We’re just a few days away from kicking off the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series as well as the Road To Indy Program too. The two couple of days have been big on driver announcements. Today, Andretti Autosport completed their driver lineup in signing Tristan Charpentier who will drive the No. 48 entry at three venues (St. Pete, Barber, IMS road course).
On Monday, Belardi announced that they have signed Toby Sowery to drive their No. 5 entry. Rasmus Lindh also will drive one of their cars too. A couple of Thursday’s ago, HMD Motorsports announced that they have signed Canadian Antonio Serravalle as the driver of their No. 11 entry. He joins Santiago Urrutia (No. 55) and David Malukas (No. 79) with the presumed five car team in 2020.
So, who else is out there confirmed?
Andretti Autosport has signed three full time drivers so far too with Robert Megennis returning to the No. 27 entry and rookies Kyle Kirkwood (No. 28) and Danial Frost (No. 68) joining the helm. The only other guaranteed driver is rookie Nikita Lastochkin with Exclusive Autosport.
Kirkwood, 21, was quickest in spring training this week and has taken the Road to Indy by storm over the past two years. He won 12 of 14 races in 2018 during a dominant campaign in USF2000, then added another nine race wins last year on his way to securing the Indy Pro 2000 crown. In 2020 he will attempt to become the first driver to win championships on all three levels of the Road to Indy – and, even more impressively, in consecutive years. If so, he will also claim another Road to Indy scholarship, valued at $1 million, to ensure entry into a minimum of three IndyCar Series races in 2021, including the 105th Indianapolis 500.
Indy Lights represents the third and final step on the unique and internationally recognized open-wheel racing development ladder, which in 2020 will offer prizes and scholarships valued at over $2.7 million to help talented drivers to work their way from the grassroots of the sport all the way to the NTT IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500.
So far, that’s 10 full time drivers with a potential of another HDM entry and Exclusive Autosport machine.
We could see upwards of 12-14 cars at some races.