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103rd Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning bodyIndyCar
Season2019 IndyCar Season
DateMay 26, 2019
WinnerFrance Simon Pagenaud
Average speed175.794 mph (282.913 km/h)
Pole positionFrance Simon Pagenaud
Pole speed229.992 mph (370.136 km/h)
Fastest qualifierFrance Simon Pagenaud
Rookie of the YearUnited States Santino Ferrucci
Most laps ledFrance Simon Pagenaud (116)
Pre-race ceremonies
National anthemKelly Clarkson
"Back Home Again in Indiana"Jim Cornelison
Starting CommandTony George
Pace carChevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
Pace car driverDale Earnhardt Jr.
StarterPaul Blevin
Honorary starterChristian Bale & Matt Damon
TV in the United States
NetworkNBC
AnnouncersLeigh Diffey, Townsend Bell, Paul Tracy
Nielsen Ratings5.435 million[1]
Chronology
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The 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge [2][3], was an IndyCar Series event held on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.[3] The premier event of the 2019 IndyCar Series, the event ran 500 miles (200 laps). Simon Pagenaud won the race from the pole position, earning Team Penske's record-extending 18th Indy 500 victory. Pagenaud led 116 laps, taking the lead for the final time with just over one lap to go. He became the first French-born winner since Gaston Chevrolet in 1920, and the first pole-sitter to win the race since 2009.

The month of May activities formally began on May 11 with the IndyCar Grand Prix on the combined road course. Practice for the Indianapolis 500 began on Tuesday, May 14, and time trials were held May 18–19. Carb Day, the traditional final day of practice, as well as the annual Pit Stop Challenge and Indy Lights Freedom 100, were held May 24. Simon Pagenaud became the second driver in a row to sweep both the IndyCar Grand Prix and the Indy 500 in the same year. Pagenaud also won the pole position, the record-extending 18th Indy 500 pole for Team Penske.

Will Power, the winner in 2018, entered the race as the defending champion. During the Last Row Shootout on May 19, former Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso, attempting his second Indy 500, was bumped from the field, and failed to qualify.

Race background[edit]

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a 2.5-mile oval circuit with four turns banked at 9°.

Rule changes[edit]

  • Cars will be permitted one of two optional Gurney flaps atop the rear wing to increase downforce. A ​38 inch tall flap, either 13.2 inches (34 cm) wide or 24.5 inches (62 cm) wide, can be affixed to generate 50-100 pounds of downforce.[4]
  • Marathon Petroleum replaces Sunoco as the official fuel provider beginning in 2019, using the Speedway brand.[5]
  • All cars will be fitted with the Advanced Frontal Protection (AFP) device for cockpit protection. The AFP is a vertical, titanium device measuring 3 inches (76 mm) by 0.75 inches (19 mm), resembling a fin, mounted to the leading edge of the cockpit.[6]

Track changes[edit]

A recycled polyethylene (RPE) binding agent was applied to the oval track surface; six drivers participated in an aero and tire test at the track in October 2018 following the application.[7]

Qualifying changes[edit]

A revised qualifying procedure was announced, modifying the Two-day format utilized from 2014 to 2018. Qualifying will continue to be held over two days (Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19), but bumping will be moved back to Sunday. Both the familiar Fast Nine Shootout and a new Last Row Shootout will be held Sunday.[8] Cars will continue to use the traditional four-lap qualifying attempts.

On Saturday, the procedure will be as follows:

  • Qualifying will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. All cars entered will be guaranteed at least one attempt. Additional attempts are allowed, time/weather permitting.
  • Positions 1–9 will advance to the Fast Nine Shootout.
  • Positions 10–30 will be locked-in, and will not re-qualify.
  • Positions 31 and lower will be entered into the Last Row Shootout.

On Sunday, time trials will conclude as follows:

  • At 12:15 p.m. the Last Row Shootout will be held. Entries that finished 31st and lower on Saturday will have one attempt to qualify. Times from Saturday will be erased. Starting positions 31–33 will be filled. All other cars from 34th and lower will fail to qualify.
  • At 1:15 p.m., the Fast Nine Shootout will determine starting positions 1–9, including the pole position. Times from Saturday will be erased, and cars will have one attempt to re-qualify. Championship points (9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1) will be awarded based on the results of the Fast Nine Shootout.
  • After qualifying is concluded, a 2-hour, 45-minute practice session will be held. Furthermore, the Monday post-qualifying practice session will be trimmed from 3​12 hours down to 2 hours.

