Indian Grand Prix axed for 2014

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The Indian Grand Prix will be dropped for 2014, as Bernie Ecclestone and the race organizers have confirmed a one-year absence from the Formula One calendar.

An internal date conflict – Ecclestone and FOM preferred an early month date, while the Indian Grand Prix Jaypee Group wanted it later in the year – was cited as the official reason.

“When we signed the five-year deal with Jaypee, we were keen on going to India in the first half and Jaypee wanted it to be in October,” Ecclestone said in a Times of India report. “We gave in at that time, but now it looks we will have the race early 2015.”

Alleged “political” problems involving the race, explained here on Monday, may also be to blame for the dropping of the event.

For 2015, the race could return as part of the series of Australia and Asia flyaway rounds. The opening four races of this year were at Australia, Malaysia, Bahrain and China.

Russian and Austrian events already have been announced for 2014, with the on-again, off-again and now on-again New Jersey round of the championship at Port Imperial set for inclusion as well if it gets its financial house of cards in order.

With 20 races already on the calendar in 2013, inevitably there would be drop-offs to accommodate the new rounds, and this is the first domino.

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.