2014 IndyCar Series season
|2014 IndyCar season|
|Start date||March 30|
|End date||August 30|
|Previous season||Next season|
The 2014 IndyCar Series season represents the 103rd season of American open wheel racing and the 19th season of the IndyCar Series. Its premier event will be the 98th Indianapolis 500, to be held Sunday, May 25. Scott Dixon will enter the season as the defending IndyCar Champion, while Chevrolet will enter as the reigning Manufacturer's champion.
Teams and drivers
- All chassis are composed of a Dallara DW12 "IndyCar Safety Cell" base chassis, and Dallara aerokit. All teams run Firestone tires. On December 21, 2012, Firestone signed a five-year contract extension with IndyCar. Firestone will be the official supplier for IndyCar through 2018. The original engine lease contracts that were signed by the teams prior to the 2012 season are up for renewal prior to the 2014 season, many of which have yet to be announced. The list below reflects drivers who have confirmed and existing contracts for the 2014 season.
- (R) denotes an IndyCar Series rookie.
Team and driver news
- Juan Pablo Montoya will return to IndyCar in 2014 after a 13 year absence, driving the No. 2 Chevrolet, for Team Penske. Due to his previous CART experience, he will not be considered a rookie.
- Another Colombian driver, Indy 500 runner-up Carlos Muñoz, will début full-time with Andretti Autosport in their fourth car for the 2014 season.
- Tony Kanaan will leave KV Racing Technology to join Chip Ganassi Racing.
- Sébastien Bourdais will leave Dragon Racing to drive for KVSH Racing in a 2-year deal.
- Andretti Autosport will return to racing Honda engines in a multiyear deal.
- Dario Franchitti announced his retirement from motorsport on the medical advice of his doctors following his accident in the Sunday 2013 Grand Prix of Houston.
- 2010 Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion Mikhail Aleshin, will replace Tristan Vautier in the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports No. 55 entry, becoming the first Russian driver to compete in the series.
The 2014 IndyCar Series schedule was formally announced on NBC Sports Network's INDYCAR Championship Preview Show on October 17, 2013. The schedule consists of eighteen races, hosted across 15 tracks and 14 venues. Included are three doubleheader events, in Detroit, Houston and Toronto. The IndyCar Triple Crown will feature the three 500-mile races, at Indianapolis, Pocono and Fontana, and offers a $1,000,000 bonus to a driver who can win all three events, with a $250,000 consolation prize if a driver can win two of the three events.
BOLD indicates a Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Triple Crown event.
- The event at Pocono Raceway will be extended to 500-miles from the 400-miles run in 2013.
- The event at Texas Motor Speedway will be extended to 600-kilometres from the 550-kilometres it ran the past 7 years.
- The road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, used for the U.S. Grand Prix in F1 (2000-2007) and currently the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix in MotoGP, will hold a race on Saturday, May 10; as part of the opening weekend of track activity for the Indianapolis 500. The race will run on a 2.434-mile (3.917 km) modified version of the Formula One road course, running clockwise around the oval section of the speedway. It will also feature a standing start. Opening Day practice for the Indy 500 will commence on Sunday, May 11.
- Iowa Speedway is confirmed to be returning to the schedule, extending the race to a 300 lap event.
- Baltimore Street Circuit race weekend will not run in 2014 and 2015 due to scheduling conflicts.
- Milwaukee Mile is confirmed to be returning to the schedule.
- São Paulo Indy 300 has been removed from the schedule.
- IZOD will conclude its sponsorship after the 2013 season. INDYCAR is currently seeking a new title sponsor for the IndyCar Series.
- "Firestone to remain tire supplier through 2018". IndyCar.com. December 21, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
- Pruett, Marshall (July 26, 2013). "INSIGHT: IndyCar silly season update". Racer.com. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
- Olson, Jeff. "Andretti resigns Hinchcliffe, will switch to Honda". USA Today. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
- "Andretti Autosport re-signs Marco Andretti". Auto Week. October 18, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
- Lewandowski, Dave (November 18, 2013). "Munoz joins Andretti; starts with Sebring test". IndyCar Series (IndyCar). Retrieved November 23, 2013.
- "Andretti Autosport confirms James Hinchcliffe return with new sponsor". Racer. October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
- "Chevrolet and Chip Ganassi Racing teams partner in IndyCar Series for 2014". Motorsport. motorsport.com. October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
- "To run history-laden No. 1 or not is the question". Indycar. indycar.com. October 24, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
- "Tony Kanaan’s IndyCar engineer to join him at Ganassi Racing". November 7, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
- "Chip Ganassi Racing Teams sign Tony Kanaan for 2014 IndyCar series season". Motorsport. motorsport.com. October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
- Lewandowski, Dave (November 14, 2013). "Four-time champ Franchitti announces his retirement". IndyCar Series. indycar.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
- "Conway joins Carpenter team for roads/streets". IndyCar Series. IndyCar.com. November 11, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
- "SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS TO RUN 2014-2015 INDYCAR SEASONS WITH KVSH RACING". October 17, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
- "Notes: First Honda team re-ups for 2014 engine". IndyCar Series. IndyCar.com. August 23, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
- Lewandowski, Dave (November 22, 2013). "Aleshin to drive for SPM; first Russian in series". IndyCar Series (IndyCar). Retrieved November 23, 2013.
- "Montoya to Join Team Penske in 2014". Penske Racing. September 16, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
- Lewandowski, Dave (October 14, 2013). "2014 IndyCar Series schedule unveil on 'INDYCAR Championship Preview Show' at 8 p.m. (ET) Oct. 17 on NBC Sports Network". IndyCar Series. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
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- DiZinno, Tony (October 1, 2013). "Grand Prix of Indianapolis set for May 10, 2014 on revised course". NBC Sports. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- "IndyCar Road Race May 8-10 At IMS To Elevate Month Of May Action". Indianapolis Motor Speedway. October 1, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- "ABC Supply Co. steps up for Milwaukee IndyFest, which moves to August". Tony DiZinno. NBC Sports. October 16, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
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- Lewandowski, Dave (September 23, 2013). "Fans to get more mileage out of 2014 race at TMS". IndyCar Series. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
- "Board approves Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course event for May 2014". IndyCar Series. September 26, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
- Cavin, Curt (October 1, 2013). "IndyCar officials provide details for revised 2.434-mile IMS road course". IndyStar. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- "IndyCar head Mark Miles says series will return to Iowa in 2014". Autoweek. June 23, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
- Dance, Scott (September 13, 2013). "Grand Prix of Baltimore canceled through 2015, and likely beyond". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
- "Izod dropping IndyCar Series sponsorship". Indianapolis Business Journal. September 27, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2013.