2019 IndyCar Series[edit]

Five different drivers won the first five races of the 2019 IndyCar Series season. Josef Newgarden won the season-opening race at St. Petersburg. Series rookie Colton Herta won the inaugural race at Circuit of the Americas, in doing so became the youngest driver ever to win an Indy car race. Takuma Sato then won the race at Birmingham, and Alexander Rossi won at Long Beach. The month of May opened with Simon Pagenaud winning the IndyCar Grand Prix, his first win since 2017 and third win in the event. Entering the Indianapolis 500, Josef Newgarden led the championship points standings.

For the first time since 2015, no oval races will be held prior to Indianapolis.

Sponsorship[edit]

On January 31, 2019, it was announced that the online financial services company Gainbridge would become the new presenting sponsor of the 500 under a four-year deal.[9]

Pre-race ceremonies[edit]

Entry list[edit]

Three-time Indy 500 winner Hélio Castroneves has the most previous starts in the field with 18.
Scott Dixon is the 2008 Indy 500 winner, a three-time pole winner, and 5-time IndyCar series champion.
Fernando Alonso returns for his second Indy 500 attempt.

The official entry list was released with 36 car/driver combinations. All chassis are Dallara IR12, with Firestone tires.

No. Driver Team Engine
2 United States Josef Newgarden United States Team Penske Chevrolet
3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves  W  United States Team Penske Chevrolet
4 Brazil Matheus Leist United States A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet
5 Canada James Hinchcliffe United States Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson  R  United States Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
9 New Zealand Scott Dixon  W  United States Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist  R  United States Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
12 Australia Will Power  W  United States Team Penske Chevrolet
14 Brazil Tony Kanaan  W  United States A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet
15 United States Graham Rahal United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
18 France Sébastien Bourdais United States Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda
19 United States Santino Ferrucci  R  United States Dale Coyne Racing Honda
20 United States Ed Carpenter United States Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
21 United States Spencer Pigot United States Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
22 France Simon Pagenaud United States Team Penske Chevrolet
23 United States Charlie Kimball United Kingdom Carlin Chevrolet
24 United States Sage Karam United States Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet
25 United States Conor Daly United States Andretti Autosport Honda
26 United States Zach Veach United States Andretti Autosport Honda
27 United States Alexander Rossi  W  United States Andretti Autosport Honda
28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay  W  United States Andretti Autosport Honda
30 Japan Takuma Sato  W  United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
31 Mexico Patricio O'Ward  R  United Kingdom Carlin Chevrolet
32 United States Kyle Kaiser United States Juncos Racing Chevrolet
33 Australia James Davison United States Dale Coyne Racing with Byrd/Hollinger/Belardi Honda
39 United Kingdom Pippa Mann United States Clauson-Marshall Racing Chevrolet
42 United Kingdom Jordan King  R  United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
48 United States J.R. Hildebrand United States Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet
59 United Kingdom Max Chilton United Kingdom Carlin Chevrolet
60 United Kingdom Jack Harvey United States Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda
63 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones United States Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet
66 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren Racing Chevrolet
77 Spain Oriol Servià United States MotoGator Team Stange Racing with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda
81 United Kingdom Ben Hanley  R  United States DragonSpeed Chevrolet
88 United States Colton Herta  R  United States Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda
98 United States Marco Andretti United States Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian Honda
OFFICIAL REPORT
  •  W  Former Indianapolis 500 winner
  •  R  Indianapolis 500 Rookie

Schedule[edit]

The Pagoda, the control tower which houses officials, broadcasting, and hospitality suites, is an icon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

An open test on the oval was scheduled for and held April 24, 2019[20] followed by a private manufacturer's test on the combined road course on April 29.[21]

Race schedules — April/May 2019
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
28

29
Private test
(road course)
30

1

2

3

4
Mini-Marathon
5

6

7

8

9
Road to Indy
Practice
10
Grand Prix
Qualifying
11
IndyCar
Grand Prix
12
Mother's
Day
13
Car conversion
day
14
ROP
Practice
15
Practice
16
Practice
17
Practice
Fast Friday
18
Time Trials Q1
19
Bump Day Q2
Pole Day Q2
20
NTT/Lights Practice
21

22

23
Indy Lights
Qualifying
24
Carb Day
Freedom 100
25
Legends Day
Parade
26
Indianapolis
500
27
Memorial
Day
28

29

30

31



Color Notes
Green Practice
Dark Blue Time trials
Silver Race day
Red Rained out*
Blank No track activity

* Includes days where track
activity was significantly limited due to rain

Testing[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.[22]

