Carlin has been busy with the driver announcements for the NTT IndyCar Series today.
Max Chilton has been the only announced driver for the two-car team for a long time but was previously only mentioned for the road- and street courses. The team has clarified that he will try to qualify for the Indy 500, but that will be the only oval race for the Brit this year.
He will hand car #59 over to Conor Daly for the rest of the oval races. Daly will do all the road- and street races for Ed Carpenter, with the team boss jumping into the car for the ovals. Daly does, however, have an agreement with ECR for their 3rd car at the Indy 500, so he will be competing at the biggest race of the year – qualifying permitted.
Felipe Nasr will get his Indycar debut in the team’s second car. The Brazilian is only formed for the opening round of the 2020 season, i.e. the race in St. Petersburg. Nasr already tested the car a month ago, at the COTA track in Texas. Fun fact – he will run car number 31, just like his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship car. It might however not be more than this single race – everything is depending on sponsors, to keep an Indycar running. He had two seasons in Formula 1, before switching his focus to sportscars, where he has had big success with several wins and the championship title in 2018.
The NTT IndyCar Series 2020 starts this weekend on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.