While there are still some open seats, I think we can put the full time grid at 25 definite entries, with the possibility of a 26th car. The road/street portion of car 20 fell into the open category yesterday with the announcement of the US Air Force not returning to sponsor Conor Daly.
Seven teams, four Honda and three Chevrolet, are complete. They are:
Chip Ganassi Racing:
Scott Dixon, Alex Palou, Marcus Eicssson, Jimmie Johnson/Tony Kanaan
Colton Herta, Alexander Rossi, Devlin DeFrancesco, Romain Grosjean
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing:
Graham Rahal, Jack Harvey, Christian Lundgaard
Meyer Shank Racing:
Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud.
Josef Newgarden, Will Power, Scott McLaughlin
Arrow McLaren SP:
Pato O’Ward, Felix Rosenqvist,
A. J. Foyt Racing has confirmed one driver, Kyle Kirkwood, for car 14. The second car is believed to stay with Dalton Kellett, but there is no confirmation.
Dale Coyne Racing has not confirmed any drivers as yet, but it is assumed that David Malukas will be in car 18 and Takuma Sato will drive car 51. Them Vasser/Sullivan partnership has apparently left this team, but may surface with another team.
Ed Carpenter Racing has Rinus Veekay returning in car 21 and Carpenter in the 20 for the ovals, but now the 20 is up for grabs. Daly is still a candidate for the seat. Other possibilities are Ryan Hunter-Reay and Oliver Askew.
The final piece of the puzzle is Carlin. Will they be on the grid at all? Will Max Chilton drive the non-ovals and the Indianapolis 500?
There a number of teams looking to run selected races. the grid might swell to as many as 28 at some races. There should be 36 entries for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500.
I hope we have a bit more definition soon after Thanksgiving.
As winter begins to set in, I will remind you that the first on track day at St. Pete is just three months and one week away.