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 was scheduled for October 17, 2018 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Six teams tested with six cars, further developing aerodynamic specifications for the UAK18 universal aero kit as well as Firestone tires. In addition, the drivers were able to experience for the first time the performance of the Speedway's pavement, which was recently upgraded with an application of the asphalt binding agent Recycled Polyethylene (RPE).[23]

No speeds were announced, and no incidents were reported. Following the test, the participants expressed that the track had more grip, and the new tire was more consistent than the compound used in 2018.[24]

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

Oval test — Friday April 19[edit]

Three Indy 500 rookies took part in an oval acclimation test at Texas Motor Speedway on April 19. Ben Hanley, Colton Herta and Marcus Ericsson took part in the test, which was conducted by IndyCar officials. The test provided the drivers with high-speed oval experience prior to the start of the Rookie Orientation Program. Conditions were reported as windy, and no incidents were reported.[25][26]

Open test and Rookie Orientation — Wednesday April 24[edit]

  • Weather: 59 °F (15 °C), rain, winds up to 15 mph
  • Summary: A full-field open test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was scheduled for Wednesday April 24, 2019.[27] A total of fifteen teams, featuring 28 drivers, were scheduled to participate. The test was split into three segments, with the first segment reserved for full-time IndyCar Series veterans. The second session was the Rookie Orientation Test and the Refresher Test (drivers who have previously raced in the Indy 500 but have not raced an NTT IndyCar Series race on a high-speed oval since the previous year's Indy 500), and the third session was for all veterans as well as drivers who passed either the rookie or refresher tests.[28]
Testing began on-time at 11:00 a.m., however, the track was closed after eleven minutes due to rain. The track re-opened to resume the first segment shortly after 3:00 p.m. At about 4:45 p.m., a light rain shower closed the track again. Around 6 p.m., the track re-opened for the Rookie Orientation Program and refresher session, and ran until moisture ended the day at 7:30 p.m. The third session was cancelled.
A total of twenty drivers took part in the first session, completing 707 laps. Takuma Sato set the fastest lap of the day (226.993 mph) and also had a "no-tow" lap of nearly 223 mph.[29] Tony Kanaan failed to run any laps at speed, and Max Chilton suffered a blown engine.
The Rookie Orientation Program and the Refresher tests were next. Four rookies (Colton Herta, Felix Rosenqvist, Santino Ferrucci, and Marcus Ericsson) passed all three phases of the rookie test - ten laps at 205-210 mph, ten laps at 210-215 mph, and ten laps over 215 mph. Herta led the rookie speed chart with a lap of 226.108 mph, and a "no-tow" laps of 223.121 mph (the fastest such of the entire day).[30] The Refresher test, for veteran drivers who have not raced on a high-speed oval since the 2018 race, consists of the final two phases of the aforementioned rookie test. Drivers who raced in 2018 at Texas or Pocono were exempt. Conor Daly was the only participant that passed the both the second and third phase. Fernando Alonso suffered electrical issues, and only managed to clear the second phase. Hélio Castroneves, J. R. Hildebrand, and Oriol Servià were also unable to complete both phases.[31] An additional session of the Refresher/Rookie Orientation Program was scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on May 14.
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Engine Speed
1 30 Japan Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 226.993
2 20 United States Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 226.414
3 21 United States Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 226.325
OFFICIAL REPORT (1) OFFICIAL REPORT (2)

Practice[edit]

Opening Day Practice — Tuesday May 14[edit]

Ed Jones had the fastest "no-tow" speed on opening day.
  • Weather: 69 °F (21 °C), Fair
  • Summary: The opening day of practice saw all 36 cars turn laps around the circuit. Most drivers needing rookie/refresher testing completed their programs; however, rookie Patricio O'Ward suffered electrical issues in his car, preventing him from finishing his program. Fernando Alonso also suffered electrical issues on the day, preventing him taking part in much of the afternoon running. The fastest lap of the day belonged to Will Power, who turned a lap at 229.745 miles per hour (369.739 km/h), ahead of his Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud and Ed Carpenter Racing team boss Ed Carpenter. The fastest "no-tow" lap belonged to Ed Jones, who turned a lap at 224.542 miles per hour (361.365 km/h) without the aid of drafting. Only one minor incident occurred during the day, when rookie Colton Herta spun in the warm-up lane in turn 2, though he suffered no damage.[32]
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Engine Speed
1 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 229.745
2 22 France Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 229.703
3 20 United States Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 228.653
OFFICIAL REPORT

Practice — Wednesday May 15[edit]

