with a shot on the title. Rossi has now confirmed he’s received the all-’spherical sport to sort out the may of Ganassi and Penske drivers, and combines it with a supremely aggressive method to passing. Hunter-Reay’s tempo hasn’t diminished one iota in his 200-plus races and on his finest days he’s unbeatable, however eliminating errors and avoiding terrible luck are important for a robust championship problem.

Marco Andretti has to regain his confidence with an inherently free automobile – this one does a minimum of feed his longing for ‘really feel’ – and a brand new race engineer might assist. Veach, in solely his second yr, simply must hold doing what he’s been doing – build up expertise and confidence. A podium end or two must be attainable.

Group Penske-Chevrolet

Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet

Will Energy, Group Penske Chevrolet

Picture by: IndyCar Collection

#2. Josef Newgarden

Champion 2017, 10 wins, 6 pole positions, 100 begins

Race engineer: Brian Campe / Strategist: Tim Cindric / Chief mechanic: Travis Regulation

#12. Will Energy

Champion 2014, 35 wins, 54 pole positions, 204 begins

Race engineer: David Faustino / Strategists: Roger Penske, Jon Bauslog / Chief mechanic: Matt Jonsson

#22. Simon Pagenaud

Champion 2016, 11 wins, eight poles, 118 begins

Race engineer: Ben Bretzman / Strategist: Kyle Moyer / Chief mechanic: Trevor Lacasse

#three. Helio Castroneves (2 races)

Greatest championship place 2nd, 11 wins, eight poles, 118 begins

Race engineer: Jonathan Diuguid / Strategist: Roger Penske / Chief mechanic: Joel Svensson

Not a lot to criticize on this fulltime lineup of collection champions, all of whom concur that Penske engineering workers have now made a much-needed breakthrough by way of road course setups with the present aerokit. Energy must tame these moments when his attain exceeds his grasp, though that ambition can also be what drives him to provide moments of magic, notably in qualifying. Newgarden, too, wants to enhance his consistency, often reining in his great combative streak however, like Energy, is a victory contender on each monitor.

Pagenaud slumped in 2018, struggling to construct confidence within the tail-happy new automobiles when pushed to the sting in qualifying, however each testing and his efficiency all through final yr’s finale at Sonoma recommend he might be again to his finest.

Maybe surprisingly, it might be Chevrolet that blunts the crew’s championship problem, having suffered reliability woes in 2018, and likewise falling in need of Honda’s torque and gas mileage. Nonetheless, with a robust high finish, it ought to put Penske on the forefront at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the place Castroneves will certainly be a entrance runner as he goes for his fourth Indy 500 victory.

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda

James Hinchcliffe, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

James Hinchcliffe, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

Picture by: Scott R LePage / LAT Photos

#5. James Hinchcliffe

Greatest championship place eightth, 6 wins, 1 pole place, 93 begins

Race engineer: Will Anderson / Strategist: Taylor Kiel / Chief mechanic: Dave Higuera

#7. Marcus Ericsson

Rookie

Race engineer: Blair Perschbacher / Strategist: Billy Vincent / Chief mechanic: Bob Jansen

Sure, the crew goes to overlook Robert Wickens’ presence within the cockpit this yr however Arrow Electronics’ massive improve in funding within the crew ought to nonetheless reap dividends. As in 2018, the Sam Schmidt/Ric Peterson-owned crew has the potential to be probably the most constant thorn within the aspect of the ‘Large Three’ – though the crew’s ambitions attain nonetheless larger.

Hinchcliffe stays a robust and aggressive fighter on racedays, even when it typically takes him some time to discover a setup that each fits his driving type and permits him to handle his tires. When he’s within the zone, his confidence builds and you then simply can’t depend him out.

Ericsson, a veteran of virtually 100 Components 1 races, has utilized his very studious nature to the duty of studying IndyCars in a short while body, and the Laguna Seca and COTA checks recommend that has paid off. Whether or not he instantly has the boldness of a Wickens (or Hinchcliffe for that matter) and takes it to the sting in his first qualifying run or race, is extra open to query, however that’s wonderful. The most effective factor Ericsson can do is method this new profession chapter in no matter method comes naturally, as a result of Sam isn’t an enormous fan of drivers who’re quick however crash regularly.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda

Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Picture by: Scott R LePage / LAT Photos

#15. Graham Rahal

Greatest championship place fourth, 6 wins, three pole positions, 165 begins

Race engineer: Allen McDonald / Strategist: Ricardo Nault / Chief mechanic: Donny Stewart

#30. Takuma Sato

Greatest championship place eightth, three wins, 7 pole positions, 151 begins

Race engineer: Eddie Jones / Strategist: Bobby Rahal / Chief mechanic: Derek Davidson

RLLR slipped a little bit in 2018, no query about it, and Sato’s victory at Portland was a reward for persistence and good technique fairly than outright tempo. Nonetheless, with Piers Phillips coming in as crew president and Allen McDonald changing into Rahal’s race engineer, the long run seems to be promising, as a result of there was already a critical quantity of expertise and expertise within the workers lineup right here.

