Silly Season

Below are driver/team changes that have been announced for the 2022 season.

**updated 9/30/21**

INDYCAR

  • Meyer Shank Racing announced that Helio Castroneves will drive the No. 06 Honda full-time next season.
  • Juncos Hollinger Racing announced that Callum Ilott will drive the No. 77 Chevrolet full-time next season.
  • Andretti Autosport announced that Romain Grosjean will drive the No. 28 Honda full-time next season.
  • Ed Carpenter Racing announced that Rinus VeeKay will return to drive the No. 21 Chevrolet next season.
  • Meyer Shank Racing announced that Simon Pagenaud will drive the No. 60 Honda next season.
  • Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced that Jack Harvey will drive the No. 45 Honda full-time next season.

NASCAR

  • Kaulig Racing is joining the Cup Series in 2022 with Justin Haley in one full-time entry and AJ Allmendinger doing select races in a second car.
  • Hendrick Motorsports has signed Alex Bowman to a two-year contract extension to keep him in the No. 48 car through the 2023 season.
  • Trackhouse Racing has purchased Chip Ganassi Racing’s NASCAR operation and will take control of all its assets at the end of the racing season. They will continue to run two full-time entries next season with Daniel Suarez in the No. 99 car, while a second driver will be announced at a later date.
  • Hendrick Motorsports has signed Kyle Larson to a one-year contract extension to keep him in the No. 5 car through the 2023 season.
  • Team Penske announced that Austin Cindric will drive the No. 2 Ford, replacing the departing Brad Keselowski.
  • Wood Brothers Racing has announced that Harrison Burton will replace Matt DiBenedetto in the No. 21 Ford.
  • Roush Fenway Racing and Brad Keselowski will join forces next season. Keselowski will be a co-owner and driver of the No. 6 Ford.
  • Trackhouse Racing announced that Ross Chastain will drive the No. 1 Chevrolet next season, alongside teammate Daniel Suarez.
  • 23XI Racing announced that Kurt Busch will drive the No. 45 Toyota next season as the team expands to two full-time cars.
  • JTG Daugherty Racing has signed Ricky Stenhouse Jr to a one-year contract extension to remain in the No. 47 car next season.

F1

  • Mercedes has signed Lewis Hamilton to a two-year contract that will keep him with the team through the 2023 season.
  • Red Bull has signed Sergio Perez to a one-year extension to keep him with the team for next season.
  • Alpine has signed Fernando Alonso to a one-year extension to keep him with the team for next season.
  • Alfa Romeo has signed Valtteri Bottas to a multi-year contract, as he replaces the retiring Kimi Raikkonen.
  • Mercedes has announced that George Russell has signed a long-term deal to drive for the team alongside Lewis Hamilton.
  • AlphaTauri has announced that Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda will remain with the team next season.
  • Williams has announced that Alex Albon will replace George Russell next season, joining Nicholas Latifi.
  • Aston Martin has confirmed an unchanged driver line-up of Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll for next season.
  • Haas has confirmed an unchanged driver line-up of Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin for next season.

 


 

Below are driver/team changes that have been announced for the 2021 season.