Josef Newgarden led the speed chart on Wednesday.
  • Weather: 71 °F (22 °C), Partly cloudy
  • Summary: The second day of practice opened with Patricio O'Ward completing his rookie test, allowing him to participate in open practice with the other competitors. The day saw the first two crashes of practice for the month. The first came at 12:35 p.m., when Fernando Alonso hit the outside wall in turn three while following Graham Rahal. The car then slid across the track and hit the barriers on the inside of the north short chute before finally coming to a halt in turn four after tapping the outside wall. Alonso emerged uninjured, but the car was heavily damaged and the team did not return for the remainder of the day's practice.[33] The second incident of the day came at 5:02 p.m. when Felix Rosenqvist lost control of his car in turn two while following Colton Herta. Rosenqvist's car spun before hitting the outside barrier, then slid into the tire wall at the inside of the track. Rosenqvist was uninjured, while the car needed significant repairs.[34] Topping the speed charts for the day was Josef Newgarden who turned a lap at 228.856 miles per hour (368.308 km/h), besting Scott Dixon and Spencer Pigot. The fastest "no-tow" lap belonged to Alexander Rossi, who ran at 224.648 miles per hour (361.536 km/h) without the assistance of drafting.[35] The field completed a total of 3,219 laps, with a considerable amount of "pack" racing observed.
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Engine Speed
1 2 United States Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet 228.856
2 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 228.835
3 21 United States Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 228.658
OFFICIAL REPORT

Practice — Thursday May 16[edit]

Ed Jones led the speed chart for the first time.
  • Weather: 79 °F (26 °C), Mostly cloudy, thunderstorms late
  • Summary: Thursday practice was shortened by 90 minutes due to rain. Despite this, 35 cars turned laps on the day, with only McLaren Racing being absent, still recovering from their accident the previous day. One major incident occurred at 12:18 p.m. when Patricio O'Ward lost control of his car in turn two and made heavy contact with the outside wall, sending the car airborne briefly before landing on its wheels and skidding to a halt part way down the backstretch. O'Ward was uninjured, but did not return to the track for the remainder of the day.[36] Ed Jones was the fastest driver of the day, running a lap at 227.843 miles per hour (366.678 km/h) ahead of Takuma Sato and Zach Veach. Jones also held the fastest "no-tow" lap at 224.957 miles per hour (362.033 km/h).[37] Only 1,717 laps were completed for the session, down from the previous day. With severe weather approaching the area, at 4:30 p.m. the yellow light was turned on and all cars were called off the track. The teams were sent to the garage area and the session was ended early, anticipating the storm.
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Engine Speed
1 63 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet 227.843
2 30 Japan Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 226.699
3 26 United States Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Honda 226.070
OFFICIAL REPORT

Fast Friday Practice — Friday May 17[edit]

Conor Daly set the fastest practice lap of the week.
  • Weather: 82 °F (28 °C), Mostly cloudy early with mid-day thunderstorms, sunny late
  • Summary: Boost pressures were increased in preparation for qualifying weekend, leading to higher speeds than previous days. One major incident occurred at roughly noon, when Kyle Kaiser lost control in turn 3 and impacted the outside wall heavily, causing his car to become airborne briefly before landing upright. The incident placed the entry from Juncos Racing in doubt as to whether they would be able to appear for qualifying.[38] The day also saw a stoppage due to weather, as lightning in the Speedway area halted running for roughly an hour. Conor Daly set the fastest time of Fast Friday, running a lap of 231.704 miles per hour (372.891 km/h) and besting Marco Andretti and Takuma Sato. Ed Jones headed the "no-tow" ranking for the third time in the week, posting a lap at 230.106 miles per hour (370.320 km/h) with no drafting aid.[39]
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Engine Speed
1 25 United States Conor Daly Andretti Autosport Honda 231.704
2 98 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian Honda 230.851
3 30 Japan Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 230.755
OFFICIAL REPORT

Time trials[edit]

Qualifying — Saturday May 18[edit]

