IndyCar 2016 Silly Season, Round 2

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Not a ton has changed since the last Verizon IndyCar Series silly season update we did in November and to be honest, not a ton will change between now and next month’s Test in the West official preseason test opener at Phoenix International Raceway, February 26-27.

Nonetheless, following Sage Karam’s announcement with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing-Kingdom Racing for the Indianapolis 500 on Thursday night, it’s a good time to put everything down by team:

CONFIRMED CAR/DRIVER COMBINATIONS (24, 18 Full Season, 6 Partial Season):

  • Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet (3): 9-Scott Dixon, 10-Tony Kanaan, 83-Charlie Kimball
  • Team Penske, Chevrolet (4): 2-Juan Pablo Montoya, 12-Will Power, 3-Helio Castroneves, 22-Simon Pagenaud
  • Andretti Autosport, Honda (3): 26-Carlos Munoz, 27-Marco Andretti, 28-Ryan Hunter-Reay
  • Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Honda (2): 5-James Hinchcliffe, 7-Mikhail Aleshin
  • A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Honda (2): 14-Takuma Sato, 41-Jack Hawksworth
  • Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Honda (2): 15-Graham Rahal, TBD-Spencer Pigot (3 races)
  • CFH Racing, Chevrolet (2): 67-Josef Newgarden, 20-Ed Carpenter (ovals only)
  • Dale Coyne Racing, Honda (2): 18-Conor Daly, 88-Bryan Clauson (Indianapolis 500 only, with Jonathan Byrd’s Racing)
  • KVSH Racing, Chevrolet (1): 11-Sebastien Bourdais (not formally confirmed by team but has said to multiple media outlets, including MST, he’ll return)
  • PIRTEK Team Murray, Chevrolet (1): 61-Matthew Brabham (2 races, technical partnership with KV Racing Technology)
  • Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, TBA (1): 24-Sage Karam (Indianapolis 500 only)
  • Grace Autosport, TBD (1): TBD-Katherine Legge (Indianapolis 500 only)

Notes from that list above:

  • There’s no engine changes for 2016 between the confirmed entries. Right now Chevrolet has 9 full-season confirmed entries (Ganassi 3, Penske 4, CFH 1, KVSH 1) with extras for the partial races. Honda’s 9 full-season confirmed cars (Andretti 3, SPM 2, Foyt 2, RLL 1, Coyne 1) also will feature additional extras.
  • DRR did not formally confirm an engine partner in its Indianapolis 500 release. However, its livery renderings featured a Chevrolet logo, and as the team has raced with Chevrolet in the past, it is likely the team will continue.
  • Grace Autosport has not identified its team partner or engine partner as yet, but the Beth Paretta-led organization continues its efforts in preparation for its debut at the Indianapolis 500.


