Over the off-season, Coyne examined Marcus Armstrong but he has been recruited by Chip Ganassi Racing to pressure the #11 CGR-Honda on road and avenue programs, whereas Coyne’s pale corpulent-timer within the #51 entry co-owned by Rick Ware Racing, Takuma Sato, is the predominant candidate for the #11 on ovals.
Coyne, who sifted by six doubtless candidates for the #51 vehicle, examined Sting Ray Robb on January 4 at Sebring, when Ganassi trialed 2021 System 2 runner-up Robert Shwartzman and Indy NXT (née Indy Lights) driver Kyffin Simpson, and Penske ran Dane Cameron. Robb done the day 2d, correct a few hundredths of a 2d off Shwartzman.
“Sting Ray modified into in actuality genuine, as mercurial as Shwartzman, in general,” stated Coyne. “Shwartzman has a bigger résumé, driving with a bigger team, with an allegedly better engineer – our veteran one! [Ross Bunnell] – and we had been correct four-hundredths off.
“So I’m more than happy that Sting Ray can discontinuance a genuine job for us. His solutions modified into decent for a rookie, too. I specialise within the Indy Lights vehicle has been genuine at producing drivers who adapt hasty to the enormous cars. We seen that with David Malukas, and I specialise in we’ll seek for a connected with Sting Ray.”
Robb had an advanced leap from Skip Barber Sequence into USF Professional 2000 (at the 2d mute known as Professional Mazda), sidestepping USF2000, but in 2020 he won the title with Juncos Racing, racking up seven wins and five pole positions. Graduating to Indy Lights for 2021 modified into a fight, but a switch from Juncos to Andretti Autosport remaining One year unlocked his tempo. Robb amassed one protect, three runner-up finishes and 4 thirds – moreover 2 poles – and he done 2d within the championship.
Assuming negotiations proceed as deliberate and the scuttle is his, Robb will most seemingly be engineered by Sato’s pale engineer Don Bricker. Coyne confirmed to Motorsport.com that following the loss of Bunnell to Ganassi, Malukas’ #18 vehicle for his sophomore IndyCar season will most seemingly be Bunnell’s pale assistant engineer, Alex Athanasiadis.
Coyne also confirmed that he intends to remain in industry with Malukas’ father Henry, owner of HMD Motorsports, serving to to maneuver half a dozen cars in Indy NXT.