FIA WEC adjusts ‘super season’ schedule; adds Silverstone back

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Following a mix of fan and competitor feedback, the FIA World Endurance Championship has adjusted its calendar for its maiden 2018-2019 “super season.”

A provisional “TBC” date in February 2019 has been moved back to Silverstone, which was left off the initial calendar when it was announced at the Mexico City round two weeks ago.

The Silverstone round will run on August 19, 2018, as the third round in the championship after the traditional dress rehearsal at Spa and then the first of two 24 Hours of Le Mans within the calendar.

Meanwhile the 6 Hours of Fuji race, which was originally slated for October 13-14, has been pushed back one week to October 21.

This avoids a direct conflict with Motul Petit Le Mans, announced for October 10-13, 2018.

That also moves the Shanghai round back a couple weeks, originally announced for November 3-4, to November 17-18, owing to transport time.

The FIA WEC races at Circuit of The Americas this weekend for what is expected to be the final time at the permanent road course in Austin. In terms of a next FIA WEC race in the U.S., there’s more here from DailySportscar about the evolving plans for the Sebring 2019 round.

The revised calendar is below.

2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship Updated Provisional Calendar

1. 4-5 May – WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)
2. 16-17 June – 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA)
3. 18-19 August – 6 Hours of Silverstone (GBR)
4. 20-21 October – 6 Hours of Fuji (JPN)
5. 17-18 November – 6 Hours of Shanghai (CHN)
6. 15-16 March 2019 – 12 Hours of Sebring (USA)
7. 3-4 May 2019 – WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)
8. 15-16 June 2019 – 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA)

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.