News for the Month of October 2018

Italian courts order Ferrucci to pay €502,000 to Formula 2 team – The Checkered Flag’s Aaron Gillard reports Italian courts have ordered Santino Ferrucci to pay his former FIA Formula 2 team Trident Motorsports “€502,000 plus interest and legal fees” for “breach of contract and failing to provide payments to the team during his tenure.” Ferrucci has been expected to be confirmed to drive for Dale Coyne Racing next to Sebastien Bourdais for the 2019 IndyCar Series season. Full story at the link. – The Checkered Flag – (10/22/2018)

Brown answers McLaren won’t be in IndyCar full time in ’19 – RACER’s Marshall Pruett and Chris Medland report McLaren will not be full-time in the IndyCar Series in 2019. “We’ve taken the decision to not compete on a full-time basis in 2019,” McLaren CEO Zak Brown said during a press conference at Circuit of The Americas. “We’re simply not ready yet and are focused on Formula 1, so we won’t be doing that in 2019. We do have the desire, as we’ve mentioned before, in the near future.” Full story at the link. – RACER – (10/19/2018)

Drivers optimistic after IMS test – Six IndyCar Series drivers tested at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday to test new Firestone compounds, drive on the oval for the first time since an RPE penetrant was put down, and test aerodynamic changes to allow for better racing in groups. “The ’19 (tire) is much more consistent, it’s much easier to feel what it’s doing, the grip level is up, which we need mechanical grip,” said 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon. “Firestone, to be honest, has done a very, very good job.” Full story from INDYCAR at the link. – INDYCAR – (10/18/2018)

Jones to drive ECR No. 20 on road/street courses with Scuderia Corsa deal for Indy 500 – “Ed Carpenter Racing and Scuderia Corsa will combine their efforts to field Ed Jones in 13 of 17 events on the 2019 IndyCar Series schedule, team officials announced today. The 2019 season will see Jones compete in all road and street course events in the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet. Additionally, ECR and Scuderia Corsa will field the No. 64 for Jones in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Jones will race alongside team owner Ed Carpenter, oval driver of the No. 20, and Spencer Pigot, full-time driver of the No. 21 Chevrolet.” Full release at the link. – ECR – (10/17/2018)

Miller’s Mailbag 10/17/18 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (10/17/2018)

Trackside podcast 10/16/18 – 1070 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 10/16/18 is a great listen as always. Cara Adams, Jordan Taylor, and Sheldon Creed are guests on the show. – 1070 The Fan – (10/17/2018)

King moving on from ECR for ’19 – Jordan King will move on from Ed Carpenter Racing in 2019 per a story on his website. “We are currently working on options for 2019 after Ed Carpenter provided an excellent learning curve for 2018. This year has been a great platform but 2019 is another chapter with some exciting plans ahead that, as a package, will give me the opportunity to show my potential even further.” RACER reports Ed Jones will be King’s replacement as the road and street course driver in the ECR No. 20. Full news at the link. – Jordan King – (10/16/2018)

RHR earns overall win at Petit Le Mans – Ryan Hunter-Reay teamed with Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande to win the 21st Running of the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta over the weekend. Full INDYCAR recap at the link. – INDYCAR – (10/15/2018)

Castroneves named to Texas Motorsports HOF – “For the first time in nearly a decade, the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame will be inducting two new members at its annual event that benefits the Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter. Castroneves will become the 21st member inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame when he is honored during a special ceremony held in The Speedway Club’s Grand Ballroom on Saturday, Nov. 3, during the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR playoff tripleheader weekend. Castroneves joins retired NASCAR star Carl Edwards, who was announced as the 20th inductee last week.” Full release at the link. – TMS – (10/11/2018)

Miller’s Mailbag 10/10/18 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (10/10/2018)

Trackside podcast 10/9/18 – 1070 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 10/9/18 is a great listen as always. George Steinbrenner IV is a guest on the show. – 1070 The Fan – (10/10/2018)

Detroit Grand Prix announces updates for ’19 – Detroit Grand Prix organizers have announced updates for the Raceway at Belle Isle Park for 2019. Full release at the link. – Detroit GP – (10/5/2018)

Report: Ericsson in talks with Carlin for ’19 – RACER’s Chris Medland reports Marcus Ericsson is in talks with Carlin to drive their No. 23 car in the IndyCar Series in 2019. Full story at the link. – RACER – (10/4/2018)

Miller’s Mailbag 10/3/18 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (10/3/2018)

Trackside podcast 10/2/18 – 1070 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 10/2/18 is a great listen as always. Graham Rahal and Natalie Decker are guests on the show. – 1070 The Fan – (10/3/2018)

Report: Ferrucci set to be confirmed for second full-time car at DCR – RACER’s Marshall Pruett reports Dale Coyne Racing is set to announce Santino Ferrucci as a full-time driver in the IndyCar Series in 2019 alongside teammate Sebastien Bourdais. Full story at the link. – RACER – (10/2/2018)

O’Donnell to resign from INDYCAR at the end this year – RACER’s Mark Glendenning reports Hulman Motorsport Chief Marketing Officer C.J. O’Donnell will resign at the end of 2018. “IndyCar, fueled by our tremendous drivers, teams and sponsors, has experienced five years of steady growth,” O’Donnell said in a statement to RACER.com. Full story at the link. – RACER – (10/2/2018)

Report: INDYCAR/NASCAR doubleheader at Chicagoland was discussed for ’19 – Adam Stern reports INDYCAR and ISC executives discussed a possible INDYCAR/NASCAR doubleheader weekend at Chicagoland Speedway for 2019. The deal didn’t go through but is still a possibility for the future. Full story at the link. – SBJ – (10/1/2018)

INDYCAR posts Miles/Frye update from Victory Lap Celebration – INDYCAR.com has a great story with quotes from Mark Miles and Jay Frye from the INDYCAR Victory Lap Celebration last week. Check it out at the link. – INDYCAR – (10/1/2018)

Ganassi announces NTT Data extension and Rosenqvist as driver for No. 10 in ’19 – “Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that 26-year-old Swede Felix Rosenqvist will join the team’s IndyCar Series program in the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda beginning in 2019. He will team up with five-time and reigning IndyCar Series Champion, Indianapolis 500 and 44-time race winner Scott Dixon. Longtime partner NTT DATA has also renewed with CGR as part of a new multi-year deal to carry on as primary partner of the No. 10 Honda.” Full release at the link. – CGR – (9/28/2018)

INDYCAR announces testing regulations and open test dates for ’19 – “Circuit of the Americas, the popular permanent road course added to the 2019 schedule as the second race of the season on March 24, will play host to the only official gathering of all IndyCar Series full-season entries before the season starts. The track in Austin, Texas, will be the site of a two-day open test on Feb. 12-13 as teams prepare for the season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, less than four weeks later. Teams are scheduled to test on the iconic 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval on April 24, ahead of on-track activities in May leading to the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, California, returns to the Indy car schedule in 2019 for the first time in 15 years, serving as the season finale on Sept. 22. An open test day is set for Sept. 19, just ahead of the official race weekend.” Full release at the link. – INDYCAR – (9/28/2018)

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