Carpenter, Kanaan round out podium for final IndyCar 2013 race

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Lost in the shuffle of the title, the race win and the attrition war around them in IndyCar’s 2013 curtain closer were the two remaining podium finishers on Saturday night.

Ed Carpenter came up just shy of his third consecutive season finale victory in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, while Tony Kanaan rounded out his career at KV Racing Technology – SH shy of the $250,000 bonus on offer from Fuzzy’s had he won a second race in the Triple Crown (Indianapolis 500 his first).

Carpenter lost out to Will Power despite gaining on him toward the finish. Had he won, he would have been the 11th different winner in the 2013 season, which would have tied a record. As it is, Carpenter matches his car number in becoming the 20th different driver to score a podium this year.

“We came in the pits the last time, and took some downforce off the rear wing to get more straightaway speed for the finish. And it was working; it got us to second,” said Carpenter.

“Will (Power) was real fast the few three or four laps out of a yellow. Then we started reeling him in and we just ran out of laps. If it had gone a little further, I thought we could have caught him.”

Carpenter led only a single lap in the 250-lap race while Kanaan, who started ninth and finished third, led three during a pit stop exchange earlier in the race.

“It was a hard race,” Kanaan said. “I had a couple of scary moments out there, but the engineers made adjustments almost every stop and the guys did a great job in the pits. In the end, we just didn’t have enough to win. It was a great feeling to give the team a podium finish in our last race.”

Kanaan’s KVRT teammate Simona de Silvestro posted her best career result on an oval, eighth, to secure her fifth straight top-10 finish heading into the offseason.

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.