Thursday, August 13, 2015

Silly Season Update: August 13th, 2015

The 2015 Indycar season has come and gone. And with that, the long offseason begins. One plus to the offseason is Silly Season! Silly Season, in a nutshell, is all of the crazy rumors and signings teams makes before the start of the next season! I've compiled a list of every name that has even been mentioned in the same sentence as Indycar, including rumors and activity from the 2015 season. Here is a full rundown of the names that either are in the field next year or have been mentioned as possible canidates:


Daniel Abt - Despite testing with Andretti Autosport in October of 2014, it appears that Daniel Abt's name has sort of fizzled out in the Indycar paddock. Nothing new has arisen since his test. Abt spent 2015 racing in Formula E and Le Mans. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Mikhail Aleshin - One driver I thought we would never see again in Indycar is Mikhail Aleshin. Aleshin, the standout rookie in the 2014 season from Russia, lost his job in America after sanctions placed by the US government on Russia meant Aleshin couldn’t use funds from Russian bank SMP to retain his ride. However, something has changed, and Aleshin has made it back, with SMP backing, to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the season finale. It’s Aleshin’s goal to comeback full-time next season. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).


Shell Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston - Day 3
Aleshin in 2014 (Photo: Scott Halleran / Getty Images North America)


Fernando Alonso - Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso has expressed interest in running a multitude of races, one of which is the Indianapolis 500. However, if he stays in F1 in 2016, those plans will be pushed back a year since the Monaco Grand Prix falls on the same day as Indy. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



AJ Allmendinger - AJ Allmendinger, who ran part-time with Team Penske in 2013 with the hopes of doing The Double in 2014, has since solidly planted himself in NASCAR. Maybe doing The Double is in the cards, but a one-off at Indianapolis is the only chance we'll get to see him in an Indycar next season. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Marco Andretti Marco Andretti is ‘close’ to securing the funding necessary to race full-time in 2016, according to dad/boss Michael Andretti. Look for Andretti to have a solid season in his 11th year in Indycar. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Townsend Bell - Townsend Bell has made a habit out of running at Indianapolis every year as his only race of the season. The veteran of the track has had Robert Graham sponsoring him the last two years. Since he's raced for multiple teams in the past, look for Bell and his money to work himself back into the field of 33 next year. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Sam Bird - Despite publicly saying that he wanted to race in Indycar, GP2 ace and Englishmen Sam Bird never got into Indycar. He did compete in Formula E and FIAWEC this year, but whether or not he ends up in Indycar next year is doubtful. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Sebastien Bourdais - Owner Jimmy Vasser is very happy with the level of production he has seen from veteran Sebastien Bourdais. Look for the two to meet up for a third straight season in 2016. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Matt Brabham - Pro Mazda champion Matt Brabham continues to have a relationship with Andretti Autosport. Brabham has tested with AA on multiple occasions, but given their lineup next season, Brabham will only get in for some one-offs. It's hard to see AA expanding to five cars given that they have funding issues with two of their four cars to begin with. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).


Brabham in his maiden Indycar test at Iowa (Photo: SBS)


