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The Indy Shuffle

Josef Newgarden is at the center of an off-season spin cycle
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WHILE TEAM PENSKE'S Simon Pagenaud (right) savors his first IndyCar Series championship, five other drivers could find themselves on the move this winter.

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA 41 // Colombia

Top 3s: 3

Wins: 1 (St. Pete)

He's off to ... Since crashing in May at Indy, where he has won twice, he has been the odd man out at Penske, likely leaving him with one option: Ganassi, where his Indy career began.

Deciding factor: JPM doesn't bring much sponsorship money to the table, but he does win.

TONY KANAAN 41 // Brazil

Top 3s: 2

Wins: 0

He's off to ... KVSH, Foyt and Dale Coyne Racing are possible landing spots—though any would be a step down from his current perch.

Deciding factor: His consistency and conviviality make him a long-term player even at his age; he arrives with sponsorship money in tow.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN 25 // USA

Top 3s: 4

Wins: 1 (Iowa)

He's off to ... There isn't a team on the grid that wouldn't love to hitch their wagon to this talented, telegenic Tennessean, but Team Penske's vast resources give it the inside track.

Deciding factor: He just settled into a front-running groove at ECR. Leaving would mean starting over.

CONOR DALY 24 // USA

Top 3s: 1

Wins: 0

He's off to ...Foyt Racing, which has struggled to win and raise money with its international roster. Daly, a Hoosier-born son of F1 ace Derek Daly, would give the team a boost.

Deciding factor: Teammates. If Coyne reels in Bourdais, Daly could measure himself against a four-time Indy champ.

SÉBASTIEN BOURDAIS 37 // France

Top 3s: 1

Wins: 1 (Belle Isle)

He's off to ... His move to Coyne Racing is all but a done deal. That pairing would be one of the best between driver and owner. Dale Coyne is one of the sharpest minds on the grid.

Deciding factor: Money and personality seem like the only potential roadblocks.