IndyCar: CFH confirms Luca Filippi as road/street race driver of No. 20 car

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Italian Luca Filippi will have his longest and perhaps best opportunity yet in a Verizon IndyCar Series seat next season, as he has been confirmed as the road and street course driver of the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet for CFH Racing.

Filippi will race 10 events this season, starting with the St. Petersburg race in March and ending with the Sonoma season finale in August. Team co-owner Ed Carpenter will race the six oval events remaining on the calendar.

“It’s a great feeling. I can’t wait to race and share the No. 20 with Ed this year,” Filippi said in a release. “I have to thank Ed, Fuzzy’s Vodka and CFH Racing for this fantastic opportunity and I look forward to the successes we will enjoy this season!”

He replaces Mike Conway, who was officially confirmed overnight as a full-season driver for the FIA World Endurance Championship with Toyota Racing. Conway won at Long Beach and Toronto race two last year.

For Filippi, the 10 events will eclipse the eight he has driven previously in his IndyCar career.

He showed impressive speed in four outings for Bryan Herta Autosport in 2013, with one top-10 finish and the fastest race lap in race two at Houston.

Again at Houston in 2014, Filippi qualified in the Firestone Fast Six in his first time back in an IndyCar in nine months when in a second Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing entry.

“We have seen the potential that Luca has shown over the past two seasons in his limited races and we feel that he will allow us to continue to compete for wins,” Carpenter said of Filippi. “I cannot wait to get the season started so we can work towards our goal of claiming the entrant points championship.”

Like several others (CFH teammate Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud), Filippi is a longtime Honda-affiliated driver who is making the switch to the Bowtie brigade in 2015.

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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