2019 IndyCar Series

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
2019 IndyCar season
NTT IndyCar Series
Season
Races17
Start dateMarch 10
End dateSeptember 22
Awards
← 2018
2020 →
Scott Dixon is the reigning IndyCar Series Drivers' Champion.

The 2019 NTT IndyCar Series will be the 24th season of the IndyCar Series and the 98th official championship season of American open wheel racing. The premier event will be the 2019 Indianapolis 500, with Will Power entering as the defending winner. Honda will enter as the defending Manufacturers' Cup champion. Scott Dixon will enter the season as the defending National Champion.

Series news[edit]

  • On March 21, 2018, NBC Sports announced that it would become the sole United States television rights holder under a new three-year contract, replacing the previous split between ABC and NBC Sports' cable network NBCSN (whose involvement in the series dated back to its tenure as Versus, prior to Comcast's acquisition of NBC). Eight races per-season will air on NBC, including the Indianapolis 500 (ending a run of 54 consecutive editions aired by ABC), and supplemental digital content will be offered through NBC Sports' subscription product NBC Sports Gold. As with the previous arrangement, the remaining races will air on NBCSN.[1][2][3]
  • On November 5, 2018, IndyCar announced the formation of INDYCAR Media as an in-house arm to manage and distribute its international television rights starting with the 2019 season, replacing ESPN International. The entity plans to secure deals for TV distribution with over two dozen licensees to broadcast to over one hundred countries.[4]
  • On November 27, 2018, IndyCar announced that Speedway LLC had signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement to be the official fuel provider of IndyCar beginning in 2019, replacing Sunoco.[5]
  • All entrants will use 2018-specification engines through the 2020 season as the series concentrates on developing the new 2021 engines.[6]
  • On December 17, 2018, it was announced that Jay Frye had been promoted to President of INDYCAR by series owner Hulman & Company. [7]
  • On January 15, 2019, IndyCar announced NTT as the new series title sponsor on a multi-year deal, along with becoming the official technology partner of the series and Indianapolis 500.[8][9] Verizon Communications had previously ended its title sponsorship of the series after the 2018 season.[10]
  • On February 6, 2019 it was announced that Firestone Tire and Rubber Company had signed an extension to remain as the series' sole tire supplier through the 2025 season.[11]

Entries[edit]

The following teams and drivers have been announced to compete in the 2019 IndyCar Series season.

Team Engine No. Driver(s) Round(s)
A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 4 Brazil Matheus Leist[12] All
14 Brazil Tony Kanaan[12] All
Andretti Autosport Honda 25 United States Conor Daly[13] 6
26 United States Zach Veach[14] All
27 United States Alexander Rossi[15] All
28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay[16] All
Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian[17] 98 United States Marco Andretti[18] All
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports[19] Honda 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe[20] All
6 Canada Robert Wickens TBA1
7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson[21]  R  All
Carlin Chevrolet 23 United States Charlie Kimball[22] 1, 6, 9, 14, 17
United States R. C. Enerson[23][24]  R  TBA
59 United Kingdom Max Chilton[22] All
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon[25][26] All
10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist[27]  R  All
Dale Coyne Racing Honda 19 United States Santino Ferrucci[28][29]  R  All
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan 18 France Sébastien Bourdais[30] All
DragonSpeed[31] Chevrolet 85 United Kingdom Ben Hanley[32]  R  1, 3, 6, 10, 13
Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 21 United States Spencer Pigot[33] All
20 United States Ed Carpenter[34] 6, 9, 12, 14–15
Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa[35][36] United Arab Emirates Ed Jones 1–5, 7–8, 10–11, 13, 16–17
64 6[37]
Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda[38] 8 Flag of None.svg TBA 6[39]
88 United States Colton Herta  R  All
Juncos Racing[40] Chevrolet 32 United States Kyle Kaiser[41]  R  2
TBA Flag of None.svg TBA TBA
McLaren Racing Chevrolet[42] 66 Spain Fernando Alonso[43]  R  6
Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda 60 United Kingdom Jack Harvey[44] 1–6, 10, 13, 16, 17
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 15 United States Graham Rahal[45] All
30 Japan Takuma Sato[46] All
42 United Kingdom Jordan King[47] 6
Team Penske Chevrolet 2 United States Josef Newgarden[48] All
3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves[49] 5–6
12 Australia Will Power All
22 France Simon Pagenaud[50] All
R Eligible for Rookie of the Year
  1. ^ Robert Wickens is signed under a multi-year deal to drive the #6 car full-time for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports but has no set return date after sustaining severe injuries at the 2018 ABC Supply 500.[51][52] An October 30, 2018 press release and a January 18, 2019 livery reveal both confirm that the No. 6 is open for Wickens "when he wants to and is able to return"[53]

