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Old 17 Oct 2017, 21:12 (Ref:3774720)   #61
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Hi all - I haven't been around here for a while so I apologize if I've missed posts on this topic. Has there been any hint at all who might be joining Scott Dixon at Ganassi? Kanaan is at Foyt, and I thought I heard that Kimball and Chilton were both done(?). Dixon's the only IndyCar driver shown on the CGR website right now.

Anything? Is Chip's IndyCar budget scuttled with the absence of Target? Were those pay drivers costing too much somehow (how?)? Am I asking too many silly questions?

Thanks.
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Old 18 Oct 2017, 15:03 (Ref:3774864)   #62
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I think this hasn't been linked here before. DTM driver Robert Wickens joins Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

https://www.motorsport.com/indycar/n...terson-966775/

That's a good news. There has been a demand for younger drivers.
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Old 18 Oct 2017, 15:09 (Ref:3774865)   #63
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I think he’s made the right choice, he clearly has talent and I’m sure he’ll take to Indycars like the proverbial duck to water
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Old 18 Oct 2017, 16:12 (Ref:3774872)   #64
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Brendon Hartley is believed to join Ganassi, but nothing is confirmed.
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Old 18 Oct 2017, 17:01 (Ref:3774881)   #65
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I think that depends on wether he gets the Toro Rosso seat.
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Old 18 Oct 2017, 17:04 (Ref:3774882)   #66
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Hi all - I haven't been around here for a while so I apologize if I've missed posts on this topic. Has there been any hint at all who might be joining Scott Dixon at Ganassi? Kanaan is at Foyt, and I thought I heard that Kimball and Chilton were both done(?). Dixon's the only IndyCar driver shown on the CGR website right now.

Anything? Is Chip's IndyCar budget scuttled with the absence of Target? Were those pay drivers costing too much somehow (how?)? Am I asking too many silly questions?

Thanks.
So the hot rumor is Brendon Hartley, but nothing has been signed with him (apparently). He's also in contention for the Torro Rosso seat next year, so he might be holding off in hopes for an F1 ride, which has been his long held career ambition.

Felix Rosenqvist was first choice, and the attraction was mutual, but his Formula E ride for next year bars him from making a jump to IndyCar until 2019. Not sure if Chip will have the money then...

Chip's budget has decreased significantly. Charlie Kimball probably could have stayed at Ganassi had his budget from Novo Nordisk not been decreased for 2018. Chilton was going through an ugly growth spurt this past season, and frustration mounted on both his sides, and so the split was mutual.

Those two both want to stay in IndyCar, so the natural assumption is they return as teammates, this time with Carlin, which has aspirations to expand into IndyCar.

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Old 18 Oct 2017, 18:49 (Ref:3774901)   #67
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I would have thought that Ganassi would be looking at hinchcliffe if hartley’s f1 bound, but he’s confirmed at spm now along with Robert Wickens. Could Ganassi e.g. retain kimball for the second car? It’s hardly exciting but he’d at least pay some bills.
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Old 19 Oct 2017, 14:46 (Ref:3775039)   #68
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Thanks guys. I'd missed the Hartley and Rosenqvist rumours. I figured CGR was in full-on money save mode with the pulling of Kanaan and Chilton off track late last season. If all the discussions go nowhere, I wonder how Scott Dixon will fare if he's on a one-car team? Would have seemed unthinkable not that long ago.
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Old 19 Oct 2017, 16:00 (Ref:3775060)   #69
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Chilton is a pay driver, so firing him wasn't money saving.

Anyway, Ganassi is short on sponsors.
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Old 19 Oct 2017, 16:03 (Ref:3775062)   #70
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Hartley's now looking to F1 in 2018, so I think we may have to wait a while. Personally I think he's a win-win situation over whether he goes to F1 or Indycars
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Hartley's now looking to F1 in 2018, so I think we may have to wait a while. Personally I think he's a win-win situation over whether he goes to F1 or Indycars
He's probably third in line for the Torro Rosso seat next year.

Of course, the Ganassi seat fell to him, he was second choice there.

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So the hot rumor is Brendon Hartley, but nothing has been signed with him (apparently). He's also in contention for the Torro Rosso seat next year, so he might be holding off in hopes for an F1 ride, which has been his long held career ambition.

Felix Rosenqvist was first choice, and the attraction was mutual, but his Formula E ride for next year bars him from making a jump to IndyCar until 2019. Not sure if Chip will have the money then...

Chip's budget has decreased significantly. Charlie Kimball probably could have stayed at Ganassi had his budget from Novo Nordisk not been decreased for 2018. Chilton was going through an ugly growth spurt this past season, and frustration mounted on both his sides, and so the split was mutual.

Those two both want to stay in IndyCar, so the natural assumption is they return as teammates, this time with Carlin, which has aspirations to expand into IndyCar.

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He's probably third in line for the Torro Rosso seat next year.

Of course, the Ganassi seat fell to him, he was second choice there.

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Think that's exactly what is holding things up. Now that they have him in the car this weekend things could move forward. But if he runs well enough they want to keep him around STR needs 2 drivers for next season and there aren't many super license holders out there STR will want in their car and Red Bull has driven off most of their junior drivers the last few years.
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Baltazar Leguizamon will start two IndyCar races in 2018 with a new team ?
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Old 23 Oct 2017, 16:56 (Ref:3775901)   #74
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Never heard of him before, but I like drivers coming from nowhere to IndyCar.
And I like new teams in IndyCar.
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Jumping from F4 to IndyCar is ridiculous. Leguizamón should do at least a year in Indy Lights.
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