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Who’s Where? A 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Team Chart

The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series field is becoming clearer.

AJ Foyt Racing announced Thursday Tony Kanaan will join the team for the upcoming season. Meanwhile, Hélio Castroneves and Stefan Wilson will run the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 for Team Penske and Andretti Autosport, respectively.

Kanaan, the 2004 IndyCar champion, will pilot the No. 14 for Foyt and likely replace Carlos Munoz, who completed his first year with the team in 2017. Kanaan was previously a driver with Chip Ganassi Racing, which is downsizing from four full-time entries to two in 2018.

Four-time champion Scott Dixon and a driver yet to be determined will be the full-timers for Ganassi.

Earlier this week, the rumors came to fruition that Castroneves would stick with Team Penske next year, but will compete full-time in the organization’s new sports car program instead of IndyCar.

“I’ve been fortunate to achieve a lot of my personal goals with Team Penske over the years,” Castroneves said in a press release. “Helping Roger (Penske, team owner), the team and everyone with Acura start this program and build it from the ground up will be another big challenge and a great opportunity in my career. … I am focused on helping to develop the ARX-05 to try and win the 24 Hours of Daytona and the IMSA championship in 2018 with Acura.”

Penske will run three full-time entries in the 2018 IndyCar campaign with Simon Pagenaud, Josef Newgarden, and Will Power. Castroneves will be the fourth entry for the Indy 500.

A full report on the Castroneves news can be read on Frontstretch here.

Wilson, who sat out this year’s Indy 500 to allow Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso compete with Andretti Autosport in a joint effort with McLaren Honda, will return to The Greatest Spectacle in Racing next May driving the No. 25 Honda.

Andretti has its full-time lineup set with Zach Veach, Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Alexander Rossi. Wilson will be the team’s fifth entry at Indy.

“I’m very excited to be officially joining the Andretti Autosport team for the 102nd Indy 500,” Wilson said. “It has been a roller-coaster ride to get here, but when looking back, I’m really pleased and feel very fortunate to be in the spot I’m in now. I’ve just kept thinking about the future, knowing that I’d be joining one of the most successful teams in Indy.”

Here’s an idea of what the field may look like for the upcoming season.

2018 INDYCAR TEAM CHART

AJ Foyt Racing

Tony Kanaan

Conor Daly?

Andretti Autosport

Zach Veach

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Alexander Rossi

Marco Andretti

Stefan Wilson (Indy 500 only)

Chip Ganassi Racing

Scott Dixon

Max Chilton/Charlie Kimball?

Dale Coyne Racing

Ed Jones

Sébastien Bourdais

Ed Carpenter Racing

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter (ovals only)

Harding Racing

Gabby Chaves

Juncos Racing

Kyle Kaiser? (guaranteed three races, no team confirmed yet. Won Indy Lights title with Juncos)

RLL Racing

Graham Rahal

Takuma Sato

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

James Hinchcliffe

TBD (no word on a second full-time driver)

Tristan Gommendy (Indy 500 only)

Team Penske

Simon Pagenaud

Josef Newgarden

Will Power

Helio Castroneves (Indy 500 only)

There are a handful of drivers who competed full-time in 2017 season still sitting without a ride. They include Munoz, JR Hildebrand (ran with ECR), and Mikhail Aleshin (ran 12 of 17 rounds with SPM).

About John Haverlin

John Haverlin is Frontstretch's exclusive IndyCar editor and writer. He has covered American auto racing's various forms, including NASCAR Cup, Xfinity, Truck, K&N, Whelen Modified, IndyCar, Mazda Road to Indy, USAC, Modified Touring Series, World of Outlaws, ARCA and ACT Tour. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and currently resides in Long Island, New York.

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2 comments

  1. Helio is doing the Indy GP and the 500, not just the 500.