F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix (VIDEO)

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Y’all better gather ’round because the NBC Sports Group original digital series, Paddock Pass, is coming along with Formula 1 to Circuit of The Americas for the United States Grand Prix in Austin.

Yes, we acknowledge speaking Texan is an unfortunate but necessary task you have to do in at least one post over the course of the weekend.

The latest edition of the digital only series from the lone U.S. round on the calendar has a bevy of topics to look into as NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton takes you inside the COTA paddock.

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are closing in on their fourth World Championships, Fernando Alonso has at long last confirmed his return to McLaren in a Honda-less world, Brendon Hartley’s making his F1 debut at Toro Rosso, Carlos Sainz Jr. is switching to Renault and the Haas F1 Team looks to bring home the bacon on home soil between Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen as they look to solidify a grasp on seventh place in the Constructor’s Championship.

The latest episode is below.

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.