Team changes[edit]

On September 19, 2018, it was announced that George Michael Steinbrenner IV's Steinbrenner Racing would join forces with Harding Racing to form a planned two-car operation under the name Harding Steinbrenner Racing.[54] On February 11th, it was revealed that the teams second engine lease was only for the Indianapolis 500.[39]

Meyer Shank Racing, after running a 6-race schedule in 2018, expanded their season to 10 races in the 2019 season with driver Jack Harvey. [44]

On October 17, 2018, it was announced that Ed Carpenter Racing and Scuderia Corsa would team up to field Ed Jones in all road and street course events and the Indianapolis 500. [55]

On November 10, 2018 it was announced that McLaren Racing would return to the IndyCar Series at the 2019 Indianapolis 500 with Fernando Alonso behind the wheel. On November 26, 2018, it was revealed that McLaren's entry would be powered by Chevrolet.[42]

On December 6, 2018 it was also announced that Harding Steinbrenner Racing will switch to Honda engines from 2019 season beyond after spending two seasons with Chevrolet engines.[56]

On December 17, 2018, it was announced that DragonSpeed would make their IndyCar debut in 2019, in a 5-race program including the 2019 Indianapolis 500. The entry will be powered by Chevrolet and piloted by Ben Hanley, who will make his IndyCar debut along with the team.[57]

Driver changes[edit]

After both running the final race of the 2018 season at Sonoma with Harding Racing, 2018 Indy Lights champion Patricio O'Ward and runner-up Colton Herta were announced to run the full season with the new partnership of Harding Steinbrenner Racing. However, on February 11, O'Ward and HSR parted ways after the team was unable to support a full-season program for O'Ward.

On September 28, 2018, Chip Ganassi Racing announced that they had signed Felix Rosenqvist to drive for the team during the 2019 season. He will replace Ed Jones in the No. 10 car.[27]

On October 17, 2018, Ed Carpenter Racing announced Ed Jones would replace Jordan King driving the No. 20 car on road courses and street circuits. Jones will also drive the No. 64 car in the Indianapolis 500 as Ed Carpenter will continue driving the No. 20 car on ovals.[58]

On October 30, 2018, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced that Formula One driver Marcus Ericsson would join the team for the 2019 season to replace the seriously injured Robert Wickens, though Ericsson will be racing the No. 7 car instead of Wickens' No. 6, which remains open "when he wants and is able to return".[59]

On November 14, 2018, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced that Jordan King would join the team for the Indianapolis 500.

