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IndyCar evaluating pitlanes after Prema addition expands field to 29 for 2025

The growing number of entries in IndyCar has prompted series organisers to evaluate pitlane capacity at various venues.

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Prema Racing became the latest team to declare a full-time commitment to North America’s premier open-wheel championship on Tuesday, with a two-car entry for 2025.

The Italian outfit joins the likes of Juncos Hollinger Racing, Meyer Shank Racing and McLaren Racing - who purchased a 75% stake in Arrow McLaren (SP) in 2021 – as teams that have come into IndyCar on a full-time basis since 2020.

IndyCar President Jay Frye noted the growth was part of a five-year plan that was implemented in 2017 when the series had 18 full-time entries, with Prema's arrival bolstering the grid to 29 cars for next season.

However, some concerns have developed as the current field size of 27 is already creating issues with pitlane space at tracks like the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course or Toronto's street circuit.

“There's problems now with some of the places we go to,” Frye said.

“It's something we've got to evaluate, look at going forward. Certainly, a problem, but a really good problem to have, and something we'll sort out.”

There could yet be more growth ahead, with the likes of Indy NXT squad Abel Motorsports among those keen on stepping up to IndyCar sooner rather than later.

While Frye didn’t get specific on which teams the series is in discussions with, there is clearly multiple interested parties.

Rinus VeeKay, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet pit stop

Rinus VeeKay, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet pit stop

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“Yes, there's ongoing conversations with two or three different entries or entities,” Frye said.

“Again, it's a problem, but it's a good problem to have right now.

“There's a lot of interest in IndyCar. I think it looks back over what's happened the last few years, going forward we got a lot of good things going on.”

It remains unclear if the series will cap on the number of cars allowed to compete or if there will be alternative solutions created if each weekend features a field size exceeding 30 entries.

“Probably a hybrid of all,” Frye said.

“We will do all we can to start as many cars as we can. Obviously, there are limits.

“There will be a time where that has to be addressed and we will address it.”

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