Former Porsche LMP1 driver Brendon Hartley is set to join the Indycar ranks in 2018. Hartley will be replacing Tony Kanaan in the #10 Chip Ganassi Racing car. Kanaan, of course, is leaving Ganassi and heading to AJ Foyt Racing in 208. Hartley will join fellow New Zealander Scott Dixon in what is expected to be only a 2-car team in 2018.
Who Is Brendon Hartley?
Brendon Hartley is a guy who was on the path to Formula One but like many his career got derailed for seemingly no reason. As part of the Red Bull drivers Academy, he was viewed as a guy that could take over a Toro Rosso ride. He served as the reserve driver for Red Bull and Toro Rosso in 2009. Halfway through the year, he was replaced by Jamie Alguersuari and he never returned to the team.
Hartley burned out of Formula One once Red Bull was done with him. He dabbled with Mercedes AMG F1 until landing a ride with Porsche and their factory backed LMP1 program. He helped win the 2015 WEC Championship and the 2017 24 Hours of LeMans. Regarded as the “bullet” of the team, Hartley is a monster on the race track.
Brendon Hartley Now
Now at 27, he is set to join the IndyCar Series. He’s never raced an open wheel car on an oval but the kid has been competitive in anything he has driven. IndyCar is a steep learning curve even for the best drivers out there. Hartley seems to be quick to adapt, no reason he can’t in 2018 with Ganassi focusing on only two cars.
Honda was reportedly the driving force behind his signing at Ganassi. The manufacturer is high on this guy and they’re giving him a shot. It’s nice to see manufacturers stick behind guys and letting their talents speak instead of forcing them to find sponsorship.
Hartley and his angsty teenage hair will be a hit in the IndyCar paddock. We’ve all wanted to see a rich man’s McCauley Caulkin race at Indianapolis and we finally get to see it.
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