Pedersen to make IndyCar debut with Foyt in 2023


AJ Foyt Racing has signed Indy Lights racer Benjamin Pedersen for IndyCar on a multi-12 months offer starting off from 2023.

The 23-12 months-previous Danish-American has expended the previous two a long time in Indy Lights in a auto co-operate by World wide Racing Team and HMD Motorsports. He arrived fourth in the 2021 standings with 6 podiums and then completed fifth in this year’s championship with 5 podiums which include a very first get at Portland.

“I’m tremendous-psyched to get likely with the crew,” Pedersen mentioned. “I’ve expended a good deal of time this year with AJ Foyt Racing finding out the ins and outs of earning the bounce to IndyCar, and it is been truly great to do that in conjunction with my Indy Lights year.

“IndyCar has been my goal purpose because I commenced open up-wheel racing in 2016. The racing, environment, admirers, functions, tracks, et cetera are all great.”

Pedersen expects his Indy Lights working experience will put together him nicely to make the stage up to IndyCar subsequent 12 months.

“The Indy Lights sequence and auto serves as the top changeover into IndyCar,” he mentioned. “From a sequence standpoint, Indy Lights goes to the IndyCar functions, so we share the similar weekend structure, factors, procedures, race director, et cetera. This tends to make the changeover pretty purely natural to IndyCar, as all of these items will keep the similar.

“From a auto standpoint, I can say very first-hand that the Indy Lights auto is a fantastic auto to changeover from because it truly benefits pushing to a large restrict and virtually overdriving a little bit on the peak of the tire.”

Foyt is but to affirm which of its cars and trucks Pedersen will travel. Nevertheless it was beforehand introduced that Kyle Kirkwood – the driver of the amount fourteen entry that Pedersen shadowed on the pit wall this 12 months – depart to be part of Andretti Autosport for 2023.

“We are truly seeking ahead to owning Benjamin as component of the crew,” mentioned crew president Larry Foyt. “His enthusiasm is infectious, and he is one hundred% fully commited to IndyCar, AJ Foyt Racing and performing the finest he can to get races.

“It’s been fantastic to have him embedded with the crew this previous year, and all people is psyched to strike the floor jogging when screening commences. It is also fantastic to have a multiyear system in area, which will assist him and the crew improve with each other.”

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