Marco Andretti set to extend with Andretti Autosport for 2016

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Formal confirmation is forthcoming, but MotorSportsTalk has learned that Marco Andretti has committed to a one-year extension with Andretti Autosport for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Andretti, still only 28, has been part of Andretti Autosport’s IndyCar lineup since 2006. He’ll be alongside Ryan Hunter-Reay and Carlos Munoz, the latter of whom was confirmed just on Tuesday, next season.

“I did a one-year. Yep,” Andretti told NASCAR Talk‘s Nate Ryan at last weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series penultimate race of the season at Phoenix International Raceway.

“Right now that’s where the Dr Pepper contract ends. They can’t sign me (longer) with anything on the table.”

Andretti, who has only raced for his father Michael’s team in IndyCar since coming in as a rookie, wouldn’t rule out a potential move elsewhere down the road.

“Yeah. It’s business. How my dad and I look at it. (But) I’m happy where I’m at,” Marco Andretti told Ryan.

“Wish I had more race wins, for sure. But we had the best qualifying and race averages of the team last year. We need to win races. That’s been hindering me for sure. We have a good shot at the 100th (Indianapolis 500), and the championship, and he’s one of the top three teams, I don’t see why I should be upset.”

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.