Colton Herta was the fastest rookie qualifier.
  • Weather: 85 °F (29 °C), Sunny, winds up to 25 mph
  • Summary: Time trials on Saturday determined the top thirty qualifiers which would be locked into the starting field. The nine fastest cars will subsequently advance to the Fast Nine Shootout scheduled for Sunday to determine the pole position. Spencer Pigot of Ed Carpenter Racing, who drew second in the qualifying order, set the fastest speed of the day at 230.083 mph. Will Power qualified second, falling short of the top spot by just 0.0011 seconds. Ed Jones turned in the fastest single qualifying lap (231.015 mph) and fastest trap speed (239.795 mph). However, his last two laps dropped off and he slipped to 6th in the final standings. High ambient and track temperatures, as well as gusting winds, made the search for speed difficult, particularly as the afternoon wore on.
On his first qualifying attempt, James Hinchcliffe, who failed to qualify in 2018, suffered a major crash in turn two. The driver lost control and did a half-spin, hitting the outside wall with the left side. Hinchcliffe was seen gingerly limping from the car, but did not suffer any major injuries. Later in the day, Hinchcliffe made three qualifying attempts in a back-up car, but failed to make the top 30. The other major story of the day involved Fernando Alonso. After struggling during practice all week, Alonso made five qualifying attempts yet failed to made the top 30. At the close of time trials, Alonso was ranked 31st, and was forced to participate in the Last Row Shootout.
The six cars that did not lock-in to the top 30 moved on to the Last Row Shootout, held the following day.
Pos No. Driver Team Engine Speed
Fast Nine Qualifiers
1 21 United States Spencer Pigot United States Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 230.083
2 12 Australia Will Power  W  United States Team Penske Chevrolet 230.081
3 22 France Simon Pagenaud United States Team Penske Chevrolet 229.854
4 2 United States Josef Newgarden United States Team Penske Chevrolet 229.749
5 88 United States Colton Herta  R  United States Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda 229.478
6 63 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones United States Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet 229.440
7 20 United States Ed Carpenter United States Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 229.349
8 27 United States Alexander Rossi  W  United States Andretti Autosport Honda 229.268
9 18 France Sébastien Bourdais United States Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda 228.800
Positions 10–33
10 98 United States Marco Andretti United States Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian Honda 228.756
11 25 United States Conor Daly United States Andretti Autosport Honda 228.617
12 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves  W  United States Team Penske Chevrolet 228.523
13 7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson  R  United States Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 228.511
14 30 Japan Takuma Sato  W  United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 228.300
15 33 Australia James Davison United States Dale Coyne Racing with Byrd/Hollinger/Belardi Honda 228.273
16 14 Brazil Tony Kanaan  W  United States A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 228.120
17 15 United States Graham Rahal United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 228.104
18 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon  W  United States Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 228.100
19 77 Spain Oriol Servià United States MotoGator Team Stange Racing with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda 227.991
20 23 United States Charlie Kimball United Kingdom Carlin Chevrolet 227.915
21 48 United States J.R. Hildebrand United States Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet 227.908
22 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay  W  United States Andretti Autosport Honda 227.877
23 19 United States Santino Ferrucci  R  United States Dale Coyne Racing Honda 227.731
24 4 Brazil Matheus Leist United States A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 227.717
25 60 United Kingdom Jack Harvey United States Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda 227.695
26 42 United Kingdom Jordan King  R  United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 227.502
27 81 United Kingdom Ben Hanley  R  United States DragonSpeed Chevrolet 227.482
28 26 United States Zach Veach United States Andretti Autosport Honda 227.341
29 10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist  R  United States Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 227.297
30 39 United Kingdom Pippa Mann United States Clauson-Marshall Racing Chevrolet 227.244
Last Row Shootout
31 66 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren Racing Chevrolet 227.224
32 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe United States Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 226.956
33 24 United States Sage Karam United States Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet 226.951
34 31 Mexico Patricio O'Ward  R  United Kingdom Carlin Chevrolet 226.897
35 59 United Kingdom Max Chilton United Kingdom Carlin Chevrolet 226.321
36 32 United States Kyle Kaiser United States Juncos Racing Chevrolet Time Withdrawn
OFFICIAL REPORT

Bump Day/Pole Day — Sunday May 19[edit]

Last Row Shootout[edit]

Sage Karam qualified 31st.

The six cars that failed to qualify on Saturday participated in the Last Row Shootout. Each car was permitted one qualifying attempt to fill positions 31-32-33. The three remaining cars would fail to qualify. Rain delayed the start of the Last Row Shootout until 4:30 p.m. The teams had been permitted only a brief practice session Sunday morning before weather moved into the area.

After struggling during practice, and after managing only 33rd on Saturday, Sage Karam set the fastest speed of the session. After crashing and failing to make the top 30 on Saturday, James Hinchcliffe also qualified solidly. Fernando Alonso of McLaren found himself sitting on the bubble with only one car remaining in line. Second-year driver Kyle Kaiser of Juncos Racing was the final driver to make an attempt. Going into the month, the sponsorship for the Juncos team fell through. They suffered a crash in practice on Friday, and ranked last after Saturday's qualifying session. With zero practice laps on the day, Kaiser dramatically bumped out Alonso by 0.0129 seconds to make the starting field.