Ryan BriscoeRyan Briscoe was chosen as the long-term sub for James Hinchcliffe over Conor Daly. With some good and bad performances, it remains to be seen if Ryan ends up back in the field in 2016. Ryan has been heavily invested in the Corvette USCC entry this season, and that always serves as a stable ride for the Australian veteran. However, if the offer presents itself, Briscoe would likely stay in Indycar. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Kurt Busch - NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, who did 'The Double' in 2014 with Andretti Autosport and his NASCAR team Stewart-Haas Racing, would have been welcome to do 'The Double' again in 2015. Despite nothing coming together, the two could get a deal done in 2016 if either had the ambition to. Their successful venture in 2014 makes them a great duo to try it again. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Ed Carpenter - It looks as if Ed Carpenter and Sarah Fisher have decided to retain the services of Ed Carpenter for the #20 Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing car on ovals 2016. (Serious: only way Ed doesn’t race in 2016 is if he retires, and that is not happening.) (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Helio Castroneves - Helio Castroneves has been racing with Team Penske since 2000 and he's about as sure-fire of a return as there is. Only way he and Roger ever split up is if Helio retires (which may very well be after 2016). (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Gabby ChavesBryan Herta Autosport loves their rookie Gabby Chaves. The 2014 Indy Lights champion struggled in qualifying at most races, but managed to work his way up and managed to finish races with a clean bill of health. All signs point to Chaves returning with Herta in 2016. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Max ChiltonMax Chilton came to America after not returning to Marussia in Formula 1. Rather surprisingly, he ended up in Indy Lights and Carlin Racing rather than Indycar, which I think is a sign of maturity. Still, with FIAWEC always looking for drivers like Max, I find it hard seeing him fit in Indycar if Carlin doesn’t move up to Indycar next season. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Bryan Clauson - Bryan Clauson came back to Indycar in 2015 after a being absent in 2013-2014. He came back with the reestablished Jonathan Byrd's Racing for the Indianapolis 500. Despite struggling all month, both Byrd and Clauson wish to continue their relationship heading into 2016. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).


Clauson makes his return to Indycar in 2015 (Photo: Indycar Media)


Stefano Coletti Stefano Coletti, a rookie from Monaco, had one of the statically worst seasons in Indycar in recent memory. Unless he brings a truckload of money back to KV Racing next year, there’s just no way to justify giving him a second chance in Indycar. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Mike ConwayMike Conway, who left CFH Racing after 2014, looks to be quite content in FIAWEC, and thus is unlikely to be a factor in the 2016 Indycar season. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Guy Cosmo - 38 year old American Guy Cosmo stated in July of 2014 that he wishes to make a return to open-wheel racing. Nothing has come to fruition in the last year, and he continues to look for possible rides. He has raced in two USCC this season, but I doubt he'll make his Indycar debut in 2016. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Conor Daly - Conor Daly got some reps in the Schmidt Peterson Racing car this season. While he showed pace at Indianapolis, his race ended before the green due to a fuel cell failure. Despite this, Schmidt named Daly as a sub for James Hinchcliffe for Detroit and Toronto. Daly performed well, but without a proper amount of funding, we may see Daly as a one-off only next season. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



James Davison - James Davison has gained a second-wind in Indycar the last two season. After exiting Indy Lights in 2009, Davison finally made his debut in Indycar in 2014. He came back this year and raced in the Indianapolis 500 for a second straight season. If Always Evolving Racing, his sponsor, continues to support James, there's no reason to doubt that he won't be back for at least Indianapolis in 2016. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Simona de Silvestro - Simona de Silvestro, who sat out of Indycar in 2014, returned to Indycar in 2015 with Andretti Autosport. With a couple of tough races under her belt, the team decided to retain Justin Wilson for future races in the fourth AA car. All indications say Justin will be back in the fourth car next year, leaving Simona on the short-end of the Indycar stick (she, according to Michael Andretti, will be driving in Formula E for AA in 2015-2016). (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Scott Dixon - No indications suggest that Scott Dixon won’t be back for a 14th year with Chip Ganassi Racing and Target. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Francesco Dracone - Francesco Dracone's return to Indycar after a long hiatus was a joke in many ways. Not sure how he stumbled into the seat at Dale Coyne Racing, but given that he was miles off the pace and was publicly ridiculed by fans and drivers, I'm not sure we'll see him back in 2016. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Luca FilippiLuca Filippi has done a great job filling the role of road course specialist for Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing, and his role might be expanding. The team decided to test Luca at Iowa Speedway a couple weeks before the race, Luca’s first oval experience. Not sure if anything will materialize as far as ovals go, but the team clearly enjoys having him as a driver. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Rodolfo Gonzalez - Rodolfo Gonzalez made his debut in Indycar with Dale Coyne Racing. With some surprisingly good pace shown and backing from Oster, Gonzalez could factor in next season if Coyne has a rotating seat. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Jack Harvey - Indy Lights ace Jack Harvey, who tied Gabby Chaves last year in Indy Lights, looks poised and ready to make the jump to Indycar after another successful year in Indy Lights. It remains to be seen if that jump will land him at Schmidt Peterson, where James Hinchcliffe could be teammates with James Jakes, or Ryan Briscoe, or Conor Daly, or Mikhail Aleshin. It is too early to tell. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Jack HawksworthJack Hawksworth, the second year Indycar driver, made his debut with AJ Foyt Enterprises in 2015. With some good results but mostly bad finishes, most people would think that Hawk would be one and done with Foyt. But early signs point to Larry Foyt pegging the young man from England to return with the team in 2016. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