INDYCAR

  • Jimmie Johnson signed a two-year contract with Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the road and street races.
  • Zach Veach will not return to Andretti Autosport next season. His replacement in the No. 26 Honda has not been announced.
  • AJ Foyt Racing signed Sebastien Bourdais to drive the No. 14 Chevrolet full-time next season.
  • Team Penske announced that Scott McLaughlin will drive a fourth full-time Chevrolet for the team next season.
  • RLL Racing announced that reigning Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato will return to the team for the 2021 season.
  • Ed Carpenter Racing announced that Rinus VeeKay will return to the No. 21 Chevrolet next season.
  • Chip Ganassi Racing announced that Marcus Ericsson will return to the No. 8 Honda in a multi-year agreement.
  • Arrow McLaren SP announced that Felix Rosenqvist will replace Oliver Askew in the No. 7 Chevrolet.
  • Chip Ganassi Racing announced that Alex Palau will replace Rosenqvist in the No. 10 Honda next season.
  • Meyer Shank Racing will field a 2nd car for Helio Castroneves in six races next season, including the Indianapolis 500.
  • Chip Ganassi Racing announced that Tony Kanaan will drive the No. 48 Honda in the four oval races next season.
  • Arrow McLaren SP announced that Juan Montoya will drive a third car for the team in the 105th Indianapolis 500.
  • AJ Foyt Racing announced that Dalton Kellett will drive the No. 4 Chevrolet full-time next season.
  • Ed Carpenter Racing announced that Conor Daly will return to drive the non-ovals in the No. 20 car, in addition to the Indianapolis 500.
  • Andretti Autosport announced that Ryan Hunter-Reay will return to drive the No. 28 Honda.
  • Andretti Autosport announced that Marco Andretti will step away from full-time competition, but still compete in the Indianapolis 500.
  • Paretta Autosport announced that Simona De Silvestro will enter the No. 16 Chevrolet in the Indianapolis 500.
  • Andretti Autosport announced that James Hinchcliffe will drive the No. 29 Honda.
  • Dale Coyne Racing announced that Ed Jones will drive the No. 18 Honda.
  • Dale Coyne Racing announced a partnership with Rick Ware Racing to field a full-time No. 51 car and a part-time No. 52 car in the Indianapolis 500.
  • Dale Coyne Racing announced that Romain Grosjean will drive the No. 51 Honda on the road and street course races.
  • AJ Foyt Racing announced that Charlie Kimball will drive the No. 11 Chevrolet in the Indy GP and the Indianapolis 500.

NASCAR

  • Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Christopher Bell will be replacing Erik Jones in the No. 20 Toyota next season.
  • Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan have started a new team for the 2021 season. Their No. 23 car will be driven by Bubba Wallace.
  • Trackhouse Entertainment Group announced that Daniel Suarez will drive their No. 99 car next season.
  • Team Penske announced that Matt DiBenedetto will return to drive the No. 21 Ford for Wood Brothers for one more season.
  • Team Penske announced that Austin Cindric will move up to the No. 21 Ford full-time in 2022.
  • Chip Ganassi Racing announced that Ross Chastain will drive the No. 42 Chevrolet next season, replacing Matt Kenseth.
  • Hendrick Motorsports announced that Alex Bowman will move from the No. 88 Chevrolet to the No. 48 car, replacing the retiring Jimmie Johnson.
  • Stewart-Haas Racing announced that Chase Briscoe will drive the No. 14 Ford next season, replacing the retiring Clint Bowyer.
  • Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Erik Jones will drive the No. 43 Chevrolet next season, replacing Wallace.
  • Hendrick Motorsports announced that Kyle Larson will drive the No. 5 Chevrolet next season.
  • Live Fast Motorsport announced that BJ McLeod will drive the No. 78 Ford.
  • Spire Motorsports announced that Corey LaJoie will drive their No. 7 Chevrolet.
  • Rick Ware Racing announced that Cody Ware will run the full season in the No. 51 Chevrolet.
  • Rick Ware Racing announced that Derrike Cope will drive the No. 15 Chevrolet in the Daytona 500.
  • Rick Ware Racing announced that Josh Bilicki will run the full season in the No. 77 Chevrolet.
  • Gaunt Brothers Racing announced that Ty Dillon will drive the No. 96 Toyota in the Daytona 500.
  • Spire Motorsports announced that Jamie McMurray will drive the No. 77 Chevrolet in the Daytona 500.
  • Team Penske announced that Austin Cindric will drive the No. 33 Ford in the Daytona 500.

F1

  • Racing Point is changing its name to Aston Martin.
  • Renault is changing its name to Alpine.
  • Aston Martin announced that Sebastian Vettel will be replacing Sergio Perez.
  • Ferrari announced that Carlos Sainz Jr will replace Vettel.
  • McLaren announced that Daniel Ricciardo will replace Sainz.
  • Alpine announced that Fernando Alonso will replace Ricciardo.
  • Haas announced that Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin will replace Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.
  • AlphaTauri announced that Yuki Tsunoda will replace Daniil Kvyat.
  • Red Bull announced that Sergio Perez will replace Alex Albon.