All three cars that failed to qualify were associated with Carlin (the McLaren entry was affiliated with Carlin). Charlie Kimball was the only Carlin entry to make the starting field.

Pos No. Driver Team Engine Speed
Last Row Qualifiers
31 24 United States Sage Karam United States Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet 227.740
32 5T Canada James Hinchcliffe United States Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 227.543
33 32 United States Kyle Kaiser United States Juncos Racing Chevrolet 227.372
Failed to qualify
34 66 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren Racing Chevrolet 227.353
35 31 Mexico Patricio O'Ward  R  United Kingdom Carlin Chevrolet 227.092
36 59 United Kingdom Max Chilton United Kingdom Carlin Chevrolet 226.192

Fast Nine Shootout[edit]

Simon Pagenaud won the pole position.

Team Penske won their record-extending 18th Indianapolis 500 pole position, as driver Simon Pagenaud took the top spot in the Fast Nine Shootout. Three-time polesitter Ed Carpenter was the third car out and set the pace early on with a four-lap average of 229.889 mph. Carpenter's fourth career pole, however, was not to be, as Pagenaud narrowly edged him out by 0.07 seconds. After a disappointing run by Will Power, which saw him drop from 2nd on Saturday to 6th on Sunday, Spencer Pigot was the last car with a chance for the pole. Pigot's first lap was quick, but his four-lap average dropped off and he qualified third.

Ed Carpenter Racing qualified 2nd-3rd-4th, one of the best combined time trials result for a three-car (or larger) race team. Penske Racing qualified 1st-2nd-3rd in 1988, and 1st-3rd-4th in 2010 and 2018. Andretti Autosport also qualified 2nd-3rd-4th in 2012-2013.

Because of the earlier rain, the scheduled practice after the Fast Nine Shootout was cancelled.

Pos No. Driver Team Engine Speed
Fast Nine Qualifiers
1 22 France Simon Pagenaud United States Team Penske Chevrolet 229.992
2 20 United States Ed Carpenter United States Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 229.889
3 21 United States Spencer Pigot United States Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 229.826
4 63 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones United States Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet 229.646
5 88 United States Colton Herta  R  United States Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda 229.086
6 12 Australia Will Power  W  United States Team Penske Chevrolet 228.645
7 18 France Sébastien Bourdais United States Dale Coyne Racing Honda 228.621
8 2 United States Josef Newgarden United States Team Penske Chevrolet 228.396
9 27 United States Alexander Rossi  W  United States Andretti Autosport Honda 228.247
OFFICIAL REPORT

Post-qualifying practice[edit]

Post-qualifying practice — Monday May 20[edit]

  • Weather: 63 °F (17 °C), partly sunny
  • Summary: All 33 qualified cars took practice laps during the Post-qualifying practice session on Monday. Tony Kanaan took laps in both his own car and teammate Matheus Leist's car. The only minor incident of the day involved Marcus Ericsson. In heavy traffic, cars were two and three wide approaching turn three. Ericsson drifted high in turn three, and lightly brushed the outside wall in the north short chute. Polesitter Simon Pagenaud led the speed chart for the afternoon. The field completed 2,469 laps running most of the session in packs and simulating race conditions.
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Engine Speed
1 22 France Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 228.441
2 2 United States Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet 228.273
3 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 227.994
OFFICIAL REPORT

Carb Day — Friday May 24[edit]

  • Weather: 87 °F (31 °C), Mostly cloudy
  • Practice summary: Carb Day served as the final practice session before the race. The session saw mainly pack running in anticipation of the race, with no major incidents occurring during the session. Tony Kanaan posted the best lap of the day at 225.517 miles per hour (362.934 km/h), besting rookie Santino Ferrucci and Takuma Sato. Later in the day, the annual pit stop competition occurred.[40]
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Engine Speed
1 14 Brazil Tony Kanaan A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 225.517
2 19 United States Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing Honda 225.486
3 30 Japan Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 225.468
OFFICIAL REPORT

Pit Stop Challenge[edit]

The annual Pit Stop Challenge was held on May 24. Victory in the event went to Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Marcus Ericsson's No. 7 car. The team bested Chip Ganassi Racing's No. 9 car in a best of three shoot-out. The victory marked the first time since 2004 that a team other than Chip Ganassi Racing or Team Penske had done so.[41]

