Why IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still far from over
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Why IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still far from over

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OPINION: The 2021 IndyCar silly season has been one of the silliest for many years, as many talented drivers remain in play – with new pieces to the puzzle being added all the time. Here's what we know so far about who will end up where in 2022

The traditional who-goes-where gossip started early in the IndyCar paddock this year. One of the reasons for this was that youngsters were regularly matching and/or beating the series veterans in a season when many of the elders are in the final year of their current contracts. Team owners therefore cast a wandering eye around the paddock, and the sharper ones also looked at the drivers making stars of themselves in Indy Lights and Formula 2.

The speculation then gained momentum in the summer break, although it’s doubtful whether anyone expected Meyer Shank Racing to trigger it with the announcement that Helio Castroneves was joining the team full-time in 2022 - after winning his fourth Indianapolis 500 in May - and that Jack Harvey was departing. Even MSR itself was somewhat shocked by Harvey’s decision to leave.

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