From the IndyStar.com.
Team owner/driver Marty Roth confirmed today the signing of driver Jay Howard, making Roth Racing a two-car operation for next year’s IndyCar Series.And in case you've never watched an Indy Pro race, Howard is the guy who looks like Rod Stewart. I mean the young "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" Rod Stewart, not the old woman he's become lately.
Howard, the 2006 Indy Pro Series champion, and Roth, formerly a part-time competitor who will be 49 next month, will have their cars engineered by veteran David Cripps.
Howard, 26, is part of growing contingent of Pro Series drivers set to participate in the IndyCar Series next season. Hideki Mutoh (Andretti Green Racing) and this year’s IPS champion, Alex Lloyd (Ganassi Racing), are also signed.
Roth’s Indianapolis-based team recently moved to a 17,500-square-foot facility previously occupied by Tony Stewart Racing.
Anyhow, with Hornish and Franchitti out it's clear the IRL is reloading with it's own developed talent, and that's a good thing. Pretty exciting, actually.