JR Hildebrand - JR Hildebrand was a part-time driver for a second year in a row with Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing and Preferred Freezer Services. Last year, he was an Indianapolis 500 entry only. This year he did the 500 and GP of Indianapolis. It remains to be seen if others are courting JR, but JR shows great pace with CFH. The only way I see JR getting a lot of time in the car next year is either switching teams or if JR takes over the Mike Conway role. Other than that, he might have a limited schedule again in 2016. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).


Hildebrand back with CFH in 2015 (Photo: Indycar Media)


James Hinchcliffe - After almost losing his life in a violent crash at Indianapolis, James Hinchcliffe looks to be on his way to a full recovery. Sam Schmidt has been adamant that despite Hinch being out, the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports car is Hinch’s for the foreseeable future. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Sam Hornish Jr. - Daniel McFadin of MotorSportsTalk has former Indycar champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish Jr. as saying, “Everytime I think about the possibility of coming back, there’s something that pops up that tells me it’s not time to do that or its not the right thing to do. I still don’t feel like I’ve done what was trying to accomplish over here on the stock car side yet. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done with that. If I felt that I could get to the point being where I wanted to be competitively over here, there might be that opportunity.” This was in April, so make of it what you will. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Jay Howard - Jay Howard is a odd driver to follow. Having not raced since 2011, many were surprised when Howard and Bryan Herta Autosport announced a deal for Howard to drive the second BHA car for the Indianapolis 500. It was cool to see the news so early on in the offseason. As May came really close, the team and Howard announced that their deal fell through. While Howard clearly wants to be in the car, whether or not that happens in 2016 will likely come down to funding. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Carlos Huertas - Carlos Huertas returned to Dale Coyne Racing in 2015 for his sophomore season. After originally being announced as a full-time driver, he was replaced at Long Beach. I don't see him coming back for a third season. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Ryan Hunter-ReayRyan Hunter-Reay will be back next season with Andretti Autosport and DHL. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



James Jakes - James Jakes, who did not race in 2014, returned in 2015 with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Jakes was mainly anonymous throughout the season, but if he has the funding, he could be back in 2016. He might have to compete for that seat with Mikhail Aleshin and Conor Daly. If all three had equal funding, Jakes might find himself without a ride. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Ed Jones Ed Jones, the GP3 driver turned Indy Lights stud, indicated to me that if Carlin moved up to Indycar in 2016, he would love to drive for them. If he gets the scholarship money, look for him to race with someone like Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he will drive for at the MRTI young drivers test at Sonoma, to field him for a couple races. Without the money, another year of Indy Lights may be in store. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Tony KanaanTony Kanaan may be the most puzzling driver coming up this offseason. Rumors continue to fly that Josef Newgarden is taking his seat next year. Others insist that Tony is staying put. With NTT Data likely to be coming back, the decision rests with Chip Ganassi to retain the aging Brazilian or to go with the young American standout. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Sage Karam - The most controversial driver in 2015 is Sage Karam. Despite the controversy, Karam proved that a) he’s really quick, especially on ovals b) his race craft needs work c) he’s a driver that Indycar would love to stick around for a while. If Karam can sucure the necessary funding, it looks like he will be back with Chip Ganassi in the teams’ fourth or fifth car. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).


