There’s a recent trend in the racing world and that’s the drivers are getting younger and younger. The youth wave is starting to come to a head. Look no further than the NTT IndyCar Series as the prime example. There’s four full-time rookies that will race in 2020 and another competing in a limited campaign with AJ Foyt Racing — four of those rookies are 23 years of age or younger. The eldest among that group is Dalton Kellett who’s running 9 of the 17 races with Foyt. He’s 27.
Last year’s rookie class has four drivers that are soon to be sophomores this year. Half of them are 21 years of age or younger and the other two are 29 (Marcus Ericsson) and 27 (Felix Rosenqvist)respectively. Those two are actually on the older end of the spectrum for the series as a whole anyways.
Zach Veach is still left from the 2018 rookie class and he’s only 25. Jack Harvey hasn’t ran a full season yet but he’s back in 2020 and is just 26. Conor Daly is running all road/street courses as well as the Indy 500 with ECR and he’s only 28.
You also can throw in Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi who are 29 and 28 years of age respectively and you get 14 drivers that are 29 years of age or younger.
The elder statesmen are now, Tony Kanaan (45), Takuma Sato (43), Sebastien Bourdais (40), Scott Dixon (39), Ryan Hunter-Reay (39), Ed Carpenter (38), Will Power (38), Simon Pagenaud (35) Charlie Kimball (34), Marco Andretti (32) and Graham Rahal (31).
That’s only eight full time drivers for 2020 over the age of 30 as a couple of them are part-timers.
Four of the top seven of the final drivers in the standings last year were under the age of 28 at the time. The future is looking brighter and brighter.