On January 30, 2019, Andretti Autosport announced that Conor Daly would join the team for the Indianapolis 500.[13]

Schedule[edit]

Rd. Date Race Name Track City Time (EDT)
1 March 10 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg  R  Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida 1:30 p.m. 
2 March 24 IndyCar Classic[60][61]  R  Circuit of the Americas Austin, Texas 1:30 p.m. 
3 April 7 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Presented by AmFirst  R  Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama 4:30 p.m. 
4 April 14 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach[62]  R  Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California 4:30 p.m. 
5 May 11 IndyCar Grand Prix  R  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course Speedway, Indiana 3:30 p.m. 
6 May 26 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge[63]  O  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana 12:00 p.m. 
7 June 1 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear Corporation  R  The Raceway on Belle Isle Detroit, Michigan 3:30 p.m. 
8 June 2 3:30 p.m. 
9 June 8 DXC Technology 600  O  Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas 8:30 p.m. 
10 June 23 REV Group Grand Prix at Road America[64]  R  Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin 12:30 p.m. 
11 July 14 Honda Indy Toronto  R  Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario 3:30 p.m. 
12 July 20 Iowa 300  O  Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa 7:30 p.m. 
13 July 28 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio  R  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio 3:30 p.m. 
14 August 18 ABC Supply 500  O  Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania 2:30 p.m. 
15 August 24 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Presented by Axalta and Valvoline  O  Gateway Motorsports Park Madison, Illinois 8:30 p.m. 
16 September 1 Grand Prix of Portland  R  Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon 3:30 p.m. 
17 September 22 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey  R  WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California 3:00 p.m. 
O Short Oval/Superspeedway
R Road Course/Street Circuit

Schedule changes and notes[edit]

  • On June 22, 2018, it was announced that the Phoenix race at ISM Raceway would not be on the 2019 schedule.[65]
  • On June 24, 2018, IndyCar and Road America announced a three-year contract extension, keeping the circuit under contract through the 2021 season.[66]
  • On July 17, 2018, it was announced that Laguna Seca will be added to the schedule on a three-year contract and will be the 2019 season finale.[67] The event will replace the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.[68] It will be the first event there since the 2004 Champ Car season.
  • On July 30, 2018, it was announced the Iowa Corn 300 will return to a Saturday night race.[69]
  • On August 10, 2018, it was announced that Pocono Raceway will return in 2019.[70]
  • On August 16, 2018, an interview with Indycar's Stephen Starkes revealed that Portland would return, while Barber's date could move to early April.[71]
  • On August 23, 2018, Texas Motor Speedway confirmed a multi-year agreement to host the IndyCar Series through 2022.
  • On September 4, 2018, a March 24, 2019 race was announced at Circuit of the Americas.[72] The Austin American-Statesman reported a 5-year contract for the venue.

Season summary[edit]

Race results[edit]

