IndyCar's 2018 driver-engineer pairings

IndyCar's 2018 driver-engineer pairings

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IndyCar's 2018 driver-engineer pairings

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Above: Tom German and Graham Rahal

As 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Simon Pagenaud told RACER on Monday, with the new low-downforce 2018 universal bodywork posing a sizable challenge to master through chassis setups, the effective working relationship between drivers and race engineers will be paramount for achieving success.

For those who’ve worked together for multiple seasons and established a strong rapport, finding the right setups should happen faster than most new combinations who are in the early stages of developing driver-engineer chemistry.

No less than 15 of the drivers who will compete on a part- or full-time basis this year are working with new engineers on the timing stand, and while some have hit it off immediately, other new combos are still searching for a common language.

Thanks to the UAK18 bodywork, you’ll be hearing more about IndyCar race engineers this year than at any point in the series’ recent history, so here’s a guide to use and track their progress throughout the championship.

New teams and driver/engineer combos are highlighted in red.

Team Driver Engineer 
A.J. Foyt Racing

Tony Kanaan
Matheus Leist

Eric Cowdin
Mike Colliver
Andretti Autosport Ryan Hunter-Reay
Marco Andretti
Alexander Rossi
Zach Veach
Ray Gosselin
Nathan O’Rourke
Jeremy Milless
Garrett Mothersead
Carlin Racing Charlie Kimball
Max Chilton
Matt Greasly
Daniele Cucchiaroni
Chip Ganassi Racing Scott Dixon
Ed Jones
Chris Simmons
Julian Robertson
Dale Coyne Racing Sebastien Bourdais
Zachary Claman De Melo/Pietro Fittipaldi
Craig Hampson
Michael Cannon
Ed Carpenter Racing Spencer Pigot
Jordan King
Matt Barnes
Allen McDonald
Harding Racing

Gabby Chaves

Matt Curry
Juncos Racing Kyle Kaiser Tom Brown
Michael Shank Racing Jack Harvey Will Anderson
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Graham Rahal
Takuma Sato
Tom German
Eddie Jones
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe
Robert Wickens
Leena Gade
Blair Perschbacher
Team Penske Josef Newgarden
Simon Pagenaud
Will Power
Brian Campe
Ben Bretzman
Dave Faustino

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