Carlin/Coyne/Foyt Entering Rebuilding Years

For the first time of the season, the NTT IndyCar Series will race. The long COVID-19 break has either canceled or postponed the first eight races of the season. Now, we’re back at the Texas Motor Speedway. So, who’s going to win? Well, the list at the top may be slimmer than some seasons.

While you have top teams in the sport — Penske, Andretti and Ganassi, the bottom teams are facing rebuilds again. Dale Coyne Racing is seeing a lot of change between this year and last. Gone are their two engineers from last year. They lost Craig Hampson (Arrow McLaren SP) and Michael Cannon (Chip Ganassi Racing) this offseason. Those were two big pieces for their engineering department.

Then, factor in losing a talented veteran like Sebastien Bourdais and you get a big loss at three of their top four positions for race weekends.

In turn, you get a second year driver and a rookie driver with two new engineers for the upcoming season. That’s a big reshuffle. How fall will they drop though?

DCR used to be a back marker but Justin Wilson and Bourdais turned that around in the driving department. Then, getting guys like Hampson and Cannon to lead engineering teams, DCR quickly moved forward.

AJ Foyt Racing takes a new rebuild too. In comes some new engineering help to go along with a slew of new drivers. Gone is Matheus Leist and in is Charlie Kimball in the No. 4 Chevrolet. Also, Tony Kanaan is out as a full time driver as he will run five races in 2020. He will split the ride with Sebsatien Bourdais and rookie Dalton Kellett.

Carlin, will have Max Chilton back on all road/street course races as well as the Indy 500 and Conor Daly in the other ovals. The second seat will be a turnstile it sounds.

Finally, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has a large rebuild too. They have merged with McLaren Racing and signed two rookies in Pato O’Ward and Oliver Askew to replace James Hinchcliffe and Marcus Ericsson.

With the coronavirus causing a lot of delays and work stoppages, the big teams certainly have the resources to hit the ground running quicker and easier than these teams anyways. Plus, add the fact that they’re all rebuilding and needing time to gel too and throw that into a shorter season and you get what’s likely going to be top heavy dominated.

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