Scott Speed gets seat fit in preparation for possible IndyCar test

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On Monday, Scott Speed posted a picture of himself getting a seat fitting aboard one of Carlos Munoz’s Verizon IndyCar Series chassis at Andretti Autosport.

If you think this comes out of left field, you’re right… slightly.

Speed has an existing relationship with Andretti Autosport as he races one of the team’s VWs – first a Polo and later the new Beetle – in the Red Bull Global Rallycross.

He also was having the seat fitting in preparation for a possible IndyCar test.

Per a team spokesperson, no date has been set yet for a test. However, the spokesperson confirmed Andretti may use Speed for a test if a conflict arises for one of its full-time drivers. Generally speaking for conflicts, the team would prefer to keep testing in-house among its drivers.

Speed has made one prior IndyCar appearance, when he practiced a Dragon Racing Dallara-Honda in advance of the 2011 Indianapolis 500. He removed himself from the car before qualifying, and replacement Patrick Carpentier crashed later in the same car on Bump Day.

Speed is also Formula 1’s most recent American Grand Prix race driver, having competed in the 2006 and 2007 seasons with Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Andretti will likely have further livery or team announcements next week as a part of IndyCar Media Day, next Tuesday in Indianapolis.

The team is busy with testing this week in both New Orleans (IndyCar) and Florida (Indy Lights).

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.