2003 IndyCar Series Teams

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Who will be driving where and with what equipment next season? Confirmed places are in bold, Indy 500 only are in italics and unknowns have question marks. Last updated Tuesday, May 27, 2008.

Team Driver #1 Driver #2 Driver #3 Chassis Engine Sponsor Comments
310 Motoring           Owner Marc Laidler ran the whole 2002 season for the IRL's first African-American team with a car prepared by Cunningham. Remnants of the team are working with Ted Bitting to set up Access (see below).
Access Motorsports Greg Ray     G Force Honda TrimSpa Greg Ray will be the driver and a co-owner of this new team formed from the ashes of Treadway and 310. They were not ready for the first two races of 2003, but did run at Motegi.
At the Test In The West George Mack told us he was working on a seat with the team, but it looks like that never came together.
The team will run a Panoz G Force chassis, not the Falcon Indy 01-A mentioned in early rumors.
Andretti Green Racing Michael Andretti
Dan Wheldon (Test)
Dario Franchitti
Robby Gordon
Bryan Herta
Tony Kanaan Dallara Honda 7-Eleven
Jim Beam
Joining the IRL as Honda's flagship team. KOOL have quit auto racing sponsorship.
Dario is rumored to have been lured to the IRL with a promise of a ride at Honda's BAR F1 team in 2004.
Michael will retire after the Indy 500, handing the reins (well, steering wheel) to Wheldon, who also gets a run in the 500.
Wheldon sat in for Franchitti at Motegi after he injured himself in a motorcycle accident. Franchitti will also miss his first Indy 500. Robby Gordon will take his place.
Bryan Herta will take Dario's place in the 27 car for the next few races after Indy.
Beck Motorsports Shinji Nakano     Dallara Honda   Ran Robby McGehee for Parsons Motorsports for several races last year and were drafted in to crew for Tomas Scheckter at Michigan.
They have bought at least one Dallara chassis and will run Shinji Nakano at Motegi, Japan and the Indy 500. Nakano carried Motegi logos for the duration of his 2002 CART season.
Blair Racing           Having settled into the IRL well in 2002, with a win at Nashville, and despite their Chevy engine deal being in place, the team could find no primary sponsor sufficient to fund the expanded 2003 budget. We hear they have sold up and closed their shop.
Bradley Motorsports           Started the 2002 season with Shigeaki Hattori until his Japanese sponsorship ran out. No sign of them so far this season, despite the Indianapolis Star saying they had signed Jeff Ward.
Brayton Racing           Ran John de Vries for a few races in 2002 and Scott Harrington at Michigan. Unlikely to be able to step up to the bigger budgets in 2003.
Cahill Racing     Dallara Chevrolet   Ran Robby McGehee in 2002 until his crash during practice for the Indy 500. Failed to make the grid for the rest of the season. Unlikely to be back.
Cheever Indy Racing Buddy Rice     Dallara Chevrolet Red Bull After the one-two last year at Michigan, things seem to be coming together for this team. We were surprised when Cheever formed a joint venture with Menard to build Chevy engines, rather than continue working with TWR, but now the two have bought TWR and merged it into the operation.
And a further surprise is that Eddie now says he won't be running the Indy 500 himself!
Conquest Racing           Gone to the more affordable Champ Car series.
Convergent Racing           Ran out of steam when Hideki Noda's Japanese sponsorship dried up.
Cunningham Racing           Prepared the car for 310 Motoring. Unlikely to run its own car.
CURB/ Agajanian/
Boat Indy Racing?
          Solid team in 2002, especially after switching to Infiniti engines. Cannot afford IndyCars on their own in 2003. Tried to put together a partnership with Hemelgarn, but Billy Boat is now with Panther for a ride at Indy.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Robbie Buhl Sarah Fisher   Dallara Chevrolet Purex
IRL mainstay, part owned by Buhl. With Infiniti gone, they've chosen Chevy engines.
The team has said it will switch from Panoz G Force to Dallara chasses.
Sarah Fisher has struggled to find sponsorship, but has been making it to races.
Fernández Racing Roger Yasukawa     Dallara Honda Panasonic ARTA With Team Rahal announcing only Kenny Bräck to run in the IRL, Fernández Racing pops back into the picture to give Honda a Japanese driver, albeit one born in the USA.
The team's full name is Super Aguri Fernández Racing, working jointly with former F1 driver Aguri Suzuki.
Foyt Racing Anthony Foyt IV Shigeaki Hattori
Airton Daré G Force
Toyota Conseco
With Harrah's sponsorship gone, A. J. says "if I'm going to run out of my own pocket, I'm going to do it with my own family".
Shigeaki Hattori helped to bring the Toyota engines and will drive up until the Indy 500, possibly handing over the reins to Daré afterwards. In any case, Daré gets to run a third car for the Indy 500.
The team is switching to the Panoz G Force chassis and Toyota engines, but we now hear A. J. is stocking up with extra Dallarae for the short ovals. Perhaps he expects his grandson to work his way through them pretty quickly?
