Monday, January 10, 2022

IndyCar Drivers Set to ring in New Year’s at Rolex 24

As it’s a veritable Smorgasboard ‘O IndyCar talent interloping on Ye Day-toner’s High Banks before Thar season starts…


Welcome Back Y’all to another year’s No Fenders Scribblings, or as someone on Ye Intrawoods’ politely labeled it, Dribble! As it’s hard to believe that we’re only 48 Days away from the 2022 IndyCar season kicking off at St Petersburg on February 27th!


As the only “Fulltime” season ride without it’s Driver’s identity revealed prior to New Year’s was who’d be driving the Twisties’ portion of the calendar aboard Ed Carpenter Racing’s #20 entry? As the seat still seems up for grabs between incumbent Conor Daly or either Ryan Hunter-Reay or Jack Aiken, with nothing having been publicly divulged as of January 7th.


Meanwhile, early last December, Racer’s Marshall Pruett teased us All over how potentially nearly Half of the IndyCar Grid’s Drivers could be contesting this year’s fast approaching 24 Hours of Daytona over January 29-30, as here’s what I’ve gleamed so far for this year’s Rolex 24…



Guess I should begin with the reigning winner Wayne Taylor Racing and it’s No. 10 Acura. As Alexander Rossi will return just for the 24 Hours of Daytona this year before solely focusing upon Indy Cars, since it’s a Contract year for him. While Meyer shank Racing’s Helio Castroneves will Moonlight aboard MSR’s #60 Acura in this year’s Rolex 24. With MSR’s newest IndyCar recruit Simon Pagenaud, who has a wealth of Sports Car racing experience being confirmed as part of the team’s #60 entry’s Driver lineup January 3rd.


Not surprisingly, Chip Ganassi Racing’s (CGR) Jimmie Johnson will return for another Go with Action Express Racing’s (AXR) second #48 Cadillac DPi VR for IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship’s four Endurance rounds, beginning with Daytona.


As Johnson’s teammates will once again be K-Squared’, aka Kamui Kobayashi, Mike “Rocky” Rockenfeller and new recruit Jose Marie Lopez.


Staying with CGR IndyCar Drivers, naturally I’ll Arse-sume that Scotty “The Iceman 2.0” Dixon will be co-Driving one of Cheep’s two Cadillac entries, presumably the #01 entry with Renger Van der Zande and Sebastien Bourdais…


The most intriguing lineup for Mwah in the second tier LMP2 Prototypes category is the former IndyCar team DragonSpeed’s No. 81 entry, which features three Andretti Autosport Alumni. With former 2018 Indy Lights teammates Pato O’Ward and Colton Herta being joined by Andretti Autosport IndyCar Rookie Devlin DeFrancesco and which One Doesn’t look like the Others? Sports Car racer Eric Lux filling out the roster.


Racing Team Netherland naturally will field an All Dutch Driver’s lineup with Rinus VeeKay making his second Rolex 24 start. As Rinus will copilot the #29 Oreca LMP2 entry with former Despised Formula 1 Bad Boy Pilote Guido-the-Dutchman, aka Giedo Van der Garde amongst his other co-Drivers.



Top Jimmy’ (Vasser) and James Sully’ Sullivan’s Vasser Sullivan Racing affair, who runs the Factory Lexus GT Daytona (GTD) entries, will once again run it’s brace of Lexus RC F GT3’s, with the #12 in GTD and the famed No. 14 in the GTD Pro category.


As A.J. Foyt IndyCar Rookie Kyle Kirkwood will continue his Endurance Only Duties for VSR, sharing seat time with Jack Hawksworth and Ben Barnicoat.


And that’s just a look at All of the confirmed 2022 IndyCar Drivers who’ll be competing in this year’s Rolex 24, without commenting on Andretti Autosport’s #36 LMP3 entry, or United Autosports LMP2 entry, with the latter being Co-Owned by somebody named Zack Brown.


Other Possibilities

Current Andretti Autosport Newbie’ Romain Grosjean could possibly show up at Daytona? Whilst former Andretti Autosport Duo Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe are said to be exploring their Sports Cars options, albeit Hinch’ is seeking refuge in the GTD Saloon ranks.


And finally, Marshall’s wildest Scuttlebutt suggests that possibly ether of CGR’s Marcus Ericsson or even Alex Palou could be interested in one of Cheep’s two Caddy’ Prototypes drives…


After putting this “Story to Bed,” Marshall Pruett reported that former CGR Sports Car Ace Kevin Bacon’ Magnussen would return for another go at this year’s Rolex 24 aboard the #02 Cadillac with it’s regular Drivers Earl Bamber and Alex Lynn, plus Marcus Ericsson. Along with confirming that Scott Dixon and Alex Palou will join the #01’s crew of Renger Van der Zande and Sebastien Bourdais during the Endurance rounds. As I believe that Ericsson and Palou will be making their Rolex 24 Debuts.


But Magnussen will only drive for CGR at Daytona since he’s contracted as a Werks’ Peugeot FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) HotSchue’ for 2022 and beyond…