Saturday, January 28, 2023

ROLEX 24: IndyCar Drivers Guide

As just over One Third of this year’s IndyCar field will go Sports car racing this weekend…


Perusing the cavernous No Fenders Archive vault, I came across a story that made me ponder if Thar’s anybody on this year’s Rolex 24 Grid that makes fellow competitors as nervous as when ‘Ol superTex’, nee Anthony Joseph Foyt Jr. “terrorized” Day-Toners’ High Banks in an All conquering Porsche 962 Panzerwagen? Hey after all, some IndyCar Rookie’s honouring His Bosses turning 88 this year with His car number…


As Here’s a list of the 10 IndyCar Drivers that are racing at Day-Toner’ this year. Excluding both Chip Ganassi Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing’s IndyCar Development Drivers and Indy NXT Competitors Kyffin Simpson and Josh Pierson respectively. Nor Christian Rasmussen and Rasmus Lind. With All four NXT Drivers comprising nearly Half of HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing’s nine car Indy NXT Armada’s…


Andretti Autosport

(Driver/IMSA Class/Car#/Racing Team/Chassis)

(#26) Colton Herta

Class: GTP, Nos. 24-25 Team BMW M RLL; BMW M Hybrid V-8


(#27) Kyle Kirkwood

Class: GTD, No. 12 Vasser Sullivan Racing; Lexus RC F GT3


(#28) Romain Grosjean

Class: GTD Pro, No. 63 Iron Lynx; Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo2


(#29) Devlin DeFrancesco

Class: LMP2, No. 51 Rick Ware Racing; Oreaca 07


Chip Ganassi Racing

(#9) Scott Dixon

Class: GTP, No. 01 Cadillac Racing; Cadillac V-LMDH


Ed Carpenter Racing

(#21) Rinus VeeKay

Class: LMP2, No. 11 TDS Racing; Oreca 07


Meyer Shank Racing

(#06) Helio Castroneves

Class: GTP, No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing; Acura ARX-06


(#60) Simon Pagenaud

Class: GTP, No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing; Acura ARX-06


Team Penske

(#2) Josef Newgarden

Class: LMP2, No. 8 Tower Motorsports; Oreaca 07


(#3) Scott McLaughlin

Class: LMP2, No. 8 Tower Motorsports; Oreca 07


Thanks to Raymond Hando’s For The Love of Indy’s comprehensive Car-by-Car preview of the entire 61 Car Grid for this year’s Rolex 24. I learned that there’s actually five Indy NXT Drivers participating this year.


With No Disrespect towards Danial Frost who’s part of the No. 43 MRS GT-Racing’s LMP3 line up, who I missed during my Mondo’ Rolex 24 previews. With Frost’s inclusion seeing more than Half of HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing’s Indy NXT Squad “Tuning Up” at Daytona.


Also, Colton Herta is indeed driving in both of BMW M Team RLL ‘s GTP Prototypes, albeit primarily in the #24 entry.


Which although rare, Driver’s have raced two cars before. As this year’s LMP2 Pole Sitter Ben Keating comes to mind. Although Keating raced for two different teams in two different classes from what I remember.


Also believe Thars a Maximum Drive-time that Herta, or Any competitor cannot exceed more than Four hours in any Six Hour period…