Hemelgarn Racing Buddy Lazier     Dallara Chevrolet Delta Faucet
Life Fitness
With the departure of Coors as a sponsor, the team has had real difficulty putting their program together. An attempt at a deal with Curb Records that would have seen Billy Boat in the driver's seat appears to have fallen through and the team will start the season with long-term driver Buddy Lazier.
Plans to test the Falcon chassis have evaporated.
Horizon Motorsports           The Indianapolis Star said Russ Cameron, an associate of Bruce McCaw had purchased the assets of the now defunct PacWest CART team. We now know CART's PK Racing has this.
Indy Regency Racing           Scraped together an effort late in 2002 for Hideki Noda. Finding sponsorship hard to come by - considered a switch to CART but no recent news.
Kelley Racing Al Unser Jr. Scott Sharp Tony Renna Dallara Toyota Delphi
Top rung team taking Toyota engines. Al Unser Jr. began testing with the team on January 8. They will run a third car for Tony Renna at the Indy 500.
Mo Nunn Racing Felipe Giaffone Tora Takagi Alex Barron G Force Toyota Hollywood
Pioneer (Japan)
Toyota snatched this team away from Honda. Their poster boy Tiger Takagi will fill the second seat. This brings Pioneer's Japanese parent with it too.
Arie Luyendyk's plans to run the Indy 500 were thwarted by injuries during testing. His place in a third car for the team will be taken by Alex Barron.
Newman/Haas     Dallara Toyota Lilly Rumors of an appearance at the Indy 500 never materialized, despite the Indy Star reporting Newman/Haas had ordered a couple of Dallarae.
Panther Racing Sam Hornish Jr. Billy Boat Robby McGehee Dallara Chevrolet Pennzoil
Dan Wheldon has gone to replace Michael Andretti after he retires.
Plans to run a second car for the whole season have been abandoned due to lack of funding, but the team will field additional cars for Billy Boat and Robby McGehee at the Indy 500.
Patrick Racing     Dallara     Rumors of an appearance at the Indy 500 never materialized.
PDM Racing Scott Mayer
Jimmy Kite
    Dallara Chevrolet   The team has purchased a single Dallara. The engine deal was not finalized in time to run Scott Mayer at the Test In The West, but everything came together for the first race.
Scott Mayer failed the Rookie Orientation Program at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and is therefore ineligible to compete in the Indy 500. The team has been testing with Jimmy Kite, but he will lose his place if another driver steps forward with sponsorship.
Racing Professionals           Jon Herb's team disappeared in 2002.
Rocketsports           Paul Gentilozzi's Trans-Am team thought about running in the Indy 500, but plumped for CART instead.
Sam Schmidt Motorsports Richie Hearn
    G Force Toyota   Lack of sponsorship viability for the team has already driven Luyendyk to Mo Nunn for the Indy 500. They will now concentrate on the Infiniti Pro Series.
Through a deal with Team Penske, Sam will field a car for Richie Hearn in the Indy 500.
Target Chip Ganassi Racing Scott Dixon Tomas Scheckter   G Force Toyota Target Target will switch its full attention to the IRL in 2003, to coincide with Toyota's assault on the Indy 500.
One additional entry has been filed for the Indy 500, but no sign it will actually run.
Team Menard Jaques Lazier Vitor Meira   Dallara Chevrolet Menard
Johns Manville
Back for another season, signed up for Chevy engines. With Lazier returning from injury, Vitor Meira becomes the team's test driver. Why does a one car IRL team need a test driver? Well, we now know he gets to be in a second car at Indy. Maybe Cheever will run a joint car at a few races later in the season, under the teams' new partnership?
Team Penske Gil de Ferran
Alex Barron (sub)
Helio Castroneves   Dallara
G Force
Toyota Marlboro Same team as 2002, but with Toyota engines. They have bought some Panoz G Force chasses and will be evaluating them with substitute driver (after de Ferran's injury at Phoenix) Alex Barron at Motegi, Japan.
Two additional entries were filed for the Indy 500. One of these has been lent to Sam Schmidt for Richie Hearn to drive.
Team Rahal Kenny Bräck Jimmy Vasser   Dallara Honda Miller
Pioneer (USA)
Rahal has confirmed a seat for Bräck, with Honda power and engineered by Don Halliday who split from Team Fernandez to reunite with Bräck. We thought Shinji Nakano might get a ride here, but Honda has found him one with Beck.
The team will field a second car for Jimmy Vasser in the Indy 500.
Treadway Racing           Last season's equipment is being sold and Fred Treadway has no plans to field a team in 2003, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Walker Racing           The shell of Derrick Walker's IRL team now supplies Reynard cars to CART teams. They won't be back in the IRL any time soon!
Zali Racing           We were surprised they managed to scrape up enough cash to run Billy Roe for a few races in 2002.

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