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RLL announces reassigned entries for ’23 driver lineup – “Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that the team has revised the entry designation for their three fulltime programs for the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. Graham Rahal will continue in the No. 15 entry while Jack Harvey will take over the No. 30 and Christian Lundgaard will pilot the No. 45 Honda-powered entry…Supermarket chain Hy-Vee will continue as the full-season, primary sponsor of the No. 45 entry as part of a multi-year agreement. Details on primary sponsorship for the No. 30 entry will be announced in the coming months. Hy-Vee will also be present on the No. 30 entry as an associate sponsor as part of their teamwide associate sponsorship.” Full release at the link. – RLL – (11/23/2022)

DRR and Cusick partner to enter Wilson in No. 24 for Indy 500 – “Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Cusick Motorsports have announced a partnership today to field British racing driver, Stefan Wilson, in the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 to pilot the No. 24 Chevrolet-powered car. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (DRR) has entered and qualified 45 cars in the Indy 500 dating back to 2000 with a best finish of fourth in 2012. Cusick Motorsports was created as a marketing and business-to-business incubator and will be partnering with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for its third attempt at the Indianapolis 500, along with many of its long-term partners. Wilson, the 33-year-old racer, will make his fifth attempt at the Indy 500. Thus far, his career-best finish at the historic race is fifteenth in 2018, where he was leading the race with just four laps to go.” Full release at the link. – DRR – (11/17/2022)

Another star-studded musical lineup announced for ’23 Iowa race weekend – “Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend returns to Iowa Speedway, July 21-23, 2023, and today, Hy-Vee, Inc. announced the impressive lineup of musical acts that will be featured before and after each NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on Saturday and Sunday of event weekend…Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney will perform on Saturday of race weekend while Zac Brown Band and Ed Sheeran will rock the Hy-Vee Stage on Sunday. Ticket renewals for the 2023 Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend will begin on Monday, November 21 and fans can register now for an exclusive pre-sale opportunity at https://www.hyveeindycarweekend.com/ before tickets go on sale to everyone on Monday, December 5.” Full release at the link. – Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend – (11/16/2022)

RACER Q&A 11/16/2022 – RACER’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (11/16/2022)

Trackside podcast 11/15/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 11/15/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (11/16/2022)

Ganassi officially hires Kiel – RACER’s Marshall Pruett reports Chip Ganassi has officially hired a new team manager for their INDYCAR program in former Arrow McLaren SP president Taylor Kiel. Full story at the link. – RACER – (11/16/2022)

ECR announces Pierson as development driver with eye towards 2025 – “Ed Carpenter Racing announced today a new driver development program featuring Josh Pierson. The 16-year-old will continue his ascent through the Road to Indy ranks with the intent of competing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2025 with ECR. Pierson, an Oregon native, will have the guidance and support of ECR team members as he furthers his career and will be mentored by team owner Ed Carpenter. Additionally, Pierson will begin testing one of ECR’s Chevrolet-powered Indy cars in 2023.” Full release at the link. – ECR – (11/15/2022)

AMSP announces new partnership with onsemi – “McLaren Racing today announced onsemi, a leader in intelligent power and sensing technologies, as an Official Partner of the Arrow McLaren SP Team and its No. 6 Chevrolet piloted by Felix Rosenqvist, for the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season…onsemi will be the car title partner for Felix’s No. 6 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet for a selection of races in 2023, including the Grand Prix of Long Beach, Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, Grand Prix at Road America, and the Bommarito Automotive Group 500. The onsemi brand will be represented on all three Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet cars and team kit throughout the full 2023 season.” Full release at the link. – McLaren – (11/9/2022)

RACER Q&A 11/9/2022 – RACER’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (11/9/2022)

Trackside podcast 11/8/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 11/8/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (11/9/2022)

Johnson enters ownership agreement with Petty GMS and will compete in select NASCAR Cup events – “Petty GMS Owner Maury Gallagher and Chairman Richard Petty, announced today the team has entered into an ownership agreement with seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson. Additionally, Johnson will compete in a select number of NASCAR Cup Series events in 2023, to include the running of the 65th annual DAYTONA 500.” Full release at the link. – Petty GMS – (11/4/2022)

Indy Lights rebranded as INDY NXT by Firestone – “The pathway to North America’s premier open-wheel racing series has a fresh, more youthful and energetic final level: INDY NXT by Firestone. INDY NXT will feature a new generation of global racing talent, competing vigorously for podiums and the opportunity to join the elite ranks of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The presenting sponsor and Official Tire of INDY NXT will be Firestone, also the Official Tire Supplier and longtime partner of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. INDY NXT by Firestone will emphasize talent development, while extending racing’s reach and impact to a younger and emerging consumer audience. The rebranded racing series, formerly known as Indy Lights, will stage 14 races in 2023, starting March 5 on the Streets of St. Petersburg and competing on a diverse set of ovals, road courses and street circuits.” Full release at the link. – INDYCAR – (11/3/2022)

RACER Q&A 11/2/2022 – RACER’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (11/2/2022)

Trackside podcast 11/1/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 11/1/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (11/2/2022)

AMSP announces NTT DATA partnership for No. 6 and 4th Indy 500 entry for Kanaan – “McLaren Racing and NTT DATA today announced a multiyear partnership with Arrow McLaren SP beginning with the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season on the No. 6 NTT DATA Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, driven by Felix Rosenqvist. In addition, NTT DATA will partner with Arrow McLaren SP on a fourth car entry in the 2023 Indianapolis 500 with Tony Kanaan, who will be racing in his 22nd Indy 500. NTT DATA will be the Lead Partner on Felix’s No. 6 Chevrolet for 10 races in the 2023 season, highlighted by the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, NTT DATA’s home race at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indy 500, Music City Grand Prix on the Streets of Nashville and the season finale at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. In addition to Felix’s Indy 500 entry, NTT DATA will be a major sponsor on Tony’s Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet for the world-renowned race.” Full release at the link. – McLaren – (11/1/2022)

Ericsson’s likeness unveiled on Borg-Warner Trophy – “Marcus Ericsson unveiled his image on the Borg-Warner Trophy on Oct. 27 in Indianapolis, one of the most significant honors since he won the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.” Full release with the iconic image at the link. – IMS – (10/27/2022)

RACER Q&A 10/26/2022 – RACER’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (10/26/2022)

Trackside podcast 10/25/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 10/25/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (10/26/2022)

Andretti officially announces Herta and Gainbridge extension through ’27 – “INDYCAR race winner Colton Herta has signed an extension to remain with Andretti Autosport through 2027. With continued support from Gainbridge, a Group 1001 company, through a concurrent extension, Herta will pilot the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda in the 2023 NTT INDYCAR season – and beyond.” Full release at the link. – Andretti Autosport – (10/25/2022)

Abel confirmed to return with Abel Motorsports in Lights for ’23 – “Jacob Abel is staying with his family team, Abel Motorsports, in 2023 for his second full season in Indy Lights. Abel, 21, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, will continue to drive the No. 51 Abel Construction entry. He scored five top-five finishes in his rookie Indy Lights season, with a best finish of fourth at the season-ending races at Portland International Raceway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.” Full release at the link. – Indy Lights – (10/24/2022)

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