Plenty of New Faces in New Places: 2024 IndyCar Driver Lineup at a Glance

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New Faces, New Places: IndyCar Lineup at a GlanceIcon Sportswire - Getty Images

There’s an old saying in baseball that you can’t tell the players without a scorecard.

That’s somewhat the case when it comes to looking at the 2024 IndyCar driver/car lineup. During the six-month off-season, several drivers will have moved to other teams, while several others failed to have their contracts renewed and were made free agents (with several not racing in IndyCar in 2024)

All told, there are five new drivers in the series—all rookies, obviously—and four driver changes, where drivers have moved from one team to another. And as of this writing, there are 26 drivers listed as “full-time” pilots in the series for the upcoming season.


With the new faces and old faces in new places, this should be one of the strongest seasons IndyCar has had talent-wise in many years.

Two things to note before we get into who’s who and who’s where for 2024:

• Chip Ganassi Racing will field a series-high five teams this season, up from his former high of four teams. Obviously, when one of your drivers wins the IndyCar championship twice in three years, team owners get a lot of money as well, which likely at least partly explains Ganassi’s expansion program from four to five teams this season.

• On the flip side, Andretti Global has scaled back from four to three cars, not renewing the contract of Devlin DeFrancesco (who has not been picked up by any IndyCar team yet).

Now, let’s get going and look at our scorecard:

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Santino Ferrucci, with 60 IndyCar starts, is the veteran of a young driver pairing at A.J. Foyt Racing.Icon Sportswire - Getty Images

A.J. Foyt Racing

Returning: Santino Ferrucci

New Kid on the Block: Sting Ray Robb (from Dale Coyne Racing)

He's Outta Here: Benjamin Pedersen

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Colton Herta has five full years of IndyCar experience under his belt.Icon Sportswire - Getty Images

Andretti Global

Returning: Colton Herta, Kyle Kirkwood

New Kid on the Block: Marcus Ericsson (from Chip Ganassi Racing)

He's Outta Here: Devlin DeFrancesco, Romain Grosjean (moves to Juncos Hollinger)

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Past Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi will be competing in his ninth season in IndyCar.Icon Sportswire - Getty Images

Arrow McLaren SP

Returning: Pato O’Ward, Alexander Rossi

New Kid on the Block: David Malukas (from Dale Coyne Racing)

See Ya: Tony Kanaan (retired), Felix Rosenqvist (moves to Arrow McLaren SP)

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Two-time and defending series champion Alex Palou leads a strong Ganassi contingent.SOPA Images - Getty Images

Chip Ganassi Racing

Returning: Alex Palou (won IndyCar championship in 2021 and 2023), Scott Dixon, Marcus Armstrong

New Kids on the Block: Linus Lundqvist and Kyffin Simpson. Will also have NASCAR driver Kyle Larson attempt “The Double” in IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, both on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

See Ya: Marcus Ericsson (moves to Andretti Global), Takuma Sato (not signed to any team for 2024 yet)

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Felix Rosenqvist is part of a new-look lineup at Meyer Shank.Icon Sportswire - Getty Images

Meyer Shank Racing

Returning: Helio Castroneves will compete only in the Indianapolis 500 as he transitions to a new role as minority owner of MSR.

New Kids on the Block: Tom Blomqvist, Felix Rosenqvist (from Arrow McLaren)

See Ya: Simon Pagenaud’s contract expired at the end of last season and he was not re-signed. He also remains out with a concussion suffered last July and likely will not race for any team this season.

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Graham Rahal will hope to rebound after finishing 15th in the season drivers’ standings.Icon Sportswire - Getty Images

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Returning: Graham Rahal, Christian Lundgaard

New Kid on the Block: Pietro Fittipaldi

See Ya: Jack Harvey (was replaced with several races to go last season and does not have a IndyCar ride for 2024, Fittipaldi takes his role)

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Josef Newgarden has finished in the top-five of the season standings eight years in a row.James Gilbert - Getty Images

Team Penske

Returning: Josef Newgarden (2023 Indianapolis 500 winner), Will Power, Scott McLaughlin

New Kid on the Block: No changes

See Ya: No changes

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Rinus VeeKay has one win in 63 career starts.Icon Sportswire - Getty Images

Ed Carpenter Racing

Returning: Team owner Ed Carpenter (part-time), Rinus VeeKay

New Kid on the Block: Christian Rasmussen

See Ya: Ryan Hunter-Reay (no IndyCar ride for 2024), Conor Daly (left the team near mid-season, no IndyCar ride for 2024)

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David Malukas is out as team owner Dale Coyne weighs his options for 2024.Icon Sportswire - Getty Images

Dale Coyne Racing

Returning: No one

New Kid on the Block: TBD

See Ya: David Malukas (moves to Arrow McLaren SP), Sting Ray Robb (moves A.J. Foyt Racing)

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Romain Grosjean enters his fourth year in IndyCar still looking for his first win.Icon Sportswire - Getty Images

Juncos Hollinger Racing

Returning: Agustin Canapino

New Kid on the Block: Romain Grosjean (from Andretti Global)

See Ya: Callum Ilott (will compete in endurance racing in 2024)

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