INDIANAPOLIS — It’s once again a three-car stable in the garages of AJ Foyt Enterprises, as they have hired Formula One test driver Tatiana Calderon for a part-time ride in the No. 11-car.
Calderon, a native of Bogota, Columbia, had tested a couple of times for AJ Foyt this off-season and has now signed on to the team to run the road and street courses in the 2022 NTT IndyCar season. The deal is made possible with funding from ROKiT Group founder Jonathan Kendrick.
“I’m thrilled and very thankful to Jonathan Kendrick, ROKiT, and AJ Foyt Racing for the opportunity to race in the NTT INDYCAR Series!” Calderón said in a press release. “Ever since I started my single-seater career in the United States eleven years ago, INDYCAR has been a reference for me and it’s a dream come true to be on the grid this year! I can’t wait to get to St. Petersburg for the first race of the season!”
Calderon is the first woman to run at least a partial schedule of multiple races in the NTT IndyCar Series since Simona De Silvestro and Pippa Mann both ran at least two races in the 2015 season. A woman has not run the full IndyCar season since Silvestro did it in 2013.
Though it is a part-time ride, Calderon will not have any shortage of opportunities to familiarize herself with IndyCar and its competition. 12 of the 17 races on the 2022 schedule are road or street course races.
Kendrick has given backing to Calderon since 2020 when she competed with the first all-female driving team in the World Endurance Championship as well as Super Formula Japan.
Currently, Calderon serves as a test driver for the Alfa Romeo Formula One team.
“We recognized her talent and charisma early on,” Kendrick said. “Which we’ve seen grow and develop, so we’re very excited to be expanding our partnership with Larry and the AJ Foyt Racing Team by having Tatiana drive the No. 11 ROKiT Chevrolet.”
Calderon joins an already young driver line-up at AJ Foyt with reigning Indy Lights champion Kyle Kirkwood moving up to the top series in the No. 14 car also sponsored by ROKiT Group. Dalton Kellett will be returning to driver the No. 4-car in a deal with K-Line Insulators USA.
Calderon will not run in the Indianapolis 500. Larry Foyt, the team principal of AJ Foyt Enterprises, says they have signed Charlie Kimball to sub in for Calderon in the No. 11 for the Indianapolis 500.