  First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                     
       
  24 Dreyer & Reinbold
(Sage Karam)
14.550  
    9 Chip Ganassi
(Scott Dixon)
13.935  
24 Dreyer & Reinbold
(Sage Karam)
12.881
77 Team Stange with Arrow Schmidt Peterson
(Oriol Servià)
13.338  
  9 Chip Ganassi
(Scott Dixon)
32.537  
  5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson
(James Hinchcliffe)
33.050  
       
       
  30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan
(Takuma Sato)
13.261
    5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson
(James Hinchcliffe)
13.153  
 
  9 Chip Ganassi
(Scott Dixon)
1
  7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson
(Marcus Ericsson)
2
       
       
  7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson
(Marcus Ericsson)
13.231
    2 Team Penske
(Josef Newgarden)
13.642  
 
  7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson
(Marcus Ericsson)
12.692
  12 Team Penske
(Will Power)
14.619  
       
       
  10 Chip Ganassi
(Felix Rosenqvist)
14.389 (+5)
    12 Team Penske
(Will Power)
14.625  

source for results[42]

Starting grid[edit]

 R  = Indianapolis 500 rookie;  W  = Former Indianapolis 500 winner

Row Inside Middle Outside
1 22 France Simon Pagenaud 20 United States Ed Carpenter 21 United States Spencer Pigot
2 63 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones 88 United States Colton Herta  R  12 Australia Will Power  W 
3 18 France Sébastien Bourdais 2 United States Josef Newgarden 27 United States Alexander Rossi  W 
4 98 United States Marco Andretti 25 United States Conor Daly 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves  W 
5 7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson  R  30 Japan Takuma Sato  W  33 Australia James Davison
6 14 Brazil Tony Kanaan  W  15 United States Graham Rahal 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon  W 
7 77 Spain Oriol Servià 23 United States Charlie Kimball 48 United States J. R. Hildebrand
8 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay  W  19 United States Santino Ferrucci  R  4 Brazil Matheus Leist
9 60 United Kingdom Jack Harvey 42 United Kingdom Jordan King  R  81 United Kingdom Ben Hanley  R 
10 26 United States Zach Veach 10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist  R  39 United Kingdom Pippa Mann
11 24 United States Sage Karam 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe 32 United States Kyle Kaiser

Failed to qualify

No. Driver Team Reason
66 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren Racing Fourth fastest in last row shootout. Bumped from the field.
31 Mexico Patricio O'Ward[N 1] United Kingdom Carlin Fifth fastest in last row shootout. Bumped from the field.
59 United Kingdom Max Chilton United Kingdom Carlin Sixth fastest in last row shootout. Bumped from the field.
  1. ^ Under Speedway rules, O'Ward, although entered as an NTT IndyCar Series rookie, will not be credited as a rookie for this event. Should he return to the Indianapolis 500 in 2020 or beyond, he must retake all phases of the Indianapolis 500 rookie test and will be declared eligible for all rookie awards.

Box score[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Engine Laps Time/Retired Pit Stops Grid Laps Led Pts.1
1 22 France Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 200 2:50:39.2797 6 1 116 112
2 27 United States Alexander Rossi (W) Andretti Autosport Honda 200 +0.2086 6 9 22 82
3 30 Japan Takuma Sato (W) Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 200 +0.3413 8 14 3 71
4 2 United States Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet 200 +0.8979 6 8 21 67
5 12 Australia Will Power (W) Team Penske Chevrolet 200 +1.6173 6 6 7 65
6 20 United States Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 200 +1.9790 6 2 7 65
7 19 United States Santino Ferrucci (R) Dale Coyne Racing Honda 200 +2.8055 6 23 1 53
8 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay (W) Andretti Autosport Honda 200 +4.0198 6 22 0 48
9 14 Brazil Tony Kanaan (W) A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 200 +4.7708 8 16 0 44
10 25 United States Conor Daly Andretti Autosport Honda 200 +5.3459 6 11 0 40
11 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 200 +5.4821 8 32 0 38
12 33 Australia James Davison Dale Coyne Racing with Byrd/Hollinger/Belardi Honda 200 +6.2250 6 15 0 36
13 63 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet 200 +7.5500 8 4 0 40
14 21 United States Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 200 +8.5566 8 3 4 40
15 4 Brazil Matheus Leist A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 200 +10.4153 7 24 0 30
16 39 United Kingdom Pippa Mann Clauson-Marshall Racing Chevrolet 200 +12.9803 6 30 0 28
17 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon (W) Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 200 +14.7595 7 18 13 27
18 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves (W) Team Penske Chevrolet 199 +1 Lap 9 12 0 24
19 24 United States Sage Karam Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet 199 +1 Lap 8 31 0 22
20 48 United States J. R. Hildebrand Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet 199 +1 Lap 9 21 0 20
21 60 United Kingdom Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda 199 +1 Lap 9 25 0 18
22 77 Spain Oriol Servià MotoGator Team Stange Racing with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda 199 +1 Lap 7 19 0 16
23 7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson (R) Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 198 +2 Laps 8 13 0 14
24 42 United Kingdom Jordan King (R) Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 198 +2 Laps 8 26 0 12
25 23 United States Charlie Kimball Carlin Chevrolet 196 +4 Laps 7 20 0 10
26 98 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian Honda 195 +5 Laps 12 10 0 10
27 15 United States Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 176 Contact 5 17 0 10
28 10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 176 Contact 6 29 6 11
29 26 United States Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Honda 176 Contact 5 28 0 10
30 18 France Sébastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda 176 Contact 5 7 0 13
31 32 United States Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing Chevrolet 71 Contact 2 33 0 10
32 81 United Kingdom Ben Hanley (R) DragonSpeed Chevrolet 54 Mechanical 1 27 0 10
33 88 United States Colton Herta (R) Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda 3 Mechanical 0 5 0 15
OFFICIAL BOX SCORE
Notes