Following a mediocre displaying within the imperfect circumstances at Laguna Seca, the crew – specifically Rahal – seemed spectacular at COTA, the rear finish of his automobile showing far safer than earlier than. Sato is healthier at driving a free automobile than his younger teammate, however that’s not often the quickest manner, so if the crew has made progress as a complete, count on to see Graham in entrance of Taku as a rule.

Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet

Spencer Pigot, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet

Spencer Pigot, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet

Picture by: IndyCar Collection

#20. Ed Carpenter (for five races)

Greatest championship place 12th, three wins, four poles, 165 begins

#20. Ed Jones (for 11 races + automobile #64 in Indy 500)

Greatest championship place 13th, finest outcome third, finest qualifying place 4th, 34 begins

Race engineer: Peter Craik / Strategist: Tim Broyles / Chief mechanic: Nick Cooper

#21. Spencer Pigot

Greatest championship place: 14th, finest outcome 2nd, finest qualifying place 6th, 39 begins

Race engineer: Matt Barnes / Strategist: Brent Harvey / Chief mechanic: Jeff Frederick

Pigot is a kind of drivers that you already know will bloom as soon as he has the self-confidence from nailing his first win. As he and the ECR crew received to grips with the brand new automobile final yr, he seemed more and more adept at making opportunistic passes and preserving them clear. However he’s going to must make it to his private peak on his personal, whereas he doesn’t have a longtime ace teammate on the street and road programs.

Jones did have that for each his seasons to this point in IndyCar – Sebastien Bourdais in 12 months 1, Scott Dixon in 12 months 2 – however actually the latter expertise at Ganassi left him bruised. Nonetheless, it ought to take solely a few robust races with ECR to see him again to his finest and he must be robust within the Scuderia Corsa #64 entry at Indy.

Carpenter himself was as shut as he’s ever been to profitable Indy final yr, though his efficiency at different ovals on the schedule has tended to fluctuate lately. It’s puzzling, for instance, that the three-time Indy 500 polesitter has by no means seemed near profitable at Pocono. However the hearth’s nonetheless lit, and Carpenter deserves quite a lot of respect because the collection’ solely proprietor/driver.

Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan-Honda

Sebastien Bourdais, Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda

Sebastien Bourdais, Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda

Picture by: Scott R LePage / LAT Photos

#18. Sebastien Bourdais

Champion [Champ Car] 2004, ’05, ’06, ’07, 37 wins, 34 pole positions, 195 begins

Race engineer: Craig Hampson / Strategist: Dale Coyne / Chief mechanic: Todd Phillips

#19. Santino Ferrucci

(Rookie) Greatest championship place 27th, Greatest end 11th, Greatest qualifying place 13th, four begins

Race engineers: Michael Cannon, Olivier Boisson / Strategist: Terry Brown / Chief mechanic: Roy Wilkerson

Dale Coyne’s capacity to make wine out of water is well-known, and now that he has a longtime driving ace, a robust engineering crew, and a top-notch major sponsor in Sealmaster, it’s develop into no shock to see DCR combating for podium finishes and high fives regularly. The probabilities are robust of Bourdais including to the crew’s six-win tally this yr, though it’s vital that his odds are improved by the crew determining a robust road course setup that works together with his driving type.

Ferrucci is an attention-grabbing addition, not solely as a result of he now appears dedicated to IndyCar, but in addition as a result of it is going to be fascinating to see whether or not he can fulfill his potential in a crew considerably centered round a four-time champ. Will Ferrucci be overshadowed or can he study from a driver whose driving type could be very totally different from his personal?

AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet

Matheus Leist, A.J. Foyt Racing Chevrolet

Matheus Leist, A.J. Foyt Racing Chevrolet

Picture by: Scott R LePage / LAT Photos

#four. Matheus Leist

Greatest championship place: 18th, finest outcome 12th, finest qualifying place threerd, 17 begins

Race engineer: Daniele Cucchiaroni / Strategist: Larry Foyt / Chief mechanic: Tomas Semik

#14. Tony Kanaan

Champion [Indy Racing League] 2004, 17 wins, 14 pole positions, 361 begins

Race engineer: Eric Cowdin / Strategists: AJ Foyt, George Klotz / Chief mechanic: Mark Sampson

Final yr the crew struggled nearly in all places besides Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the place Tony Kanaan and Matheus Leist certified simply on the second day, 10th and 11th. Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 winner, then went on to steer the race for 19 laps, and till struggling a puncture, he seemed set for a top-three end. Nonetheless, whereas he was clawing his manner ahead once more, he crashed out.