Texas Motor Speedway - Day 2
Karam has been quick and controversial this year (Photo: Robert Laberge / Getty Images North America)


Charlie Kimball - Despite another average season, Charlie Kimball looks like he will be back with Chip Ganassi Racing for a sixth season courtesy of Novo Nordisk. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Kyle Larson - NASCAR Spring Cup driver for Chip Ganassi Kyle Larson is a prime contender for doing 'The Double' next season. He has been quoted as "begging" Chip Ganassi to give him a chance at Indianapolis 500. It makes sense on paper, but if Ganassi fields five cars for Indianapolis (assuming they add Newgarden, keep Kanaan and Karam), then I don't see it. If they have four full-time cars and a fifth available, I could definitely see Larson doing it. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Buddy Lazier - Buddy Lazier and Lazier Partners Racing attempted to qualify for their third Indianapolis 500 as a team-driver combo. After making the show the first two times (but not doing anything worth mentioning in the race), the team failed to make the field in 2015. Some have suggested that it may be time for Buddy to step out of the car and put it in younger hands, while others say that no one could have qualified that car in it's setup. Either way, it looks like Lazier and the team will be back in 2016. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).


Katherine Legge - After sitting out all of 2015, Katherine Legge will return to Indycar in 2016 with the newly formed Grace Autosport to attempt to qualify for the 100th Indianapolis 500. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Kevin Magnussen - One-and-done McLaren F1 driver Kevin Magnussen, son of former F1 and Indycar and current USCC driver Jan Magnussen, was very close to being an Indycar driver in 2015. However, when Fernando Alonso went down with an injury for the opening round, McLaren tapped Magnussen as the sub. He has maintained that Formula 1 is his priority, but he said he also has to focus on the bigger picture. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Pippa MannPippa Mann had a tough 2015 campaign with Dale Coyne Racing. With Coyne always looking for funding and with Mann not having sponsorship backing, it remains to be seen if Mann will factor in the 2016 season. It’s worth noting that Mann has run the pink Susan G. Komen colors at Indy the last two years, but no indications of a third year have been made to light yet. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Jaime McMurray - In February, Jaime McMurray, the NASCAR veteran, publicly declared his support for Indycar and made his ambitions clear that he would love to race in the Indianapolis 500. While he is close with Chip Ganassi, whom he drives for in NASCAR, I don't see a deal happening anytime soon. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Vitor Meira - Vitor Meira went 0 for 2 in 2015. Meira, who hasn't been in an Indycar since 2011, was a key part of Indycar making a deal with Brazil to race there. Meira then wanted to drive a car in the Brazilian race. However, once the race was scrapped from the schedule, Meira's ambitions fell through. However, Meira was in contention to race in the Indianapolis 500 with Dale Coyne Racing. He, James Davison, and Katherine Legge were all contenders for the final seat, with the nod given to Davison. Fans of Vitor do have reason to be optimistic for 2016, as a deal can be made if he's given a chance. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).


Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Meira last raced in 2011 with AJ Foyt Enterprises (Photo: Robert Laberge / Getty Images North America)


Juan Pablo Montoya - No indications suggest that Juan Pablo Montoya will retire after 2015. Look for another solid year for Montoya and Team Pesnke. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Rocky Moran Jr.Rocky Moran Jr. surprised many when he was subbed in for Carlos Huertas at Long Beach. Moran did not start, as he broke a bone in his hand during practice. Despite the unfortunate DNS, Moran indicated that he would like to try again in 2016 at Long Beach. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Carlos MunozCarlos Munoz, the young Colombian coming off his second full-time season, has built a solid relationship with Andretti Autosport. If the funding is there, look for Munoz to be back in 2016. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Josef Newgarden - The blue chip free agent of the 2016 season is Josef Newgarden. Newgarden, who has emerged as a serious contender in 2015 with two wins and a number of great finishes, is not signed on with current team Carpenter Fisher Hartman. With no room at Team Penske or Andretti Autosport, it looks like the only team in play for Josef is Ganassi racing, who has been rumored to be looking at either putting Newgarden in the #8 car or with a completely new fifth entry. The only way I see Newgarden doing this is if the funding is secured for that ride. He and CFH can win a championship, but passing on Ganassi could be a career defining move. If there’s one driver to keep an eye on this offseason, it is Josef. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Simon Pagenaud - Despite struggling to finish ahead of his teammates, Simon Pagenaud looks like he will be back with Team Penske in 2016. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).


