Ferrari eyes IndyCar starting in 2022 (3rd Update)
|Piero Ferrari wants Ferrari in IndyCar|
UPDATE Formula 1 teams have agreed to reduce the 2021 budget cap from $175M to $145M opening the door for Ferrari to join IndyCar or the WEC.
05/21/20 According to the son of the legendary Enzo Ferrari, the Italian brand is in favor of employing the staff who would otherwise have to be fired in Maranello. It may not be under the heading of the Formula 1 project, but Piero Ferrari suggests a trip to another class.
''I love Indianapolis, when I was little boy I saw Gianpaolo Dallara take his first victory in the Indy 500. Ferrari has already participated with Alberto Ascari in the Indy 500 and that could be an option now. In the 80's there were already plans, but then they never got off the ground. I think my father would be very proud if a Ferrari could win the Indy 500," said Ferrari to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
|What exposure does IndyCar deliver to the Ferrari brand?|
05/16/20 IndyCar's latest TV debacle which has almost zero TV coverage outside of Canada and the USA, coupled with the minuscule TV ratings on NBCSN brings Ferrari very little global exposure and may end up being the biggest impediment to Ferrari deciding to sell cars and engines in IndyCar.
While Ferrari would be doing it to make a profit and keep its F1 staff employed, it also knows that if a Ferrari powered car wins, it is positive exposure for their brand.
But who will see the races given the debacle of a TV deal that IndyCar negotiated? Roger won't be happy.
|Mario Andretti got Roger Penske and Ferrari to talk|
05/14/20 Ferrari has confirmed that it is evaluating its motorsport future which could include expanding into the NTT IndyCar Series.
With an impending cost cap of $145 million set to be introduced to Formula 1 next season, Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto revealed Ferrari is looking at expanding into other series and highlighted IndyCar and endurance racing, which is likely to include WEC’s new LDMh regulations.
During an interview with SkySport Italia, the Ferrari team principal confirmed that the goal is to find championships that match the needs of Ferrari when part of the sports management staff are otherwise destined to become redundant due to the Formula 1's forthcoming budget cap.
|Would Michael Andretti be the first to sign up his team with Ferrari? Of course he would. It would be huge.|
"Ferrari feels a lot of social responsibility towards its employees and we want to be sure that for each of them there will be a workspace in the future," he said.
"For this reason we have started to evaluate alternative programs, and I confirm that we are looking at IndyCar, which is currently a very different category from ours [F1] but with a change of regulation scheduled in 2022 [introduction of hybrid engines].
"We also observe the world of endurance racing and other series [as options].
"We will try to make the best choice."
Were Ferrari to agree to offer IndyCar a third engine supplier to power 1/3 the field, as well as a chassis as Mario Andretti suggested, new series owner Roger Penske would certainly agree to chassis diversity. Maybe not for anyone, but for Ferrari, you bet.