At racing season’s roughly halfway point, here’s some of the bigger crashes to date (VIDEO)

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The bad news through the first half, roughly, of the 2015 international racing season is that there have been several major and severe looking accidents.

The good news is that in all of the above accidents, the drivers involved emerged almost completely unscathed and would race another day. Of the accidents, Busch was sidelined nearly half the year but returned to the track in May.

Here’s a rundown of the biggest thrills and spills thus far, from the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series, FIA Formula 1 and the Verizon IndyCar Series:

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jamie McMurray’s spin triggers a large crash at Daytona
  • F1: Sauber’s Felipe Nasr has front-end impact in Canada
  • IndyCar: Ryan Briscoe survives horrific end-over-end accident in Fontana
  • NASCAR Xfinity Series: Erik Jones spun in second “big one” of Xfinity opener, while Kyle Busch slid into the unprotected inside retaining wall at Daytona
  • F1: Max Verstappen collects Romain Grosjean in the biggest wreck of the F1 season thus far, at Monaco
  • Xfinity: Daniel Suarez and Regan Smith are caught up in the first “big one” at the Xfinity opener
  • IndyCar: Ed Carpenter goes in backwards and catches air on Sunday morning of Indy 500 qualifying
  • F1: Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso have a scary coming together in Austria
  • Sprint Cup: Trevor Bayne hits the backstraight wall at Talladega in another “big one”
  • IndyCar: Helio Castroneves’ aerial flight in Indy 500 practice kicks off a concerning week of accidents
  • Sprint Cup: Austin Dillon’s crash in Daytona was the scariest one of the year by far

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.