Indianapolis 500
Pagneaud's pace has not been rewarded with results in 2015 (Photo: Chris Graythen / Getty Images North America)


Danica Patrick - Hate to break it to you Danica Patrick fans out there, but Danica seems intent on making things work in NASCAR before she even thinks about running in Indianapolis again. A shame because she would bring a lot to Indycar and the 500. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Ryan Phinny - Speculation abounded after Iowa that Ryan Phinny would be replacing Stefano Coletti at KV Racing. While that hasn't happened (yet), Phinny still remains on the radar of KV. It seems a bit head scratching to me, but he must bring something to the team to merit a look. Phinny took part in the pre-season test at Sebring and the young drivers test at Sonoma in August. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Spencer Pigot - Mazda Road to Indy and Indy Lights standout Spencer Pigot has options on the table. He could make the jump to Indycar if the opportunity presents itself, but he could also stay in Indy Lights for a second season. With few seats opening up in Indycar, Pigot may be on the short end of the stick without the Indy Lights scholarship in his pocket. A dream scenario would be if Juncos Racing, his Pro Mazda and Indy Lights team, moves up to Indycar sooner than expected, but I don’t see that as a possibility till 2017. Spencer told me a scenario like that does interest him, but we'll have to see how things pan out. For now, Spencer is testing with Team Penske at the young drivers test at Sonoma, and can win the Lights championship at Laguna Seca. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Nelson Piquet Jr. - The former exiled F1 driver and current Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr. made a surprising Indy Lights debut with Carlin Racing in 2015. He now is testing with Team Penske at Sonoma as part of the MRTI young drivers test. Something to read into? Maybe, but Piquet will have some work to do on ovals. Otherwise he might end up as a one-off driver on twisties. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Will Power - Current Indycar champion Will Power looks like he will be back for his 8th season with Team Penske and Verizon. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Graham Rahal - Given his standing in the championship and the vast improvement we've seen from Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, I don't see Graham Rahal leaving his dad's team. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Kimi Raikkonen - All indications suggest that current Formula 1 driver and 2007 Champion Kimi Raikkonen will be axed from Ferrari at seasons end. When he left Ferrari in 2009, he came to America and raced in NASCAR Trucks. Will Raikkonen be looking for a career switch this offseason? (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Alexander Rossi - Alexander Rossi was a virtual lock to be racing with Dale Coyne Racing in 2015. Then a GP2 offer came calling, and the American left behind Indycar to reignite his pursuit for a Formula 1 seat. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Sebastian Saavedra - The embattled Colombian Sebastian Saavedra made a shock debut with Chip Ganassi Racing in 2016. Despite a good result at Long Beach, Saavedra was pretty much miserable the rest of the season, not doing much worth mentioning. If he continues to get the merciful support of Gary Petterson and AFS, he could still find himself on the grid next season at some point in time. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).


Saavedra made his Ganassi debut at Long Beach (Photo: Indycar Media)


Takuma Sato - Takuma Sato, who seemingly either finishes in the top-ten or does not finish at all, looks like he will be back with AJ Foyt Enterprises for a fourth season in 2016. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Tomas Scheckter - Tomas Scheckter continues to be a 'will he, won't he?' kinda driver. Scheckter, who hasn't raced in Indycar since 2011, repeatedly gets asked on Twitter whether he will be back in Indycar or not (see below). Scheckter, who is "only" 34 years old, can drive the wheels off anything. But will he get the chance to drive an Indycar again? (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Bruno Senna - Nephew of the great Ayrton Senna, Bruno Senna, has publicly said that the dangers of Indycar are enough to make him steer clear of the sport. A shame because we would all love to see a Senna in an Indycar. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Oriol Servia - Oriol Servia continued a solid relationship with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in 2015. Servia raced for the squad 2009 for the Indianapolis 500 and on a part-time basis in 2014. This year, he raced the 500 only and nothing more. Servia continues to show pace. At age 41, only a matter of time till Servia retires. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Jonathan Summerton - Jonathan Summerton is actively looking for a way into Indycar. He has been actively looking for a test with a team in Indycar. Summerton started seven races in two years in Indy Lights and has most recently been in sports cars. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Alex Tagliani - Alex Tagliani made a one-off appereance in 2015 with AJ Foyt Enterprises at the Indianapolis 500. Tags put in a decent performance, but he definitely made the team dynamic better. Look for Tagliani to be in the Indianapolis 500 next year as well. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



