American driver Sting Ray Robb has secured the last full-time spot on the IndyCar grid and will drive for Dale Coyne Racing in 2023.
Robb won the 2020 Indy Pro 2000 Championship and then finished eighth and second in two attempts at the Indy Lights Championship.
The 21-year-old emerged relatively late as a contender for the Coyne seat.
It was originally expected that Takuma Sato would return, but rumors of his retirement or a part-time schedule were put to bed earlier this week when it was announced he will drive for Chip Ganassi Racing on the ovals, shared a car with street and street course driver Marcus Armstrong.
Armstrong was another to be linked with Coyne’s vacant full-time seat prior to his move to Ganassi and it was then clear that the well-backed Robb was the favorite for the seat.
â€œThis is an opportunityâ€”a dreamâ€”long in the making,â€ said Robb.
“I’m honored to work with Dale Coyne, Rick Ware and the entire organization. I’m excited and grateful to be on the IndyCar grid in 2023. We had a great first test together in early January and I was very impressed with the efficiency of the DCR with RWR (Rick Ware Racing) team and how well we worked together on our first day.â€
The only major uncertainty about Coyne’s season is whether it will attempt to run a third car at the Indy 500. With Sato leaving and Robb taking the second entry, that’s not to be expected.
That Honda engine lease will likely go to Rahal Letterman Lanigan or Chip Ganassi Racing if Jimmie Johnson decides to run the event.
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