2019 Indianapolis 500

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103rd Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning bodyIndyCar
Season2019 IndyCar Season
DateMay 26, 2019
TV in the United States
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The 2019 Indianapolis 500 (branded as the 103rd Indianapolis 500[1]) is an IndyCar Series event that is scheduled for Sunday, May 26, 2019, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.[1] The event is scheduled for 500 miles (200 laps). It will be the premier event of the 2019 IndyCar Series.

This will be the first occasion in which the race is broadcast by NBC Sports after 54 years of being broadcast by ABC. It will be the first time NBC has been at the race since NBC Radio covered the event in 1939. Will Power is the defending champion.

Race background[edit]

Track improvements[edit]

In late September 2018, shortly after the Brickyard 400, a Recycled Polyethylene (RPE) binding agent was applied to the entire oval track surface.

2019 IndyCar Series[edit]


August 2018[edit]

On August 6, 2018 a private test was conducted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval by Firestone. Two teams, one each representing Chevrolet and Honda, participated. Team Penske with driver Will Power tested for Chevy, and Chip Ganassi Racing with driver Scott Dixon tested for Honda. The test was focused on further development to the UAK18 universal aero kits which debuted in 2018. After some criticism during the 2018 race, improvements were made to the front wing endplate and underwing panels to address stability issues. Speeds were not announced, and no incidents were reported.[2]

Private testing — Participants
Driver Team Engine
New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet

October 2018[edit]

A series-conducted test is scheduled for October 17, 2018 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Six teams will test with six cars, further developing aerodynamic specifications for the UAK18 universal aero kit as well as Firestone tires. In addition, the drivers will test out the performance of the Speedway's pavement, which was recently upgraded with an application of the asphalt binding agent Recycled Polyethylene (RPE).[3]

Testing — Participants
Driver Team Engine
New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet
United States Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
United States Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
Brazil Tony Kanaan A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet
United States Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda


  1. ^ a b "Indianapolis Motor Speedway unveils logo for 2019 Indy 500". MotorSportsTalk. 2018-05-25. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  2. ^ Robinson, Mark (August 6, 2018). "Dixon, Power turn test laps with 2019 Indy 500 in mind". Racer.com. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  3. ^ Pruett, Marshall (October 12, 2018). "Indy aero and tire test set for next week". Racer.com. Retrieved October 12, 2018.