There’s good news and bad news for the upcoming 2010 IRL season. First the good news: Sarah Fisher Racing has signed Graham Rahal to drive for the team in two races, the street course event in St. Petersburg and the road course event at Barbour Motorsport Park. Rahal had been without a ride since Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing lost sponsorship from McDonald’s at the end of last season. Rahal finished the 2009 season in seventh place in the points, and captured 2 poles during the season. Sarah Fisher Racing will run a total of 15 events in the 2010 season, relying on drivers Sarah Fisher and Jay Howard for the remaining events.
Now the bad news: Dale Coyne Racing has signed Milka Duno for the full 2010 IRL season, sending a clear message that sponsorship dollars are more important than driver ability. Duno has a bad reputation in the series as an unpredictable backmarker, incapable of driving on pace. Dale Coyne Racing is expected to announce their second driver sometime this week, as Jusin Wilson (who scored Dale Coyne Racing’s first IRL win last year) has moved to Dreyer and Reinbold Racing.
The IRL season kicks off in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 14.