Prema Racing to join IndyCar in 2025 with two-car team – IndyStar

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For the first time since Juncos Hollinger Racing joined the closing rounds of the 2021 IndyCar campaign, the series will have a new full-time team come 2025. Prema Racing, the decorated junior formula racing program based out of Italy, will join IndyCar with two full-time Chevy-powered entries at the start of next season, the team announced Tuesday.
The team will operate out of a “state-of-the-art” facility in Indiana, though the release did not state precisely where. They also will announce its drivers, sponsors and partners at a later date.
“Today’s announcement marks a pivotal moment in the history of Prema Racing. Making the step to the IndyCar series and competing in the world-famous Indianapolis 500 is a dream come true for our family and everyone involved in our business,” Prema Racing team principal Rene Rosin said in a release. “While competing in IndyCar will not be easy, we are determined to put in our best effort, learn as quickly as possible and become leading contenders right from the start.
“The desire to fight for victory is our driving force, and the thoroughness of the challenge will give us even more motivation to succeed.”
Founded in 1983 by Angelo Rosin, Prema has long been a championship-contending junior single-seater program operating in numerous series on the road to Formula 1. Presently, they operate teams in Formula 4, Formula Regional European Championships, Formula 3, Formula 2 and the all-female F1 Academy — 18 drivers in all. Their current F2 lineup includes Oliver Bearman, who made his F1 debut earlier this year with Ferrari as a stand-in for Carlos Saniz, and Mercedes protégé Andrea Kimi Antonelli.
Nearly half of the current 20-driver F1 field — nine in all — have raced for Prema at one point on their way up the junior formula ladder system, including Charles Leclerc, Oscar Piastri, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly. Other veterans from the Prema stable include F1 world champ and Indy 500-winner Jacques Villeneuve, ex-IndyCar driver Ryan Briscoe and current talents Felix Rosenqvist, Marcus Armstrong and Callum Ilott.
“Prema Racing, with their global reach and extraordinary presence in open-wheel racing, will be a great addition to our growing and highly competitive paddock,” IndyCar president Jay Frye said in a release. “We look forward to seeing Rene and Prema on the IndyCar series grid in 2025.”
Without any attrition from IndyCar’s current full-time entries on the grid, the addition of Prema would give IndyCar 29 full-time entries next year — leading to space issues on pitlane at multiple tracks the series currently races at, including Mid-Ohio, Toronto and possibly Laguna Seca. How IndyCar will navigate those grid size limitations, as it concurrently crafts its future charter system with its active full-time teams, is presently unclear, but it could very well lead to knock-out qualifying — as in, sending teams home without a chance to race on some weekends — for some portion of the grid.

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