Conor Daly confirmed for GP2 debut in Malaysia

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Conor Daly’s whirlwind offseason will include his debut in the GP2 Series this weekend in Malaysia. Daly will race with the new Hilmer Motorsport team, based out of Germany, which replaces the former Ocean Racing Technology squad on the grid.

Daly has raced in GP3 for the last two seasons. This winter he tested an IndyCar for A.J. Foyt Racing, raced in India in the MRF Championship Challenge, where he won the championship, and has tested in both GP3 and GP2.

Daly is one of several Americans closing on the doorstep to Formula 1. Alexander Rossi has been confirmed as reserve driver for Caterham F1, and Jake Rosenzweig has already been confirmed for the full GP2 season with the Barwa Addax Team.

Rosenzweig and Daly are the first Americans to race in GP2 since Scott Speed, who raced in the championship’s inaugural season of 2005. Speed is also the last American to have made it into F1, driving a year and a half with the Scuderia Toro Rosso team.

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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.