David Valsecchi - Former GP2 champion David Valsecchi tested with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in 2014, but with nothing materializing and with the seat filled, Valsecchi sat out 2015. No news on if he is back on the pursuit of finding a ride. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Tristan Vautier - 2012 Indy Lights champion Tristan Vautier made an impactful return to Indycar after sitting out for two years. After having a less than stellar rookie season in 2013, Vautier got called in to sub for James Davison on Pole Day. Dale Coyne decided to keep Vautier around, as Carlos Huertas pulled out. Coyne kept Vautier in the car for the rest of the season, and Vautier has done the best he could. Hopefully it is enough to keep Vautier in the show. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).


Texas Motor Speedway - Day 2
Vautier back in action in 2015 (Photo: Sarah Crabill / Getty Images North America)


Zach VeachLast year I interviewed Zach Veach and I asked him about his 2015 plans. He mentioned that he was working with Andretti Autosport to try and run some races. With nothing coming together, Zach worked with IndyCar Radio instead. Tough to see him making his debut in 2016 without first testing for someone. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Jean-Eric Vergne - Former Formula 1 driver Jean-Eric Vergne came to America looking for a way to Indycar after being sacked by Toro Rosso. Vergne tested with Andretti Autosport, but was ulitmately given a ride in Formula E. Vergne is a leading contender for the second AA Formula E seat for the 2015-2016 season, but no deal has been announced yet. A strong relationship with Andretti can help his future with the team in Indycar. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Sebastian Vettel - Four-time F1 Champion Sebastian Vettel, like Fernando Alonso, said he would like to run the Indianapolis 500 at some point in his career. But also like Fernando, I don't see it happening in 2016. For Vettel, it may be much longer too. With Alonso adamantly against the current Formula 1 model, a career switch may be in place for him. Vettel, the 28 year old driver one year into his deal with Ferrari, has a solid decade or more years left in F1. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Jacques Villeneuve - Former Indycar and F1 champion Jacques Villeneueve, who raced in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, has signed a deal to race in Formula E in 2015-2016. While there are still chances for him to race in Indycar (as he indicated he wishes to do last year), no signs of him re-entering the series appear to exist. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Justin Wilson - It is no secret that Justin ‘Badass’ Wilson has greatly improved the team dynamic at Andretti Autosport, and thus has made himself indispensable with the team. With Michael and Justin both pursuing funding, look for Justin to be back in 2016 with AA. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Stefan Wilson - Stefan Wilson was hoping to make his 2015 full-time debut with Fan Force United. However, funding on both sides fell through, and nothing materialized. Stefan is still actively looking for a way to race in Indycar, but so far, nothing has come to fruition. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).



Alex ZanardiAlex Zanardi, the former two time Indycar champion who wasn’t raced in Indycar since loosing both of his legs in an accident in 2002, has expressed interest to race in the 100th Indianapolis 500. If a deal gets done, it would be Alex’s first attempt at taking home a Borg Warner trophy. Jimmy Vasser and Chip Ganassi have been in talks with each other to field an entry, so it looks like it is up to Alex whether he wants to go through with it or not. (Updated on August 13th, 2015).


(FILE) In Profile Alex Zanardi
Zanardi back in the ol' CART era (Photo: Getty Images)


Did I miss anyone? What drivers do you want to be back next year? Thanks for reading!

-Matthew Hickey

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