1 Points include qualification points from Time Trials, 1 point for leading a lap, and 2 points for most laps led.

Broadcasting[edit]

Television[edit]

NBC televised the race in the United States, having assumed the broadcast rights as part of a new, three-year deal to televise the entire IndyCar Series, replacing ABC for the first time since 1965 (NBCSN held cable rights over the previous contract, but selected races, including the Indianapolis 500, were part of a separate package sold to ABC). The race was called by NBC's commentary team of Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell, and Paul Tracy. Mike Tirico served as on-air host for pre-race coverage, joined by Danica Patrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. as analysts.[43][44][45] Dillon Welch, whose father was a former ESPN pit reporter for the Indianapolis 500, was also a reporter.

Portions of pre-race activities were exclusive to NBC Sports Gold's IndyCar Pass subscription, including most practice sessions and all of the first day of qualifying with the final hour simulcast by NBCSN along with the entirety of Carb Day also simulcast. Bump and Pole Day were exclusive to NBCSN; while NBC had a scheduled window, the session was delayed due to rain, and NBC had commitments to air an NHL playoff game. The season-long broadcast team of Jake Query, Anders Krohn, and Katie Hargitt covered the Indy Lights Freedom 100. NBCSN broadcast a two-hour pre-race show and a one-hour post-race show on race day.[46]

The 2019 Indianapolis 500 saw an average of 5.4 million viewers, and a 3.9 overnight rating—a 15% increase over the 2018 edition (which was the least-viewed 500 since the introduction of live flag-to-flag coverage).[47] [48][49][50]

NBC
Booth Announcers Pre/Post-Race Pit/garage reporters

Announcer: Leigh Diffey
Color: Townsend Bell
Color: Paul Tracy

NBC Host: Mike Tirico
NBCSN Host: Krista Voda
Studio Analyst: Danica Patrick
Analyst/Features: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Features: Rutledge Wood

Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast
Kevin Lee
Jon Beekhuis
Robin Miller (Reporter/Features)
Dillon Welch (Reporter)

Radio[edit]

The race was carried by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network. Mark Jaynes served as the chief announcer for the fourth year. For 2019, the booth announcers moved to a new location. The IMS Radio Network took over the studio formerly occupied by ABC television, on the second floor of the Pagoda. NBC took over the booth high atop the Pagoda which the radio crew used to utilize. As a result, the chief announcer no longer had a clear view of turn one, and the separate turn one announcer (which was left vacant multiple times in the past several years) was brought back once again. Nick Yeoman took the prestigious turn one reporting location, as Jerry Baker was now permanently retired from the crew.

1070 The Fan broadcast nightly with Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee, followed by Donald Davidson's The Talk of Gasoline Alley.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network
Booth Announcers Turn Reporters Pit/garage reporters

Chief Announcer: Mark Jaynes
Driver expert: Anders Krohn
Historian: Donald Davidson

Turn 1: Nick Yeoman
Turn 2: Michael Young
Turn 3: Jake Query
Turn 4: Chris Denari

Rob Howden
Dave Furst
Ryan Myrehn
Rob Blackwood
Dave Wilson (Garages/Hospital)

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