News for the Month of December 2016

RLL announces deal for Servia for 101st Indy 500 – “Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Oriol Servia will return to the team for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 with the hope of adding more races during the season. Servia competed for the team in the Indy 500 in 2009, the Indy 500 and three other races in 2014, the Indy 500 in 2015 and will return for the 101th Running of the Indy 500 on May 28, 2017.” Full release at the link. – RLL – (12/6/2016)

RLL adds German as engineering consultant – “Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that respected engineer Tom German has joined the team as an engineering consultant in a multi-year deal. In addition to other notable successes, German has participated in three Indy car championships and one in the NASCAR Nationwide series while with Penske Racing as well as five Indy 500 wins, most recently as 2016 winner Alexander Rossi’s race engineer.” Full release at the link. – RLL – (12/6/2016)

CGRT to name No. 8 driver on 12/7 – Per an INDYCAR release Chip Ganassi Racing Teams will name the driver of their No. 8 Verizon IndyCar Series entry on Wednesday, December 7th. – INDYCAR – (12/6/2016)

Final test of ’16 set for 12/9 – RACER’s Marshall Pruett previews the final Verizon IndyCar Series test of 2016 at Sebring International Raceway on Friday, December 9th. This will be the debut of Chip Ganassi Racing Team’s return to Honda and they will have four cars testing. Full preview at the link. – RACER – (12/6/2016)

Plans for ’18 aero kits could be unveiled this month – Motorsport.com’s David Malsher reports that INDYCAR plans to announce details for the 2018 homogenized aero kit sometime this month. “We hope to have good news by the end of the year,” said INDYCAR president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “We’re aiming to announce the designer and the builder of the kit.” More at the link. – Motorsport.com – (12/6/2016)

Andretti adds Ryan Norman to Indy Lights driver stable – “Ryan Norman will begin his Mazda Road to Indy career competing in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires with Andretti Autosport. The rookie will pilot the No. 48 Flip Side Mazda as part of Andretti’s 2017 stable.” “I’m very excited to join Andretti Autosport for the 2017 Indy Lights Season,” said Norman. “With their great success in IndyCar and Indy Lights, it is the perfect environment for me to learn and grow as a driver. I want to thank Michael Andretti and the rest of the team for this wonderful opportunity and I hope to bring great results to the team this coming year.” Full release at the link. – Andretti Autosport – (12/5/2016)

New sponsor for Texas race – The Verizon IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway has a new sponsor as the race will now be called the Rainguard Water Sealers 600. “We extremely pleased to have Texas Motor Speedway and “America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Race” serve as the initial sponsorship venture into motorsports and sports in general for Rainguard Water Sealers,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. “We look forward to providing Rainguard with an exceptional first experience as an entitlement sponsor and help the company attain their goals through this sponsorship agreement.” See the link for more details. – Texas Motor Speedway – (12/5/2016)

Andretti confirms Sato as driver of No. 26 for ’17 – “Racing veteran Takuma Sato will take the wheel of the No. 26 Honda-powered machine as he joins the Andretti Autosport stable for the team’s 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series effort. Sato’s open-wheel experience, paired with the veteran driving force of Andretti, position the four-time championship team as top competitors amongst the IndyCar field.” “I am extremely excited that we were able to work out a deal with Michael and Andretti Autosport,” said Sato. “With Honda an integral part of Andretti Autosport, it seemed like a great fit.” Full release at the link. – Andretti Autosport – (12/2/2016)

Staff shuffles more than just a driver at Andretti – NBC Sports’ Tony DiZinno has a nice recap of the staff changes at Andretti Autosport this offseason now that the addition of No. 26 driver Takuma Sato is official. The additions of Eric Bretzman and Jeremy Milless to the engineering side of their INDYCAR program could also lead to a reshuffle on which strategist works with each driver. Full story at the link. – NBC Sports – (12/2/2016)

Miller’s Mailbag 12/1/16 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (12/1/2016)

Trackside podcast 11/30/16 – 1070 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 11/30/16 is a great listen as always. The pair discusses the potential ramifications of James Hinchcliffe’s excellent showing on Dancing With the Stars and all of the latest INDYCAR news. – 1070 The Fan – (12/1/2016)

Jamin named as ’17 Lights driver for Andretti – “Andretti Autosport has announced that Frenchman Nico Jamin will join the team’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires roster for the 2017 season. The Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires standout will pilot the No. 27 Mazda for the schedule’s 16 races alongside Canadian Indy Lights sophomore Dalton Kellett.” Full release at the link. – Andretti Autosport – (11/29/2016)

Juncos names Dapero as ’17 Lights driver – “Juncos Racing is pleased to announce young Argentinean Nicolas Dapero will return to Juncos Racing and move up to the final step of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder for the 2017 Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Dapero is the first driver to commit the championship winning team’s Indy Lights line-up. Nicolas Dapero (Buenos Aires, Argentina) joins the Indy Lights series after a successful rookie season in the 2016 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with Juncos Racing. Dapero recorded one win, multiple podium finishes, and earned the fastest lap in the final race of the 2016 season.” Full release at the link. – Juncos Racing – (11/29/2016)

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