Sergey Sirotkin joins ART for 2016 GP2 season

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Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin will race for ART Grand Prix in the 2016 GP2 season after leaving Rapax.

Sirotkin finished as the top rookie in GP2 last season, ending the year third in the standings behind champion Stoffel Vandoorne and American driver Alexander Rossi.

The 20-year-old confirmed at the end of last year that he would be remaining in GP2 for 2016 with the hope of balancing his racing commitments with a test role in Formula 1.

On Friday, it was confirmed that Sirotkin would be joining ART in place of Vandoorne who is prohibited from returning to GP2 as a champion.

“I am very excited to be joining ART Grand Prix because it is a big family which has the culture of motorsport,” Sirotkin said.

“They are a winning team wherever they have competed so far, like in the GP2 history, with a unbelievable 2015 season.

“This is a great opportunity for me, because ART Grand Prix has shown many times that it is the best place for a young driver to be and I intend to make the most of this opportunity, while doing the best possible job for the team.

“I would like to thanks ART Grand Prix, SMP Racing and my partners for this opportunity and I’m sure it will be an amazing season for both me and the team.”

Sirotkin first came to attention in 2013 when he joined Sauber as a development driver at the age of 17, with a view to racing in F1 for the Swiss team.

After taking part in practice for the Russian Grand Prix, Sirotkin parted company with Sauber at the end of 2014 before turning his attention to GP2.

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.