Drivers arrive at Le Mans from Texas, Berlin races

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This weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans features a number of drivers who were in action this weekend at either Texas Motor Speedway for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Rainguard Water Sealers 600, or at the Tempelhof Airport circuit for the FIA Formula E Championship’s Berlin ePrix doubleheader.

Here’s how they fared this weekend:

INDYCAR (4)

  • Tony Kanaan, finished 2nd, missed scrutineering due to required ACO Simulator session; will share No. 68 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ford GT with Dirk Mueller, Joey Hand in GTE-Pro
  • Scott Dixon, finished 9th (contact), arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 69 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ford GT with Richard Westbrook, Ryan Briscoe in GTE-Pro
  • Mikhail Aleshin, finished 14th (contact), arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 27 SMP Racing Dallara P217 Gibson with Sergey Sirotkin, Victor Shaytar in LMP2
  • Townsend Bell, called race for NBCSN, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GTE with Cooper MacNeil, Bill Sweedler in GTE-Am

FIA FORMULA E (9)

  • Felix Rosenqvist, finished 1st and 2nd, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 21 DragonSpeed – 10Star Oreca 07 Gibson with Henrik Hedman, Ben Hanley in LMP2
  • Sebastien Buemi, excluded, then 1st, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid with Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima in LMP1
  • Lucas di Grassi, finished second and third, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE with James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi in GTE-Pro
  • Jose Maria Lopez, finished fourth and fifth, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 9 Toyota TS050 Hybrid with Stephane Sarrazin, Yuji Kunimoto in LMP1
  • Stephane Sarrazin, finished 11th and 14th, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 9 Toyota TS050 Hybrid with Jose Maria Lopez, Yuji Kunimoto in LMP1
  • Jean-Eric Vergne, finished eighth and sixth, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 24 CEFC Manor TRS Racing Oreca 07 Gibson with Tor Graves and Jonathan Hirschi in LMP2
  • Sam Bird, finished seventh and seventh, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE with Davide Rigon, Miguel Molina in GTE-Pro
  • Nelson Piquet Jr., finished 12th and 12th, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 13 Vaillante Rebellion Oreca 07 Gibson with David Heinemeier Hansson and Mathias Beche in LMP2
  • Nicolas Prost, finished fifth and eighth, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 31 Vaillante Rebellion Oreca 07 Gibson with Bruno Senna and Julien Canal in LMP2

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

Santino Ferrucci AJ Foyt
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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.