And to be trustworthy, that efficiency, a sixth place end in Toronto and Leist’s third place on the grid at St. Petersburg had been the one apparent glimmers of hope within the crew’s complete 2018 season. Ex-Ganassi crew supervisor Scott Harner has joined to attempt to assist crew president Larry Foyt type the disarray, however the crew’s climb again to respectability shall be robust.

Carlin Racing-Chevrolet

Max Chilton, Carlin Chevrolet

Max Chilton, Carlin Chevrolet

Picture by: Scott R LePage / LAT Photos

#23. Charlie Kimball (for five races)

Greatest championship place 9th, 1 win, 1 pole place, 104 begins

#23. R.C. Enerson (for unspecified variety of races)

(Rookie) Greatest championship place 28th, Greatest outcome 9th, Greatest qualifying place 11th, three begins

Race engineer: Matt Greasley / Chief mechanics: Tom Edwards, Mike Witson

#59. Max Chilton

Greatest championship place 11th, Greatest outcome fourth, Greatest qualifying place fourth, 50 begins

Race engineer: Geoff Fickling / Chief mechanics: Tom Edwards, Adam Farrer

Trevor Carlin’s squad confirmed flashes of promise all through its rookie marketing campaign, bettering quickly within the first half of the season, extra progressively by the second. Kimball scored the crew’s finest outcome with fifth at Toronto, and it’s unhappy that decreased funding has pressured him to slash his dedication from fulltime to the superspeedways plus the season-opener and -closer. Chilton shone to succeed in the Firestone Quick Six at Mid-Ohio final yr, and delivered another first rate performances on street programs and likewise on the streets of Detroit.

RC Enerson, regardless of greater than two years away from IndyCar racing, has seemed robust in testing however nonetheless it’s going to be arduous for successfully a rookie – a part-time one at that – in a sophomore crew to make an enormous impression.

Carlin’s technical partnership with McLaren and Fernando Alonso within the Indy 500 ought to help all events and can make another crew house owners jealous… However one other envy-inducing coup shall be if Trevor manages to pluck Indy Lights champ Patricio O’Ward from the subs bench for a number of races within the #23 automobile.

Meyer Shank Racing with SPM-Honda

Jack Harvey, Meyer Shank Racing Honda

Jack Harvey, Meyer Shank Racing Honda

Picture by: Phillip Abbott / LAT Photos

#60. Jack Harvey (for 10 races)

Greatest championship place 24th, finest outcome 12th, finest qualifying place 17th, 9 begins

Race engineer: Mike Colliver / Strategist: Michael Shank / Chief mechanic: Adam Rovazzini

Two-time Indy Lights championship runner-up Harvey has had a gentle if unspectacular begin to his IndyCar profession, however how may it’s totally different? With three races one yr, six races the subsequent, it’s arduous for the previous British F3 champion to even evaluate himself to his semi-teammates at Schmidt Peterson, not to mention a Dixon, Energy or Rossi. Nonetheless, the promise of 10 begins and the trustworthy backing of Sirius XM and AutoNation ought to lead to a extra constant marketing campaign, and can hopefully result in the kind of outcomes that persuade Shank’s backers to step up and go fulltime.

Juncos Racing-Chevrolet

Kyle Kaiser, Juncos Racing Chevrolet

Kyle Kaiser, Juncos Racing Chevrolet

Picture by: IndyCar Collection

#32. Kyle Kaiser (for unspecified variety of races)

Greatest championship place 30th, finest outcome 16th, finest qualifying place 14th, four begins

Race engineer: Tom Brown / Strategist: Darren Crouser / Chief mechanic: Richard Jones

Junior open-wheel star crew Juncos Racing dipped its toe within the IndyCar waters at Indy in 2017, after which entered 12 races final yr… alas solely 4 of them with its 2017 Indy Lights champion Kyle Kaiser. The crew’s IndyCar marketing campaign in 2019 has but to be decided, past confirming that Kaiser will race for the crew at Circuit of The Americas. Till each crew and driver get a number of extra IndyCar races underneath their wheels, it’s arduous to evaluate the final word potential of both, despite the fact that it’s price noting that collectively they certified midway up the grid for final yr’s Indy 500.

