All indicators have been pointing to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and standard NTT IndyCar Collection free agent James Hinchcliffe coming collectively for the Indianapolis 500, however the workforce says its seek for a 3rd driver to affix Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato continues.
“We have been excited concerning the prospects of working Hinch, however that didn’t find yourself taking place,” RLL co-owner Bobby Rahal instructed RACER. “We’re nonetheless trying to do a 3rd automotive, however time is working out. And we’d solely do it with the suitable driver. All of us agree that if we will’t discover a driver that may add to our Indy 500 program, we’d moderately be the most effective two-car workforce we might be with Takuma and Graham.”
It’s believed a conflict of affiliate sponsors led either side to finish negotiations late within the course of. A longtime favourite of Honda, Hinchcliffe is tipped to affix Andretti Autosport for the Indy 500 the place a emptiness lately opened up after an engine provide deal for former McLaren-Honda Method 1 driver Fernando Alonso was nixed by the producer.
RLL’s observe of including an additional automotive for the Indy 500 has been moderately constant over the past decade. Catalonia’s Oriol Servia has been essentially the most frequent addition to the workforce’s month of Might plans, having pushed for the RLL in 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. Spencer Pigot and Michel Jourdain additionally stuffed the extra-car position for workforce, and most lately, Jordan King (pictured above) joined Rahal and Sato in 2019, when he began 26th and completed 24th.