  • One (1) championship point is awarded to each driver who leads at least one race lap. Two (2) additional championship points are awarded to the driver who leads most laps during a race.
  • At all races except the Indy 500, the number 1 qualifier earns one (1) point. At double header races, the fastest qualifier of each qualifying group earns one championship point.[73]
  • Entrant-initiated engine change-outs before the engines reach their required distance run will result in the loss of ten (-10) points.
    • NOTE: The distance run will be based on the total distance raced by that entrant with the engine in question, regardless of driver.
  • Ties are broken by number of wins, followed by number of 2nds, 3rds, etc., then by number of pole positions, followed by number of times qualified 2nd, etc.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Indy 500 will soon have a new TV network". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  2. ^ Steinberg, Brian (2018-03-21). "NBC Sports Grabs Indianapolis 500 Rights From ABC After 54 Years". Variety. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  3. ^ "How IndyCar-NBC deal will affect local Indy 500 blackout". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  4. ^ "INDYCAR Media created to manage international media rights". IndyCar.com. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Speedway named Official Fuel, Official Convenience Store for INDYCAR, IMS". IndyCar.com. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  6. ^ Glucker, Jeff (1 October 2018). "IndyCar is ready to introduce 900-horsepower engines by 2021". motorauthority.com. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Hulman & Company announces organizational changes for INDYCAR, IMS". IndyCar.com. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  8. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/indycar-lands-communications-leader-ntt-as-title-sponsor/2019/01/15/28c78480-18e9-11e9-b8e6-567190c2fd08_story.html
  9. ^ "NTT confirmed as entitlement sponsor of IndyCar Series". RACER. 2019-01-15. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  10. ^ Malsher, David (October 20, 2017). "Verizon to quit as IndyCar title sponsor, remain with Penske". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  11. ^ https://racer.com/2019/02/06/firestone-extends-as-indycars-sole-tire-supplier-through-2025/
  12. ^ a b "Foyt confirms ABC Supply, Kanaan, Leist to remain in 2019". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2018-06-23.
  13. ^ a b "Daly completes all-American Indy 500 lineup for Andretti Autosport". Indycar.com. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  14. ^ "Zach Veach signs with Andretti Autosport through 2020". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  15. ^ "Andretti retains Rossi on multi-year deal". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  16. ^ "Andretti Autosport re-signs Ryan Hunter-Reay, DHL". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  17. ^ "Marco Andretti becomes partner in No. 98 entry". racer.com. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Andretti Autosport - U.S. CONCRETE, MARCO ANDRETTI EXTEND PARTNERSHIP WITH ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT". Andretti Autosport. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  19. ^ Pruett, Marshall (18 January 2018). "Arrow becomes title sponsor at SPM". racer.comk. Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  20. ^ "Schmidt Peterson confirms Wickens to partner Hinchcliffe in IndyCar". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  21. ^ "F1 refugee Ericsson makes IndyCar switch with SPM". www.motorsport.com. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  22. ^ a b "Carlin confirms Chilton, part time for Kimball". racer.com. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  23. ^ Malsher, David (February 11, 2019). "O'Ward on dumping IndyCar ride: "I have done what I had to do"". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  24. ^ "RC Enerson". indycar.com. IndyCar. February 11, 2019. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  25. ^ "Dixon to stay with Ganassi for 2019". RACER. 2018-08-13. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  26. ^ Fair, Asher. "IndyCar: Scott Dixon to drive the #9 Honda, not the #1 Honda, in 2019". Beyond the Flag. FanSided Inc. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  27. ^ a b "Ganassi signs Rosenqvist for 2019, extends deal with NTT Data". IndyCar.com. Brickyard Trademarks, Ltd. September 28, 2018. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  28. ^ "Ferrucci set for full-time Coyne seat in 2019". Racer. 2018-10-01. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  29. ^ "Ferrucci's full-time Coyne ride confirmed". RACER. 2018-11-20. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  30. ^ "IndyCar's Sebastien Bourdais back with Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser and Sullivan for 2019". Autoweek. 2018-09-14. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  31. ^ Fair, Asher (December 17, 2018). "Ben Hanley to drive for DragonSpeed in the 2019 season". beyondtheflag.com. Beyond The Flag. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  32. ^ Pruett, Marshall (December 17, 2018). "DragonSpeed confirms IndyCar plans". racer.com. Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  33. ^ "Pigot returnig to ECR in 2019".
