INDIANAPOLIS — And then there was one. The NTT IndyCar Series full time lineup is almost filled. With Max Chilton/Carlin’s announcement a couple of Friday’s ago and AJ Foyt Racing announcing recently that Charlie Kimball will pilot their No. 4 Chevrolet full time and Tony Kanaan (5 races, all ovals), Sebastien Bourdais (4 races) and rookie Dalton Kellett (8 races) will split time in the No. 14 Chevrolet, pretty much all the open seats are filled with the exception of one and a half.
While there were rumors Carlin would just sell both team outright, I didn’t get any indication that this would happen and last weeks news confirmed that.
Chilton will run 13 of the 17 races in 2020. Basically, all but the ovals with the exception of Indy. Virtually a carbon copy of his schedule last year. Conor Daly ran the races that Chilton didn’t run and would make sense to do so again in 2020.
The other ride is still open and the last full time seat left in the paddock.
With that being said, we will have 24 cars on the grid on a full time basis and upwards of 27+ in other events.
The 24 full time cars are as follows –
Team Penske (3) – Josef Newgarden, Will Power, Simon Pagenaud. No plans to expand to a fourth full time car.
McLaren/Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (2) – Pato O’Ward R, Oliver Askew R
AJ Foyt Racing (2) – Charlie Kimball, Tony Kanaan/Sebastien Bourdais/Dalton Kellett R share the 2nd car
Ed Carpenter Racing (2) – Rinus VeeKay full time seat, Ed Carpenter (ovals)/Conor Daly (road/street courses) for other ride
Carlin (2) – The team will be back with two cars, but other than Max Chilton racing on road/street courses, the ovals for that seat are open. The other ride is a full time entry for all races and is open too.
Andretti Autosport (5) – All four current drivers will be back as will Colton Herta with the Harding partnership.
Michael Shank Racing (1) – They had to stay in the Honda family, so when Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports bailed to Chevy, it left MSR searching. They landed with Andretti and will have Jack Harvey as their driver.
Chip Ganassi Racing (3) – Scott Dixon, Felix Rosenqvist and Marcus Ericsson are set.
Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing (2) – Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato are back full time.
Dale Coyne Racing (2) – Alex Palou is in and Bourdais out. Santino Ferrucci will return to the team for a second go around in 2020.
We do have some part-time rides though that will contest. St. Pete should have 26 cars on the grid while the IndyCar race on the road course at IMS could have upwards of 27, or even more.
DragonSpeed (1) – The team is back but Ben Hanely right now will run just one race (St. Pete). While he could run more, the team will also run a veteran in select races too.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (1) – Sage Karam is likely heading towards a four race deal with the team. Right now, it looks like St. Pete, both races at Indy and Toronto are on his schedule.
Andretti Autosport (1) – They announced on Wednesday morning that James Hinchcliffe will pilot the No. 29 Honda in both IMS races (road course, ‘500) as well as at Texas in June.
Indy Only Rides
Team Penske (1) – They’ll run Scott McLaughlin in the No. 2 Chevrolet for the AMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Helio Castroneves in the No. 3 Chevrolet for the Indianapolis 500.
Ed Carpenter Racing (1) – Conor Daly will pilot a third car for the Indy 500 only program.
AJ Foyt Racing (1) – Dalton Kellett will run the third car for the Indy 500 only. Likely will be the No. 41 Chevrolet too.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (1) – They’ve showed up to Indy the last two years now with two cars for Sage Karam and JR Hildebrand. They’ll do so again as a two car outfit but Karam’s teammate is unknown.
McLaren/Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (1) – They have already said that they’d run a third car at Indy only like they have in the past, but for whom? They need a veteran to go with two rookies. Would it be Alonso? Could it be Oriol Servia?
Juncos (1-2) – They have multiple chassis still but no word yet on if they use them at more races than Indy in 2020. Spencer Pigot has to be the top play with his past success with Juncos and he can run IMSA for them too. I’d like to see Pigot and Kyle Kaiser in a two-car Juncos effort but it’s not my money.
Dale Coyne Racing (1) – They likely are going to bring out a third car again but the driver at the moment is unknown.
Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing (1) – They have said that they’d run a third car at Indy too and can be picky at this point on who teams up with them. Last year, it was Jordan King.