  • Bryan Herta Autosport, first car. The seat that’s been pegged for months for Gabby Chaves, last year’s Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar series rookie-of-the-year, but not officially confirmed as yet, may change hands if Jack Harvey’s hopes turn to reality. Harvey spoke to my MotorSportsTalk colleague Luke Smith last week at the Autosport Show and addressed the possibility he could find a way here. To be honest, given his ability and potential, it would be a damn shame for Chaves if he were to lose this ride this late in the winter. Plus, the irony of a potential loss to Harvey – whom he edged on a tiebreak for the 2014 Indy Lights title – wouldn’t be lost on anyone. In a perfect world, both Chaves and Harvey would have seats in 2016.
  • Dale Coyne Racing, second and fourth cars (fourth Indy 500 only). We know Dale’s second full-season car will be at St. Petersburg, and likely the Phoenix test before it. We do not know who Dale’s second driver will be. “TBA” has the 19 car on lockdown until then. As for the fourth for the Indianapolis 500, both projected driver Pippa Mann and the Coyne team are working diligently to make the “this isn’t quite official yet but it’s damn close” conversation at PRI in December a reality sooner rather than later. Mann discussed that in her latest blog post.
  • Chip Ganassi Racing, fourth car. Ganassi managing director Mike Hull told MST in December the team plans to continue with a fourth car, and is keen to have it out by the February test. We’d noted at the time that “one Indy Lights driver from 2015” was in the running for it. That said driver, Max Chilton,was identified in a report earlier this week and Chip Ganassi actually “liked” one of Chilton’s recent tweets – if you’re into reading the tea leaves, you could put two and two together here.
  • Andretti Autosport, fourth car. Less said here of late about what was a part-time entry for, as it turned out, a three-driver group of Simona de Silvestro, the late Justin Wilson and Sonoma driver Oriol Servia. If NBCSN IndyCar contributor Robin Miller is right from his latest Mailbag post, this could be the landing spot for Sebastian Saavedra and AFS Racing – which would make sense given Saavedra/AFS and Andretti have worked together on multiple prior occasions.
  • CFH Racing, second car (road/street courses). No word yet whether the No. 20 will continue for all races beyond the ovals. Ed Carpenter, as noted above, will drive the five oval races.
  • Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, second car (Indy 500). Don’t rule out an extra possible entry for the ‘500 itself from the Dennis Reinbold-led team.
  • Lazier Racing (Indy 500). No word on whether Buddy Lazier and his family team will return but if they’ve got a chassis and an engine in the back still, it would stand to reason that they’d make a run again in 2016.
  • A.N. Other Team/Entrants: Pick your combination of other teams, past extra entries or other drivers who could find a way to the grid for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.


If money were no object, you’d love to see any or all of these drivers in seats either for the full season or for the Indianapolis 500, beyond those already listed above:

  • Veterans such as Alex Tagliani, Oriol Servia, Ryan Briscoe, Townsend Bell, Bruno Junqueira and Michel Jourdain Jr.
  • Younger rising stars such as Simona de Silvestro, JR Hildebrand, Tristan Vautier, Stefan Wilson, E.J. Viso, Luca Filippi, James Jakes and Rodolfo Gonzalez

The lists could go on. But the bottom line as ever is that remains a glut of drivers on the outside looking in compared to the number of available seats, which is the same story as usual for this time of the year.

IndyCar results, points after 107th Indy 500


INDIANAPOLIS — With his first victory in the Indy 500, Josef Newgarden became the first repeat winner through six race results of the 2023 NTT IndyCar Series season and made a move in the points.

Newgarden, who celebrated with fans in the grandstands, moved from sixth to fourth in the championship standings with his 27th career victory and second this season (he also won at Texas Motor Speedway).

The Team Penske star won his 12th attempt at the Brickyard oval, tying the record for most starts before an Indy 500 victory with Tony Kanaan (2013) and Sam Hanks (1957). Newgarden, whose previous best Indy 500 finish was third with Ed Carpenter Racing in 2016, became the first Tennessee native to win the Greatest Spectacle in Racing and the first American since Alexander Rossi in 2016.

He also delivered the record 19th Indy 500 triumph to Roger Penske, whose team ended a four-year drought on the 2.5-mile oval and won for the first time since he became the owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar in 2020.

Newgarden, 32, led five laps, the third-lowest total for an Indy 500 winner behind Joe Dawson (two in 1912) and Dan Wheldon (one in 2011).

The race featured 52 lead changes, the third most behind 68 in 2013 and 54 in ’16, among 14 drivers (tied with ’13 for the second highest behind 15 leaders in ’17 and ’18). Newgarden’s 0.0974-second victory over Marcus Ericsson was the fourth-closest in Indy 500 history behind 1992 (0.043 of a second for Al Unser Jr. over Scott Goodyear), 2014 (0.0600 of a second for Ryan Hunter-Reay over Helio Castroneves) and 2006 (0.0635 of a second Sam Hornish Jr. over Marco Andretti.).

It also marked only the third last-lap pass in Indy 500 history — all within the past 17 years (Hornish over Andretti in 2006; Wheldon over J.R. Hildebrand in 2011).

