Editor’s Observe: That is the third day of a four-day sequence of 2022 NTT INDYCAR Sequence group previews. Right now’s rollout will perform Employees Penske at 10 a.m. (ET), Dale Coyne Racing at midday and Meyer Shank Racing at 2 p.m. Try INDYCAR.com usually as of late by the use of Saturday to get the lowdown on every particular person crew and driver! Merely click on proper right here for Wednesday’s previews and listed right here for Thursday’s previews.
MEYER SHANK RACING
Starting Lineup: Helio Castroneves (No. 06 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda), Simon Pagenaud (No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda).
2021 in Critique: Can the 12 months simply be summed up with the victory within the Indianapolis 500 provided by Gainbridge? Castroneves parlayed that file-tying fourth Indy victory right into a comprehensive-season expertise with MSR for 2022. The Brazilian competed in 5 added races to conclude the 12 months, capped by a ninth-place finish within the Main Machine Tunes City Grand Prix in Nashville. Jack Harvey was MSR’s complete-time driver, placing up a pair of fourth-put finishes. Pagenaud completed his seventh interval with Group Penske with a pair of podium finishes and an eighth-put standing within the championship.
New for ’22: Castroneves has a total-year INDYCAR journey for the first time on condition that 2017, the final calendar 12 months he drove in all the races together with Pagenaud at Crew Penske. This additionally would be the first 12 months MSR has fielded two comprehensive-time automobiles and vehicles.
Maintain an Eye on This: Castroneves stays in pursuit of the perfect echelon of NTT P1 Award winners. Castroneves has 50 occupation poles, just a few driving A.J. Foyt in third location. Mario Andretti potential clients with 67 poles. Will Electrical energy has 63. In occupation wins, Castroneves is tied with Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti with 31. One other victory presents Castroneves sole possession of tenth location on the game’s all-time record.
Minimal-Acknowledged Easy reality: A lot has been manufactured from Scott Dixon extending the INDYCAR report of most seasons with on the very least only one race win – the mark is now 19 – however Castroneves now has 17 and is inside an individual of A.J. Foyt, who held the report until previous 12 months.
Defy Each factor: Pagenaud mentioned two-time INDYCAR Assortment season champion and 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran, gave him strategies that he nevertheless makes use of. “Make your detrimental occasions search like glorious occasions so people actually do not observe when you might have a detrimental one,” Pagenaud reported. “If you may make your awful days seem first rate, you’ll have an opportunity at a championship.” Pagenaud gained INDYCAR’s 12 months championship in 2016 and captured the American Le Mans Sequence’ LMP title in 2010.
DALE COYNE RACING
Beginning Lineup: Takuma Sato (No. 51 NURTEC ODT Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda), David Malukas (No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda).
2021 in Assessment: Romain Grosjean skilled a standout 1st INDYCAR time with the group, profitable the NTT P1 Award for the GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Might presumably simply earlier than ending second. Grosjean additionally accomplished 2nd within the IMS road race in August, the Huge Gear Spiked Coolers Grand Prix, and extra a third podium end within the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (he was third). Grosjean led 53 laps via the interval and completed 14th in his oval-observe debut at Complete world Massive Engineering Raceway. Ed Jones’ subsequent year-long stint with Dale Coyne’s workforce was highlighted by a sixth-place finish on Nashville’s highway circuit. Pietro Fittipaldi joined Jones for the “500,” qualifying thirteenth simply earlier than ending twenty fifth.
New for ’22: No INDYCAR group has had extra of a makeover than this 1. Sato and Malukas substitute Grosjean and Jones, and the engineering workers has a brand new glimpse, additionally, with Olivier Boisson adhering to Grosjean to Andretti Autosport. Sato figures to be on the cost following failing to earn a race final time for the very first time as a result of reality 2016. Don’t snooze on Malukas. If it wasn’t Kyle Kirkwood successful Indy Lights races final yr – he acquired a report 10 of 20 – it was Malukas, who grabbed seven race wins. Above the season’s closing 11 races, Malukas posted an typical finish of two., with just a few consecutive wins and all podium finishes. In Kirkwood’s historic time, Malukas solely trailed by 13 factors at 12 months’s end.
Maintain an Eye on This: Malukas is an distinctive qualifier. Final calendar 12 months, he acquired further poles than Kirkwood, and his widespread commencing place was 2..