Harding Steinbrenner Racing-Honda

Colton Herta, Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda

Colton Herta, Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda

Picture by: Phillip Abbott / LAT Photos

#88. Colton Herta

(Rookie) Greatest championship place 37th, finest outcome 20th, finest qualifying place 19th, 1 begin

Race engineer: Nathan O’Rourke / Strategist: Brian Barnhart / Chief mechanic: Craig McCain

If younger Herta’s tempo on the COTA take a look at was actual – and two senior people from Andretti Autosport, with whom Harding Steinbrenner Racing has a technical partnership, say the HSR automobile was positively absolutely authorized on the second day – then the remainder of the IndyCar paddock and specifically the Andretti drivers are going to get proven up by a rookie in a sophomore crew… Yeah, OK, so there’s much more to race outcomes than some scorching laps in testing. However nonetheless, Herta and HSR have proven immense promise, and given their entry to AA’s information, that is successfully a satellite tv for pc crew, and subsequently unencumbered by the normal constraints anticipated of a singleton entry piloted by a newcomer. This crew might be one of many tales of the yr.

DragonSpeed-Chevrolet

Ben Hanley, DragonSpeed Chevrolet

Ben Hanley, DragonSpeed Chevrolet

Picture by: Artwork Fleischmann

#81. Ben Hanley (for five races)

Rookie

It’s glorious to see Elton Julian’s effectively revered crew (and driver Ben Hanley) be a part of the IndyCar fray after years of endeavor in GTs and sportscars – the latter made irritating by operating an LMP1 machine in opposition to works groups with hybrid automobiles. DragonSpeed’s IndyCar solely hit the monitor within the final couple of days at Sebring, so don’t count on miracles at St. Petersburg regardless of Hanley’s expertise and maturity. However as a part-time experiment, Julian’s alternative of tracks is wise – St. Pete, Barber, Indy 500, Highway America, Mid-Ohio – and it’s good to listen to that IndyCar has made appreciable efforts to entice the squad to the collection.

Confirmed Indy 500-only entrants

Fernando Alonso, 2019

Fernando Alonso, 2019

Picture by: Michelin Sport

Fernando Alonso (McLaren-Chevrolet) – Count on good issues from a mixture of Alonso in a John Cummiskey-prepared/McLaren-run entry sharing technical information with Carlin and powered by what ought to nonetheless be the perfect engine for a superspeedway. However how good is ‘good’? Is Alonso a possible winner once more? Frankly, it appears much less doubtless than when racing with Andretti Autosport in 2017 as a result of the Indy 500 is such a demanding occasion for what’s successfully a start-up crew, regardless of race engineer Andy Brown’s huge expertise on the Speedway. However Dan Wheldon and Bryan Herta Autosport defied the chances in 2011, so victory is inconceivable fairly than not possible.

Conor Daly (Andretti Autosport-Honda) – Daly has considerably unfairly been tagged as a road-course specialist whereas in IndyCar, regardless of trying no much less competent on left-turn-only tracks. He did, for instance, end seventh at Texas and fifth at Gateway in 2016. Positive, Indy is a unique story, however he dealt with a tough automobile with aplomb there in qualifying final yr and stored it off the partitions on raceday.

This shall be Daly’s sixth try at IMS and he’ll now have entry to information from a a number of Indy-winning crew and Indy-winning drivers. The US Air Power automobile may fly this yr.

Jordan King (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda) – The 2013 British F3 champion was Ed Carpenter’s street/road course ringer in 2018 so he has but to make a begin on an oval. And since that is scheduled to be solely a one-off return to the collection for King – he’s been testing F2 automobiles currently and can race for Jota in WEC – he might discover it robust going. However the Brit discovered IndyCar effectively final yr, even when the outcomes didn’t present it, so he might effectively show adept at IMS – and RLLR has usually shone at Indy.

Pippa Mann (Clauson Marshall Racing-Chevrolet) – Mann might have a DNQ on her Indy 500 report however hey, so do Al Unser Jr., Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal and James Hinchcliffe. The vital level is that she was decided to not let final yr’s failure be the seventh and final time she took a stab at Indy. The tie-up with IndyCar debutant outfit and USAC Nationwide sprintcar championship crew, previously Bryan Clauson Racing, is an emotional one, since Mann was teammate to – and have become mates with – the late Clauson. Even except for all that, the Driven2SaveLives marketing campaign for organ and tissue donation is sufficient to warrant a cheer for Mann and CMR in Might.