Ericsson’s runner-up finish was the ninth time the defending Indy 500 finished second the next year (most recently four-time winner Helio Castroneves in 2003).

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the 107th Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:


Click here for the official box score from the 200-lap race on a 2.5-mile oval in Indianapolis.

Lap leader summary

Full lap chart

Best section times

Full section data

Event summary

Pit stop summary

Here is the finishing order in the Indy 500 with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (17) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 200, Running
2. (10) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 200, Running
3. (4) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 200, Running
4. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 200, Running
5. (7) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 200, Running
6. (6) Scott Dixon, Honda, 200, Running
7. (8) Takuma Sato, Honda, 200, Running
8. (16) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 200, Running
9. (21) Colton Herta, Honda, 200, Running
10. (2) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 200, Running
11. (18) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Chevrolet, 200, Running
12. (27) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 200, Running
13. (25) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 200, Running
14. (14) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 200, Running
15. (20) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 200, Running
16. (9) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 200, Running
17. (24) Marco Andretti, Honda, 200, Running
18. (32) Jack Harvey, Honda, 199, Running
19. (30) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 198, Running
20. (13) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 197, Contact
21. (11) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 196, Contact
22. (33) Graham Rahal, Chevrolet, 195, Running
23. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 195, Running
24. (5) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 192, Contact
25. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 192, Contact
26. (26) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 192, Contact
27. (3) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 183, Contact
28. (15) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 183, Contact
29. (23) David Malukas, Honda, 160, Contact
30. (19) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 149, Contact
31. (31) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 90, Contact
32. (28) RC Enerson, Chevrolet, 75, Mechanical
33. (29) Katherine Legge, Honda, 41, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 168.193 mph; Time of Race: 2:58:21.9611; Margin of victory: 0.0974 of a second; Cautions: 5 for 27 laps; Lead changes: 52 among 14 drivers. Lap leaders: Palou 1-2; VeeKay 3; Palou 4-9; VeeKay 10-14; Palou 15-22; VeeKay 23-27; Palou 28-29; VeeKay 30-31; Rosenqvist 32; Rossi 33-34; Palou 35-39; VeeKay 40-47; Palou 48-60; VeeKay 61-63; Rosenqvist 64-65; O’Ward 66; Power 67; Herta 68; Rosenqvist 69; O’Ward 70-78; Rosenqvist 79-81; O’Ward 82-89; Rosenqvist 90-94; Ilott 95-99; Rosenqvist 100-101; O’Ward 102; Rosenqvist 103-107; O’Ward 108-109; Rosenqvist 110-113; O’Ward 114-115; Rosenqvist 116-119; O’Ward 120-122; Rosenqvist 123-124; O’Ward 125-128; Rosenqvist 129-131; Ferrucci 132; Ericsson 133-134; Castroneves 135; Rosenqvist 136; Ericsson 137-156; Newgarden 157; Ericsson 158; Ferrucci 159-168; Ericsson 169-170; Rossi 171-172; Sato 173-174; O’Ward 175-179; Hunter-Reay 180-187;
O’Ward 188-191; Ericsson 192; Newgarden 193-195; Ericsson 196-199; Newgarden 200.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the GMR Grand Prix:



Engine manufacturers

Pit stop performance

Top 10 in points: Palou 219, Ericsson 199, O’Ward 185, Newgarden 182, Dixon 162, McLaughlin 149, Rossi 145, Grosjean 139, Power 131, Herta 130.

Rest of the standings: Lundgaard 122, Kirkwood 113, Rosenqvist 113, Ilott 111, Ferrucci 96, VeeKay 96, Rahal 94, Malukas 84, Armstrong 77, Daly 73, Castroneves 69, Harvey 65, DeFrancesco 63, Canapino 61, Pagenaud 55, Pedersen 51, Robb 47, Sato 37, Carpenter 27, Hunter-Reay 20, Kanaan 18, Andretti 13, Enerson 5, Legge 5.

Next race: The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, which has moved from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown, will take place June 4 with coverage starting on Peacock at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.