Drivers take part in Easter festivities

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All the major racing series are off for the Easter holiday, but some drivers are still taking time to join in several time-honored traditions.

Yesterday, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway made its annual claim as perhaps the best Easter egg-hunting ground ever by turning the kiddies loose inside Turn 3 of the Brickyard in a rush for Easter treats. IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Ed Carpenter (pictured) and Alex Tagliani also dropped in on the event, which was open to the public.

“Any reason to get out to IMS is a good reason and it’s always fun to bring the family out here and have some fun,” Carpenter told Indianapolis TV station WISH-TV.

Meanwhile, former IndyCar racer and current NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie Danica Patrick will be spending Monday at the White House as part of its 135th annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn. She will be one of multiple guest readers for the Roll, joining NFL phenom Adrian Peterson, Sesame Street, the Super Sprowtz, and child actress Quvenzhane Wallis, the youngest actress to ever receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

The White House expects to entertain more than 35,000 guests for the Roll on Monday.

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.