IndyCar: Simona de Silvestro confirmed in fourth Andretti entry for St. Pete

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We have an answer to the fourth car at Andretti Autosport puzzle, and it’s Simona de Silvestro.

The fan favorite, who raced full-time in the Verizon IndyCar Series from 2010 through 2013, will return to the series in what will be a one-off race with Andretti at the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Further races may be possible.

Still, this represents de Silvestro’s best chance yet in IndyCar after previous stints with KV Racing Technology and HVM Racing.

De Silvestro is something of a St. Pete specialist, having finished fourth in 2011 and posting a career-best start of third and solid finish of sixth in 2013.

“I am very excited to be joining Andretti Autosport and to become part of a team with such a successful history,” de Silvestro said. “It feels really special to have been given this opportunity to drive for them. I also want to thank Michael for believing in me and I can’t wait to start working with the team. Also, I am looking forward to get back behind the wheel of an Indy car.”

Added team owner Michael Andretti, “We are really excited to have Simona come on board with the team for St. Pete. She will be a great fit for the team, and hopefully we’ll be able to build on the program, eventually taking it from this race to future events and maybe even a full-season relationship. Fans should stay connected with the team to hear more about our potential future with Simona.”

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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