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Prema announces it will expand into IndyCar in 2025

by Ida Wood

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Italian outfit Prema, one of the most successful teams in junior single-seater racing, has announced it plans to enter IndyCar next year.

Reports emerged last month that the team was seeking to expand into the top level of single-seaters in North America, and that it had secured a two-car engine supply deal with Chevrolet for 2025.

Prema did not confirm those reports when contacted by Formula Scout, but its announcement today revealed that it is set to run two Chevrolet-powered cars full-time in IndyCar next season.

The expansion will lead to Prema being active at every level of the single-seater ladder, with existing programmes in Formula 2, Formula 3, Formula Regional and Formula 4.

Like other teams founded outside of North America that have entered IndyCar, Prema will set up a base in the USA to house its IndyCar squad. Its American headquarters will be in Indiana, although the team has not commented on when it will start work there. Announcements regarding its driver line-up and team partners will be made once its Indiana base is in use.

“Today’s announcement marks a pivotal moment in the history of Prema,” said team principal Rene Rosin.

“Making the step to the IndyCar series, and competing in the world-famous Indianapolis 500, is a dream coming true for our family and everyone involved in our business. We have tremendous respect for IndyCar, its unique challenges and sensational history, and we look forward to being part of it.

“While competing in IndyCar will not be easy, we are determined to put in our best effort, learn as quickly as possible and become leading contenders right from the start. The desire to fight for victory is our driving force, and the thoroughness of the challenge will give us even more motivation to succeed.

“This new chapter will also be beneficial for Prema and its people, producing amazing learning opportunities and know-how transfer. We want to thank IndyCar for the warm welcome, and Chevrolet for supporting this project. We cannot wait to start operating in our new Indiana shop and get on track as soon as possible.”

IndyCar’s series president Jay Frye added: “Prema, with their global reach and extraordinary presence in open-wheel racing, will be a great addition to our growing and highly competitive paddock. We look forward to seeing Rene and Prems on the IndyCar grid in 2025.”