Coyne ride-share planned for second car?

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Dale Coyne Racing is projected to have two drivers share its second car for the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season, as Stefan Wilson and Ana Beatriz would make up the numbers for the veteran team owner. Wilson will test for DCR this Wednesday at IndyCar’s official preseason test at Barber Motorsports Park.

Coyne went with a ride-share in 2011, with Alex Lloyd (ovals) and Sebastien Bourdais (road/street courses) sharing the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Dallara-Honda.

Exact races have not been confirmed, but Indianapolis Star reporter Curt Cavin said Wilson, the 23-year-old younger brother of Justin, will run all road and street courses except Brazil.  Beatriz will race in her home country, and is expected to run the oval rounds of the schedule.

No determination has been made to potentially running a third car to accommodate all drivers, if all three are confirmed, for the Indianapolis 500.

Stefan Wilson, then, would join brother Justin as teammates within Coyne Racing. The last pair of brothers to race against each other in IndyCar was Buddy and Jaques Lazier in 2007, at that year’s Indianapolis 500.

He won twice in the 2011 Firestone Indy Lights Series, and finished third in that year’s series standings behind champion Josef Newgarden and Esteban Guerrieri.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.