What a difference a year makes for Callum Ilott.
One year ago, Ilott was battling Mick Schumacher and Yuki Tsunoda for the Formula 2 championship and was right smack in the middle of the silly season rumor mill for a possible ride in Formula 1.
This year, Ilott is not racing for a championship and is instead serving as the second reserve driver for Alfa Romeo in Formula 1 and a Ferrari test driver.
Ilott will soon have one more line for his resume’. The 22-year-old Brit will be making his NTT IndyCar Series for Juncos Hollinger Racing in the Grand Prix of Portland on September 12. Ilott will drive the team’s first IndyCar Series entry of the 2021 season.
Ilott will drive the No. 77 Chevrolet.
“I am pleased and excited to be announcing I will be racing with Juncos Hollinger Racing at Portland,” said Ilott. “This will be my first time in the NTT IndyCar Series and running in the United States, which will be a bit of a change from running on the European side. I am looking forward to working with the team during this first phase of their development and proud to be a part of this opportunity to build into their future embarkment.
“I would like to thank the Ferrari Driver Academy for allowing me to take this opportunity and for Ricardo Juncos and Brad Hollinger for bringing me on board the team.”
Ricardo Juncos and Brad Hollinger announced their partnership to form Juncos Hollinger Racing in early August. The team committed to running the final three events of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season and hopes to race full-time in the IndyCar Series in 2022.
The team’s most recent IndyCar race was the 2019 Indianapolis 500, where driver Kyle Kaiser famously knocked out McLaren’s Fernando Alonso for the final qualifying position.
“We are very excited to welcome Callum Ilott to the Juncos Hollinger Racing family,” said Juncos. “Callum brings a lot of experience and incredible talent to the team. We are confident that he will transition well into the NTT IndyCar Series when we get on track for our final test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course tomorrow before making our official debut together at Portland next week.”
Ilott most recently competed in the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing third with Iron Lynx in the LMGTE-Am class. Earlier this year the young Briton was singed by Ferrari’s F1 team as their test driver and was named a reserve driver for the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 team.
In 2020, Ilott finished second to Schumacher in the F2 championship, where he posted three wins, six podium finishes and five poles.
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