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Prema to join IndyCar Series from 2025

Prema Racing has announced plans to enter the IndyCar Series from the 2025 season with two full-time entries powered by Chevrolet.

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Its expansion into North America's premier open-wheel championship is a notable move for one of the most successful junior formula programmes in history, which has 80 titles and counting over its 40 years in operation.

Prema's new IndyCar operation, which follows Carlin's short-lived effort in the series, will see the Italian team enter the Indianapolis 500 for the first time from a new base in Indiana. 

"Today's announcement marks a pivotal moment in the history of Prema Racing,” said Team Principal Rene Rosin.

“Making the step to the IndyCar Series, and competing in the world-famous Indianapolis 500, is a dream coming true for our family and everyone involved in our business.

“We have tremendous respect for IndyCar, its unique challenges and sensational history, and we look forward to being part of it.

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“While competing in IndyCar will not be easy, we are determined to put in our best effort, learn as quickly as possible and become leading contenders right from the start.

“The desire to fight for victory is our driving force, and the thoroughness of the challenge will give us even more motivation to succeed.

“This new chapter will also be beneficial for Prema Racing and its people, producing amazing learning opportunities and know-how transfer.

Oscar Piastri, Prema Racing, Robert Shwartzman, Prema Racing

Oscar Piastri, Prema Racing, Robert Shwartzman, Prema Racing

Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

“We want to thank IndyCar for the warm welcome, and Chevrolet for supporting this project. We cannot wait to start operating in our new Indiana shop and get on track as soon as possible.”

Since being founded in 1983 by Angelo Rosin, Prema has had several young talents come through its pipeline, including 1997 Formula 1 world champion and 1995 Indy 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve, along with former and current IndyCar drivers Ryan Briscoe, Felix Rosenqvist, Marcus Armstrong and Callum Ilott.

The 2024 F1 grid also has nine drivers that have come through Prema, including Charles Leclerc, Oscar Piastri, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly.

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“Prema Racing, with their global reach and extraordinary presence in open-wheel racing, will be a great addition to our growing and highly competitive paddock,” said IndyCar President Jay Frye.

“We look forward to seeing Rene and Prema on the IndyCar Series grid in 2025.”

Mark Stielow, Director of Motorsports Competitions for General Motors added: “Chevrolet is pleased to welcome Rene Rosin and Prema Racing to our 2025 IndyCar Series roster.

“Prema brings global success to Team Chevy and winning organisation.”

More announcements will be made in due course regarding drivers, sponsors and partners as the team will soon start its preparations for 2025.

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