Michael Goulian, American pilot wins Indy Air race for the first time

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For the first time in the three years the Red Bull Air Race World Championship has been racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, an American has won.

In front of 40,000 spectators, Michael Goulian beat Canadian Pete McLeod and Frenchman Nicolas Ivanoff on the most technical course of the air racing season. Racing through a low-level slalom track with 80-foot-high air filled pylons, the pilots reached top speeds of 230 mph and endured 10Gs of force.

“It’s a big day,” Goulian said in a press release. “Right now, the season doesn’t even mean anything, because to win at Indy is amazing. Sometimes the day just works out for you, and today it did. It feels great to win here.”

From the podium, Goulian made his way to the frontstretch of Indy to kiss the bricks – just as auto racing legends Will Power in IndyCar and Brad Keselowski in NASCAR have done already this year.

While the season standings were not a primary concern for Goulian, the victory vaulted him back into the points lead of the Red Bull series. He now has a five point advantage over Czechoslovakia’s Martin Sonka and is seven points ahead of Austria’s Matt Hall.

The final race of the season will be held in Fort Worth, Texas this November at Texas Motor Speedway.

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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.