Andretti Auto sport, a racing team, plans to change its name to Andretti Global starting in the 2024 IndyCar season. This change is because the team's owners, Michael Andretti, and Dan Towriss formed Andretti Global in 2022. This new name will be used for the whole team in the future. Besides IndyCar, the team competes in other racing series like Indy NXT, Formula E, Extreme E, Super2 Series and more. They also want to join Formula 1 by 2026.
For the 2024 IndyCar season, drivers Colton Herta and Kyle Kirkwood will stay with the team. They might not have a fourth driver if they can't find a replacement. This is because they've decided not to have drivers who bring money to the team.
This is the second time in a row that an IndyCar team has changed its name during the offseason. Before, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports became Arrow McLaren SP, and then it became Arrow McLaren.
The 2023 IndyCar Season is the 112th season of American open-wheel racing. It is the 28th season under IndyCar Series rules. The most important race was the 107th Indianapolis 500, won by Josef New garden.
The champion of the 2023 IndyCar season is Alex Palou, with his first win in 2021. Palou secured the championship before the last race of the season. This makes it the first time this happened since Sebastian Bourdais won in the 2007 Champ Car World Series. He had a fantastic season and finished it in style by winning the race in Portland. He drove well and didn't let Scott Dixon catch up to him, which helped him win his second title.
Where is Meyer Shank Racing located?
Meyer Shank Racing is an American racing car team. They are in the town of Pataskala, Ohio. This is where they work on their race vehicles and make race preparations. The squad is well-known for competing in the IndyCar Series. They have competent drivers who race in fast vehicles against other teams. They fix and prepare their automobiles for racing in their workshop. They have a lot of tools and competent individuals that are very knowledgeable about autos.
What is the penalty for the Meyer Shank Racing?
Meyer Shank Racing faced serious penalties from IMSA due to their manipulation of crucial race data during the 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona. They tampered with the tire pressure numbers on their car, making it seem fine when it wasn't.
Here are the penalties they received:
- They lost 200 points in the IMSA Weather Tech Sports Car Championship.
- They didn't get any points in the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup.
- They had to give back the prize money they won from the race.
- They got fined $50,000.
Mike Shank, the person who runs the team, is on probation until June 30, 2023. And one of their engineers, Ryan McCarthy, can't be part of IMSA anymore. They took away his membership and won't let him come back. Even with all these penalties, the winners of the race get to keep their trophies and prizes.
Who is Jim Meyer of Meyer Shank Racing?
Mike Shank started his professional racing career in 1989 and did really well. He even won an award for being a great new driver in 1996. He moved up to race in the Indy Racing League.
As he got better at racing, he started a team and let other driver’s race for him. Mike Shank stopped racing himself so he could focus on managing and growing his team.
Jim Meyer joined Michael Shank Racing in April 2017 and became a co-owner. The team was renamed Meyer Shank Racing. Jim loves motorsports a lot and is now a big part of the team. Jim has lived in Indianapolis for a long time and always wanted to be part of the sport. He even watched the Indianapolis 500 race for many years before becoming part of the racing world.
How many races are there in IndyCar season 2023?
In 2023 IndyCar season, there were some changes to try and get more people in the United States to watch IndyCar races.
First, on December 8, 2022, the CW Network said they'd have a reality show called "100 Days to Indy." This show would start on April 27, 2023. Vice Media make it, and the people who run IndyCar would get some money for letting them show what happens behind the scenes. Then, in February 2023, the people who organize IndyCar races said they'd spend about $17 million on advertising. They wanted to focus on 20 cities where they think it's important to get more viewers. Also in February 2023, it was said that the teams that race in all the IndyCar races for the whole season would get $150,000 less than before. They took this money and used it for their advertising.
The 2023 IndyCar season includes 17 races, concluding at Laguna Seca on September 10th.
The phrase "silly season" is used in motorsports, IndyCar. It is the time of year when teams and drivers announce their intentions for the forthcoming racing season. During IndyCar silly season, fans and the media pay special attention to the new driver signings, team changes, and sponsorships. Racing fans are anticipating who drivers will be driving for which teams.
Silly season occurs in the months before the start of the next racing season. It usually begins in the latter half of the current season. Fans await official team and driver announcements. They check how their favorite drivers' lineups will look for the upcoming season.
(By: Simran Singh)