IndyCar: 2018 Silly Season Update


It was announced yesterday that Carlin Racing will join the IndyCar Series in 2018 with Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball as their confirmed drivers.

Carlin Racing has succeeded in multiple other Motorsport categories such as Formula 2, GP3, European F3, Indy Lights and other single-seater series. Carlin will be the first ever British team in the modern era to compete in IndyCar.

Both Chilton and Kimball have driven for Carlin earlier in their racing careers and now they’ll both be reunited with them next season. They will be powered by Chevrolet engines in the new IndyCar aero kits while Gallagher will remain as Chilton’s sponsor and Novo Nordisk will stay with Kimball as well.

“We’re delighted to finally be able to announce our entry into the Verizon IndyCar Series, the result of a long-term ambition of the team,” said Team Principal, Trevor Carlin about yesterday’s announcement.

“To be joined on that journey in our debut season by brands such as Gallagher and Novo Nordisk and with drivers we already have a race winning history with in Max and Charlie is beyond what we could have expected. By no means do we underestimate the challenge and competition that lies ahead, but I have great faith in the young and passionate team that our Team Manager Colin [Hale] and I have put together.”

In other news, Michael Shank Racing (MSR) announced last week they will be partnering with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) to run the 2018 IndyCar Series part-time with Jack Harvey driving for MSR again. MSR will be running six races next season including the season opener at St. Petersburg, Long Beach, and the Indianapolis 500, with Harvey driving for four of them.

SiriusXM and AutoNation will return as Harvey’s sponsors for 2018 as confirmed by Michael Shank himself. Shank is known to be one of the most respected team owners in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship who currently runs his racing programme with Honda’s sister manufacturer, Acura.

“I’m absolutely thrilled for this to come together and for everything to be moving forward,” said Harvey. “I had a very positive experience racing for Mike Shank in the Indianapolis 500, and it was great to build on that with SPM in the last two races of the year. Now to be racing for Mike and to also have the support of SPM for this programme, it is the best of both worlds for me. I want to do as well as we possibly can for AutoNation and SiriusXM, and I cannot wait for St. Pete to get here.”

As the 2018 season is less than three months away, here are the confirmed entries that we have so far for both full-time and part-time teams:

Ed Carpenter Racing:

Ed Carpenter (Part-Time), Spencer Pigot (Full-Time)

Team Penske:

Josef Newgarden, Helio Castroneves (Indy 500), Will Power, Simon Pagenaud

Chip Ganassi Racing:

Scott Dixon, Ed Jones

Andretti Autosport:

Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Zach Veach (Rookie), Marco Andretti

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Michael Shank:

James Hinchcliffe, Robert Wickens (Rookie), Jack Harvey (Part-Time)

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing:

Graham Rahal, Takuma Sato

Dale Coyne Racing:

Sebastien Bourdais

AJ Foyt Enterprises:

Tony Kanaan

Harding Racing:

Gabby Chaves

Juncos Racing:

Kyle Kaiser (Part-Time/Rookie)

Carlin Racing:

Max Chilton, Charlie Kimball

Notable Free Agents:

Conor Daly, Carlos Munoz, JR Hildebrand, Esteban Gutierrez