2022 IndyCar Silly Season heats up (Update)

While there were rumors Alex Albon was talking to Andretti Autosport about a possible IndyCar ride next year, it now appears Albon is also eyeing a Formula E ride with Nissan.

Nissan have confirmed that Alexander Albon is under consideration for a move to Formula E for next season as they search for a replacement for Oliver Rowland who will leave the team after the current campaign ends in Berlin.

“Obviously, he [Albon] is among the ones we are considering and he kept contact with us so we are talking regularly,” said Nissan team manager Francois Sicard to The Race.

“He’s following what we do, so we are very close to Alex, and he could be among the ones we can select. But there are others, and you have to know that Alex might also have other opportunities [i.e. IndyCar].”

So for now, Albon remains listed as a possibility with Andretti with a rating of ‘speculation’ in our 2022 IndyCar Silly Season table below.

July 22, 2021 

With today’s news that Jack Harvey decided to leave Meyer Shank Racing for greener pastures, the IndyCar rumor mill has been blown wide open.

Speculation on the street has Jack Harvey possibly going to Andretti Autosport, but more likely to Rahal Letterman Lanigan.

Complicating Harvey’s move to Andretti are Romain Grosjean and Alexander Albon, both rumored to be talking to Andretti. It really depends whether the rumors are true that Alexander Rossi might go to Team Penske, Hunter-Reay will seek a part-time ride with another team, and James Hinchcliffe will become a TV announcer. This which would open up two or three seats at Andretti – Rossi’s, Hunter-Reay’s and Hinchcliffe’s.

So, it could be significant changes at Andretti for 2022.

Rumor has it that former F1 driver, and current Ganassi IMSA driver, Kevin Magnussen, could drive the #60 in 2022. Meyer Shank Racing said today that a dynamic young driver will be in the #60 in 2022 and Magnussen, at 28, is both young and certainly dynamic. However, we hear that dynamic young driver will be Andretti protege Kyle Kirkwood, who is also dynamic and very young and poised to bring $1 million if he wins the Indy Lights title.

Is Kyle Kirkwood the young dynamic driver MSR has said will drive the #60 in 2022?

The other rumor making the rounds is that F1 reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg (pictured above), who has eyed IndyCar for years now, will finally make the move in 2022 and is talking to Arrow McLaren SP as a possible replacement for Felix Rosenqvist who has not measured up to his faster teammate Pato O’Ward.

The last rumor making the rounds is that Vasser-Sullivan may not remain with Dale Coyne Racing and are eying teaming up with another team. James Sullivan to Autosport, “It could be that we continue with Dale Coyne Racing, or it could be that it’s a different partnership. We are listening to others, checking out ideas that have been presented to us for new partnerships.”

Mark C. reporting for AutoRacing1.com

2022 IndyCar Silly Season Page
Team Engine No. Driver Primary Sponsor Rating Comment
AJ Foyt Racing
4 Dalton Kellett K-Line Strong
14 Sebastien Bourdais ROKIT Speculation Likely to re-sign
14 Tatiana Calderon ROKIT Speculation Could replace Bourdais
11  Charlie Kimball  Tresiba Speculation

Andretti Autosport

25 Stefan Wilson Lohla Sport Speculation Indy 500 Only
Colton Herta Gainbridge Fact Signed
27 Alexander Rossi NAPA and AutoNation Strong Signed, but Penske beckons
28 Romain Grosjean NAPA and Miami Breeze Car Care Strong All but a done deal
29 Alex Albon Money from Thailand Speculation F1 reserve driver itching for real racing
Arrow McLaren SP Chevy 5 Pato O’Ward Arrow Fact Signed
7 Felix Rosenqvist Arrow Speculation Has to step up his game
7 Nico Hulkenberg Arrow Speculation Eying IndyCar
6 Juan Montoya TBD Speculation Indy 500 only
Carlin Racing Chevy 59 Max Chilton Gallagher Insurance Strong Likely to re-sign
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 8 Marcus Ericsson Huski Chocolate Strong Likely to re-sign
9 Scott Dixon PNC Bank Fact Signed
10 Alex Palou NTT Data Fact Signed
48 Jimmie Johnson Carvana Strong May run full season
Dale Coyne Racing w/Vasser Sullivan Honda 18 Ed Jones Sealmaster Strong Likely to re-sign or Vasser Sullivan may go with another team
Dale Coyne Racing w/Rick Ware Racing Honda 51 Romain Grosjean Miami Breeze Car Care Speculation Andretti Bound?
52 Ryan Norman Koinu Inu Cryptro Speculation
52 Cody Ware TBD Speculation
Dreyer Reinbold Chevy 24 Sage Karam Wix Strong Indy 500 Only
67 JR Hildebrand Salesforce Strong Indy 500 Only
Ed Carpenter Racing
21 Rinus Veekay Sonax Fact Signed
Ed Carpenter US Space Force Fact Ovals Only
Conor Daly US Air Force Strong Likely to re-sign
Meyer Shank Racing Honda 60 Kevin Magnussen AutoNation and SiriusXM Speculation Would Ganassi let him go?
60 Kyle Kirkwood AutoNation and SiriusXM Strong Would bring Lights $1 million
06 Helio Castroneves TBD Strong Likely to re-sign
Paretta Autosport Chevy 16 Simona De Silvestro   Strong Indy 500 Only
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 15  Graham Rahal United Rentals Fact Signed
30 Takuma Sato Panasonic, Mi-Jack Strong Likely to re-sign
45 Antonio Felix da Costa
TBD Speculation
Jack Harvey HyVee Strong Leaving MSR
Santino Ferrucci HyVee Speculation
Team Penske Chevy 2 Josef Newgarden Hitachi Fact Signed
3 Scott McLaughlin Shell, PPG Strong Penske may send him to IMSA unless he steps up his game
3 or 22 Alexander Rossi TBD Speculation Depends on what Penske does with McLaughlin and Pagenaud
12 Will Power Verizon Fact Signed
22 Simon Pagenaud Menards Speculation IMSA Bound?
Top Gun Racing Chevy   RC Enerson US Navy? Fact Indy 500 Only?


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