Dale Coyne Racing and Rick Ware Racing are entering into a two-team partnership for the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season, they announced Jan. 29.
The new joint venture, named Dale Coyne Racing with RWR, will field the No. 51 full time in 2021 and the No. 52 part time, shifting the numbers from the Nos. 19 and 55.
DCR is already entering another full-time car, the No. 18, as part of its Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan organization.
“We were introduced to Rick Ware at last year’s Indy 500 where he ran James Davison in our third entry,” team owner Dale Coyne said in a team release. “It was interesting to see how similar his efforts in the NASCAR Cup Series and IMSA were to ours. We have talked ever since that event and we are excited to welcome Rick Ware Racing into our family at DCR.”
“I met Dale last year through our Indy efforts with David Byrd and struck up a friendship with him and his team,” team owner Rick Ware added. “I have thought a long time about expanding into IndyCar from our efforts in the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and IMSA, so this collaboration, was an easy and logical step. We look forward to a competitive 2021 and beyond together.”
The No. 52 will run at the Indianapolis 500 and other races to be determined.
No drivers have been announced for the new partnership yet, though a driver for the No. 51 is expected next week, per the release.. Ed Jones is driving the No. 18 for the DCR with Vasser Sullivan team.
RWR’s move into IndyCar on a full-time basis coincides with its plans to run four full-time NASCAR Cup Series cars as well as entries in the Xfinity Series and IMSA in 2021.