INDIANAPOLIS – In the last 24 hours Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (James Jakes, full season) and Chip Ganassi Racing (Sage Karam, St. Petersburg) have made driver announcements to fill two of the outstanding seats still left on the Verizon IndyCar Series grid for 2015.
This leaves just three, and possibly four, remaining full-time seats left on the grid.
While Stefano Coletti has impressed KV Racing Technology and Dale Coyne Racing is perpetually late to the season opener to confirm either of its two cars, the wild card left is Andretti Autosport’s fourth car, which at the moment is the single biggest remaining question mark left among the vacant rides.
Many drivers have been linked to the seat, but none are really “close.”
It’s a question Marco Andretti answered today at INDYCAR Media Day in Indianapolis whether he’d like a fourth to materialize, or, stick to a three-car lineup with teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Carlos Munoz.
“I think financially it would be nice to have a fourth. It’s just really tough right now. I’m sounding like a team owner, it’s not good,” Andretti said, to much laughter.
“But the truth is is that it is. I think it would be good to have a fourth. Look at Penske, they’re stacked. No question about it. They’re going to be pushing each other. If we can get a fourth to push us, there’s no negatives to that.
“We have the personnel to do it in-house, for sure, pretty comfortably.”
Andretti has three Honda-powered cars, while between Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing, those two combined have eight of the Chevrolet-powered cars.