GP2: Gelael joins Carlin for four of remaining five rounds

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Sean Gelael will make his GP2 Series debut in Hungary next weekend with Carlin as part of a four-race deal to the end of the 2015 season.

Gelael, 18, currently races in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship with the Carlin-backed Jagonya Ayam team, and will balance these commitments with GP2.

The Indonesia driver will miss the GP2 round at Monza in September due to a clash with the Formula Renault 3.5 race at Silverstone, but will race in Hungary, Belgium, Russia and Abu Dhabi.

“It’s a great championship that makes great drivers,” Gelael said of GP2. “The opportunity came up at Carlin and it was a good fit. I just want to try and learn as much as possible and it will be good to get experience of the Pirelli tires.

“I’m not quite sure what I’m doing yet next year so using this as a building year. To be able to do these GP2 races with Carlin who we have great chemistry with and a great history with makes sense.

“I’m just really happy to have the opportunity. I’ve done my seat fit and the car feels really comfortable; my feet don’t hit the chassis or anything so I’m just really excited about Budapest.”

“We’re delighted to have Sean in GP2 with us for four rounds this season,” team owner Trevor Carlin said. “He is still very young and is wisely learning as much as he can this season after stepping up from F3 [pictured] last year.

“Sean is always a joy to work with and we’ll be working with him very closely to help him get the most out of this experience as possible.”

Gelael will race alongside Julian Leal at Carlin, taking the seat vacated by Marco Sørensen earlier this year when he opted to focus on his endurance racing commitments with Aston Martin Racing.

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.