Chaos central: On-boards from Mid-Ohio USF2000 start crash


Race 3 of the USF2000 National Championship weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course started off with a humdinger of an accident. There were 11 cars in the 28-car field that got caught up in it.

Here’s a handful of on-board videos describing the chaos. We’ll start with Matt McMurry, son of sometimes American Le Mans Series racer Chris, who drives the No. 14 Belardi Auto Racing entry. McMurry’s on-board is mounted on the right side of his rollhoop, just to the right of his cockpit. McMurry’s video does a great job of breaking down the play-by-play of the accident. The link is below.

Next up is Edmonton native Stefan Rzadzinski, who has experience in all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder and drives the No. 93 car for JDC Motorsports. “Rzad,” as he’s known, said on Twitter that his way of carving through the mess was his “channeling his inner Pavel Datsyuk.” Or, as he calls it, “Racing Dangles.” Anyway, the first part of his video is an on-board, and teammate Arthur Oliviera in the No. 12 JDC car, several rows behind, has a front row seat to Rzadzinski’s avoidance maneuver.

Someone who made it through the mess but not without seeing some things you rarely do in a race car was Brandon Newey, son of Bryan Herta Autosport team co-owner Steve Newey. The younger Newey, in the No. 98 Afterburner Autosport entry, has another car, Dalton Kellett, actually facing him head-on (main picture).

Last but not least was poor Tim Paul, in the No. 6 ArmsUp Motorsports/SMR entry… who as far as we know at this point is the main on-board that didn’t make it through the accident.

There may be more to come but this is a good sampling of the views these young drivers had to see for their race this past weekend.

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

Santino Ferrucci AJ Foyt
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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.