  34. ^ "Pigot returns to ECR for 2019". racer.com. 13 September 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  35. ^ "Scuderia Corsa commits to 2019 Indy 500". racer.com. 31 May 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  36. ^ "ED JONES, SCUDERIA CORSA JOIN ED CARPENTER RACING FOR 2019 INDYCAR SERIES SEASON". Ed Carpenter Racing. 2018-10-17. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  37. ^ "ECR/Scuderia Corsa partnership a win-win - Carpenter". racer.com. 18 October 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  38. ^ Miller, Robin (2018-12-06). "Honda to power Harding Steinbrenner in 2019". Racer.com. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  39. ^ a b Malsher, David (February 11, 2019). "O'Ward splits from Harding Steinbrenner Racing". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  40. ^ "Juncos to run two IndyCars in 2019". Motorsport.com. 2018-08-28. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  41. ^ "NFP Partners with Juncos Racing for INDYCAR Classic in Austin TX at Circuit Of The Americas". Juncos Racing. 2019-02-11. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  42. ^ a b Okulski, Travis (November 27, 2018). "Fernando Alonso Will Drive in the 2019 Daytona 24 and Indy 500 with GM Power". roadandtrack.com. Road & Track. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  43. ^ "Alonso and McLaren returning to Indy in 2019". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  44. ^ a b "Meyer Shank Racing aims for 10 IndyCar races in 2019". racer.com. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  45. ^ "Rahal inches closer to three full-time cars in 2019". racer.com. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  46. ^ Errington, Tom. "Takuma Sato gets new Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar deal". Autosport.com. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  47. ^ "King to make Indy 500 debut with RLL". RACER. 2018-11-14. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  48. ^ "Dixon to McLaren? The 2019 IndyCar silly season is ramping up". racer.com. 21 June 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  49. ^ "Cindric: Helio will get another shot at fourth Indy win with Penske". RACER. 2018-05-27. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  50. ^ "Penske confirms Pagenaud, Power; Rosenqvist to Ganassi?". racer.com. 19 August 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  51. ^ "Schmidt building for the long term with Wickens". racer.com. 7 June 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  52. ^ Malsher, Tom Errington, David. "Hinchcliffe hopes new SPM team-mate has driving style like Wickens'". Autosport.com. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  53. ^ "Marcus Ericsson Joins SPM for 2019 Season". spmindycar.com. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  54. ^ Miller, Robin (September 19, 2018). "New Harding Steinbrenner Racing team signs O'Ward, Herta for 2019". Racer.com. Racer Media and Marketing, Inc. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  55. ^ "Ed Carpenter Racing, Scuderia Corsa Racing join forces to field Jones". IndyCar.com. IndyCar. October 17, 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  56. ^ "Harding Steinbrenner Racing joins Honda family for 2019 INDYCAR season". indycar.com. IndyCar Series. December 6, 2018. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  57. ^ "DragonSpeed confirms IndyCar plans". racer.com. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  58. ^ "ECR confirms Scuderia Corsa IndyCar partnership, Jones". Racer.com. Racer Media and Marketing, Inc. October 17, 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  59. ^ Malsher, David (October 30, 2018). "Sauber F1 driver Marcus Ericsson gets 2019 Schmidt IndyCar seat". Autosport. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  60. ^ Americas, Circuit of The (27 January 2019). "IndyCar Classic March 22-24, 2019". Circuit of The Americas. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  61. ^ "COTA to join 17-race 2019 IndyCar schedule". racer.com. 4 September 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  62. ^ "Toyota ends 44-year title sponsorship of Long Beach GP". racer.com. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  63. ^ https://racer.com/2019/01/31/gainbridge-financial-services-to-be-presenting-sponsor-of-indy-500/
  64. ^ "REV Group Gains Naming Rights for Road America Race • The Apex". The Apex. 2019-01-16. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  65. ^ Malsher, David (June 22, 2018). "Phoenix removed from IndyCar schedule for 2019". motorsport.com. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  66. ^ "INDYCAR, Road America announce three-year race extension". IndyCar.com. June 24, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  67. ^ "WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to host 2019 INDYCAR season finale". IndyCar.com. July 17, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  68. ^ Lerseth, Michael (July 13, 2018). "IndyCar swapping Sonoma Raceway for Laguna Seca in 2019". SFGate. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  69. ^ "Iowa Speedway race returning to nighttime on 2019 INDYCAR schedule". IndyCar.com. July 30, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  70. ^ KIVAK, BY REBECCA. "IndyCar Series to return to Pocono in 2019". www.thetimes-tribune.com. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  71. ^ Miller, Robin (August 16, 2018). "'A lot of moving pieces' to IndyCar's 2019 schedule puzzle". racer.com. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  72. ^ https://www.mystatesman.com/sports/motor-sports/indycar-race-lands-austin-cota-next-march/OgaS31gUvUEmEQXabbLyzO/
  73. ^ "2017 IndyCar Series rulebook" (pdf). Verizon IndyCar Series. p. 149. Retrieved 4 June 2017.[permanent dead link]

External links[edit]