IndyCar news ticker February 2023: Tony Kanaan ends his career
Here is all the important IndyCar news from February 2023 in our ticker format – Latest entry: Tony Kanaan will contest his last Indy 500 in 2023
February 22, 2023: Tony Kanaan retires from IndyCar racing
Tony Kanaan will hang up his helmet after the 2023 Indy 500, ending his IndyCar career after 25 years. The 48-year-old will contest his 390th and thus last race in the series in the 2023 season. The Brazilian joined the CART series in 1998, having previously raced successfully in the IndyLights championship. Kanaan, who celebrated a total of 17 IndyCar victories and a title in 2004, contested his final full-time season for AJ Foyt in 2019.
February 17, 2023: IndyCar rookie Armstrong impresses at pre-season test
Following IndyCar’s open test last week at The Thermal Club, Marcus Armstrong received plenty of praise and attention. Piloting the No. 11 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, the 22-year-old year old Kiwi concluded the two day test in fifth place out of 27 entries. According to IndyCar legend Dario Franchitti, the former Formula 2 racer is “very methodical in the way he works through things and is bloody fast”. Armstrong is set to run a part-time IndyCar programme in 2023, contesting only road and street course events.
February 11, 2023: Indy 500 will not award double points in 2023
IndyCar’s crown jewel of the season, the Indy 500, will not have double points on the plate in 2023. After offering double rewards ever since 2014, IndyCar stated that it harms full-time championship teams and drivers too much that perform poorly. Interestingly, no Indy 500 winner from that period has gone on to win the championship the same year.
February 10, 2023: Katherine Legge set for return at Indy 500
Katherine Legge will return to the IndyCar Series after securing a seat with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) for this year’s 107th running of the Indy 500. The 42-year-old Briton from Surrey was announced to race the No. 44 RLL-Honda, marking her first IndyCar entry since the 2013 Indy 500. Between 2006 and 2013, Legge had made a total of 39 Champ Car and IndyCar entries with two best finishes of sixth to her name.