Little-Recognized Easy reality: In extra of the earlier 5 INDYCAR seasons, solely six drivers have gained further races than Sato, who has acquired 5. They’re: Josef Newgarden (17), Scott Dixon (11), Will Energy (11), Alexander Rossi (six), Simon Pagenaud (six) and Colton Herta (six). Sixteen drivers have gained on the very least only one race in that point interval.
Defy All of the issues: Sato didn’t have the identical path to skilled driving that the majority INDYCAR drivers had. He didn’t attend his initially main race, the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, proper up till he was 10 a number of years earlier. He turned a fanatic of the exercise, however his mother and father didn’t know an incredible deal about racing or have connection to it. So, it was not proper till he was 20 yrs outdated that he final however not least acquired a possibility to journey a race motorized vehicle on the Suzuka Racing College, by which he gained a scholarship. “That’s how I begun,” he defined. “In comparison with motorists who skilled working expertise as an adolescent, that was not my case. I usually skilled ambition and … it constructed from there.”
Commencing Lineup: Josef Newgarden (No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet), Scott McLaughlin (No. 3 PPG Chevrolet), Will Electrical energy (No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet).
2021 in Overview: Newgarden gained a pair of races and manufactured a valiant function on the championship, ending 38 particulars from what would have been his third season title in 5 a few years. Newgarden gained the Honda Indy 200 on the Mid-Ohio Athletics Automotive or truck Course and the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Complete world Enormous Applied sciences Raceway, to pressure his vocation earn complete to twenty, and in a midseason stretch he acquired three consecutive NTT P1 Awards for the to begin with time in his occupation (he gained three poles in 4 races in 2018). Newgarden concluded the interval with a year-high 4 poles, along with the 1 on the finale, the Acura Grand Prix at Extended Seashore, when he wanted each single place possible for a prospect on the title. Newgarden led 355 laps for the 12 months, which rated third. Electrical energy gained the Enormous Gear Spiked Coolers Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway highway examine course for his fortieth vocation victory, extending his streak of consecutive successful seasons to fifteen (subsequent all-time). The NTT P1 Award earned at Globe Huge Technological innovation Raceway was the 63rd pole of his occupation, drawing him inside 4 of Mario Andretti’s all-time doc. McLaughlin turned Workforce Penske’s to begin with Rookie of the Yr on the vitality of a next-spot end within the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway and a fourth-area end at World Large Technological know-how Raceway. He completed 14th within the standings, one explicit place upfront of fellow sequence rookie Romain Grosjean. Simon Pagenaud’s seventh and shutting season with Roger Penske’s group was highlighted by a pair of podium finishes, led by a third-place end within the Indianapolis 500 launched by Gainbridge.
New for ’22: Instantly after a time with 4 entire-year vehicles, Workforce Penske returns to three for the fourth time in 5 a few years.
Maintain an Eye on This: This may a ton to query of McLaughlin, however Crew Penske drivers have generated a heritage of large advantages of their 2nd 12 months with the crew. Rick Mears (1979), Emerson Fittipaldi (1991), Helio Castroneves (2001) and Juan Pablo Montoya (2015) gained the Indianapolis 500, and Tom Sneva (1978), Mears, Gil de Ferran (2001) and Pagenaud (2016) gained the sequence championship. Ryan Briscoe gained just a few races in 2009, Capacity gained 5 races in 2010 and Newgarden gained three races in 2018. McLaughlin will probably be looking for his initially sequence get in Yr 2.
Little-Recognized Truth: If driving a race motorized vehicle didn’t work out for McLaughlin, he skilled a Strategy B. It was to be a sheet metallic fabricator, for which he has completed an apprenticeship. He constructed the preliminary race car he drove skillfully.
Defy All the pieces: Newgarden wasn’t typically on a path to worthwhile two INDYCAR championships and 20 vocation races. On the end of 2010, he imagined he was on a path to nowhere in motorsports instantly after ending 18th in Europe’s GP3. “I used to be out of funding (and) didn’t have sponsorship for the next 12 months,” he said. “I arrived once more to America and felt like I used to be coming property to the shut of my racing vocation. However we ended up succesful to set an likelihood collectively – on the remaining second – with Sam Schmidt to function Indy Lights. (He gained the championship in 2011.) I used to be blessed to be on the preferrred put on the appropriate time.”