The field of drivers that will attempt to start the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 has grown by one with the addition of Jordan King.
Next May, King will strap into a Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda for his first race on an oval after contesting all of the road and street events with Ed Carpenter Racing in 2018. In his 11 IndyCar Series races, King qualified within the first three rows twice including setting a new lap record at the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He scored a best finish of 11th in Toronto.
“Heading into next year, we went from not being able to find a full-time drive for the season through to securing a seat at one of the biggest races in the world which is a huge relief to be able to get sorted,” said King. “A huge thanks to RLL for the opportunity and I hope I can repay their faith in me with a good result.”
King will be racing with two experienced teammates in 2017 Indy 500 victor Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal, both veterans of the series.
No stranger to racing himself, the 24-year-old King has competed in open-wheel racing since 2010, eventually advancing to the GP2 series in 2015 where he scored two wins and six podiums over three seasons. King also served as a Formula 1 development driver with Manor in 2016 and 2017.
King’s one-off effort will get underway at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when practice for the “500” opens in May.