2017 IndyCar Series season kick off and entry list

February 10, 2017
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Marijan Malcevic

  • Phoenix International Raceway, IndyCar Series pre-season test
  • 2017 IndyCar Series Phoenix test

2017 IndyCar Series season kicks off this weekend with official test at Phoenix International Raceway. The winter break is over and IndyCar machines roars again, with all of the full-season entries gather this Friday and Saturday for the two-day open test at 1-mile Phoenix’s oval. Twenty-one names are confirmed so far for the 2017 IndyCar Series season

The 2016 champion Simon Pagenaud is leading the Team Penske squad with number 1 on his Dallara-Chevrolet. There is no more Juan Pablo Montoya in the #2 car, he’s replaced by Josef Newgarden. Montoya announced Indy 500 participation only. Helio Castroneves and Will Power remain in #3 and #12 Team Penske cars.

IndyCar Series, Phoenix

IndyCar Series returned to Phoenix last year, after eleven-year hiatus

The Newgarden-Montoya switch is the most significant change in the drivers’ line-up for 2017 but some other big names joined new squads. Sebastien Bourdais also changed a team, he will drive the #18 Dale Coyne Racing’s Honda, alongside rookie Ed Jones as his teammate in the #19 car. The 2016 Indy Lights champion in only rookie on the entry list so far.

Last year’s rookie and Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi stays in the #98 Honda of Andretti Herta Autosport. Other Andretti’s drivers are Ryan-Hunter Reay (#28), Marco Andretti (#27) and Takuma Sato (#26). The Japanese driver left A.J. Foyt Enterprises after four seasons to join the team of another racing legend.

A.J. Foyt will have completely new line-up in his team, with Conor Daly in the #4 car and Carlos Munoz in the #14 car. The team switches from Honda to Chevrolet for the 2017 season. Chip Ganassi Racing made an opposite change, switching from Chevrolet to Honda. All four drivers of Chip Ganassi Racing remain the same: Scott Dixon (#9) Tony Kanaan (#10), Max Chilton (#8) and Charlie Kimball (#83).

2017 Indy Car Series entry list

1Team PenskeChevroletSimon Pagenaud
2Team PenskeChevroletJosef Newgarden
3Team PenskeChevroletHelio Castroneves
4A.J. Foyt EnterprisesChevroletConor Daly
5Schmidt Peterson MotorsportsHondaJames Hinchcliffe
7Schmidt Peterson MotorsportsHondaMikhail Aleshin
8Chip Ganassi RacingHondaMax Chilton
9Chip Ganassi RacingHondaScott Dixon
10Chip Ganassi RacingHondaTony Kanaan
11KV Racing TechnologyChevrolet
12Team PenskeChevroletWill Power
14A.J. Foyt EnterprisesChevroletCarlos Munoz
15Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHondaGraham Rahal
16Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHondaOriol Servia*
18Dale Coyne RacingHondaSebastien Bourdais
19Dale Coyne RacingHondaEd Jones
20Ed Carpenter RacingChevroletSpencer Pigot, Ed Carpenter
21Ed Carpenter RacingChevroletJ.R. Hildebrand
24Dreyer & Reinbold RacingChevroletSage Karam*
26Andretti AutosportHondaTakuma Sato
27Andretti AutosportHondaMarco Andretti
28Andretti AutosportHondaRyan Hunter-Reay
77Schmidt Peterson MotorsportsHondaJay Howard*
83Chip Ganassi RacingHondaCharlie Kimball
98Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb AgajanianHondaAlexander Rossi
Team PenskeChevroletJuan Pablo Montoya*

Drivers marked with * are not full-season entries

Photos: indycar.com,

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