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Old 21 Sep 2017, 00:51 (Ref:3768925)   #46
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Gah blummin autocorrect. I'm not convinced that Kanaan is the person to turn around Foyt, but I suppose that something needs trying. I'm not sure which driver he'll ditch, possibly both?

A 2 car Carlin (?) team would be good, Chilton and Kimball aren't really the most exciting drivers, but it would be interesting to see if they get on any better outside Ganassi.
Apart from Castroneves, he is the most experienced driver in IndyCar and will have a wealth of knowledge he can bring to Foyt. Otherwise, I don't know who else can turn around their fortunes.

Out of Daly and Munoz, I wouldn't know who to keep. Munoz finished 16th and Daly 18th and Munoz has the better record overall, so probably Munoz.
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Old 21 Sep 2017, 00:55 (Ref:3768926)   #47
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I would keep Daly. Munoz has had more opporutnities than Daly to this point and hasn't distinguished himself. I'd like to see how Daly does with some stability. I'm not convincee of his ability, but I'm more convinced Munoz is not someone I would really miss.
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Old 21 Sep 2017, 15:26 (Ref:3769076)   #48
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If I were Kanaan, I wouldn't join Foyt's team.
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Old 21 Sep 2017, 15:59 (Ref:3769087)   #49
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If I were Kanaan, I wouldn't join Foyt's team.
Unless Ganassi keeps him, is there anywhere else to go?
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Ganassi's confirmed dropping to 2 cars now. I was a little worried they'd go down to one. Think hart let's favourite for the second car. Hopefully they'll stop parking healthy cars now.
That is a HUGE shift for those guys.
Logic says its better to run 2 cars really well than 4 cars perhaps not so good... losing Target must be hurting this squad more than first thought as well.

The only advantage of 2 cars in the Indy series is shared data isn't it? Pit allocation is independent for each car... so an odd number wouldn't impact a team strategically

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Old 23 Sep 2017, 23:23 (Ref:3769473)   #51
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It seems like there are going to be lineup changes at almost every team this off-season. And of all teams at this time, Dale Coyne Racing is looking like the most stable, which is great from them as they performed well in spite of all the havoc the team had to face this past season. Both Sebastien Bourdais and 2017 Rookie of the Year Ed Jones are expected to return, though not confirmed yet.

At Penske, there are question marks over the #3 car. At Ganassi, they closed up the shops of #8 and #83, so the whole B-team is gone. That was quite a shocker. At Andretti, reigning Indy 500 champion Takuma Sato has chosen to leave, in spite of having been a very good fit with the team. Rookie Zach Veach is going to have to fill some large shoes there. Bryan Herta Autosport will be continuing its fruitful cooperation with Andretti Autosport. AJ Foyt Racing is eyeing Tony Kanaan. Will he join the Team's Waller, TX, based #14 team or the Indianapolis based #4 team? That remains to be seen. Mikhail Aleshin unfortunately did not continue his promising 2016 form into this past season and he was dropped from Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. His replacement in the #7 is still to be determined. At Ed Carpenter Racing, former IndyLights champion Spencer Pigot moves up to the full-season ride #21 after JR Hildebrand had a rough year in that car involving a new and unproven engineering team that came from sports cars, having to sit out one race due to a broken hand Long Beach and podium finishes on ovals. The "road course specialist" to alternate with team owner Carpenter in the #20 still needs to be found. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has Graham Rahal returning and Takuma Sato joining him. Given the strong showings of both drivers in recent years, that could lead to Team Rahal re-joining the teams of Penske, Ganassi and Andretti in the "Big 4". New team Harding Racing which showed lots of promise this year at Indy and scored very impressive Top 5 result at Texas Motor Speedway this year, are expected to join the grid full time with driver Gabby Chaves. Also, Carlin Racing's plans of moving up to IndyCar from IndyLights are very much looking to come to fruition next year, as longtime Carlin cohort Max Chilton is a free agent at this time and has been linked again with the team that his main sponsor owns a stake in.

This year's Indy 500-only entrants Michael Shank Racing, Juncos Racing and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing are likely to return in that capacity, and it remains to be seen if more appearances might happen during the season.

That's the current status of this silly season from a teams perspective. Have I missed anything? Do you have any additions?
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That is a HUGE shift for those guys.
Logic says its better to run 2 cars really well than 4 cars perhaps not so good... losing Target must be hurting this squad more than first thought as well.

The only advantage of 2 cars in the Indy series is shared data isn't it? Pit allocation is independent for each car... so an odd number wouldn't impact a team strategically

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It sounds like Chilton and his crew may have the opportunity to move together to the new team and to have Ganassi experience on the resume can't be bad in OWR.
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It sounds like Chilton and his crew may have the opportunity to move together to the new team and to have Ganassi experience on the resume can't be bad in OWR.
Ganassi did quite well for years with just 2 cars. Jettisoning underperforming pay drivers (Chilton, Kimball) is a good idea, nobody but Dixon was a factor this year at the team.
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That is a HUGE shift for those guys.
Logic says its better to run 2 cars really well than 4 cars perhaps not so good... losing Target must be hurting this squad more than first thought as well.
I dont think money is the driving force here. Honda coming on board has more than covered any funding gap caused by Target leaving.

I think the reality is - running 4 cars is really tough and dilutes your strength. Not everyone can be Penske I guess
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Hélio will switch to IMSA, and do the Indy 500 only.
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I think that outcome was pretty much on the cards. At least he gets another crack at the 500.
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I think that outcome was pretty much on the cards. At least he gets another crack at the 500.
The IMSA Weathertech sportscar series is very good right now. Helio and JPM will have their hands full. Lots of other Indycar vets there too like Christian Fittipaldi, Scott Pruett, Scott Sharp, Sage Karam, Jack Hawksworth, Katherine Legge.

I lost interest in Indycar years ago. But I am as big of a sportscar fan as ever now. It is no demotion for Helio CastroNeves nor Juan Pablo Montoya.
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Tony Kanaan signes a multi-year contract with AJ Foyt Racing from 2018. That's Multi-year.

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