2020 IndyCar Series

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2020 IndyCar season
NTT IndyCar Series
Season
Races17
Start dateMarch 15
End dateSeptember 20
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Josef Newgarden is the reigning IndyCar Series Drivers' Champion.

The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series will be the 25th season of the IndyCar Series and the 99th official championship season of American open wheel racing. The premier event will be the 2020 Indianapolis 500. Josef Newgarden will enter the season as the defending National Champion. Honda will enter as the defending Manufacturers' Cup champion for the second consecutive season. It will be the first year of the Penske management after they took over in late 2019.

Series news[edit]

  • On May 24, 2019, it was announced that IndyCar Series will schedule to introduce cockpit protection that combining aeroscreen and halo from 2020 season onwards. The cockpit protection will be built by Red Bull Advanced Technologies in a collaborative effort with Dallara. The combination of aeroscreen and halo is designed to improve safety standards by deflecting debris away from a driver's head and was originally developed for use in Formula One and IndyCar before its application was expanded to other open-wheel championships.[1]
  • On November 3, 2019, it was announced the Team Penske owner Roger Penske had purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar as a racing league. Penske also announced he will step down as full-time race strategist.[2] On January 6, 2020, IndyCar announced the transactions were formally complete. Penske officially becomes just the fourth owner in Indianapolis Motor Speedway's history and marks the first time since 1945 where ownership of the Speedway has changed hands.[3]

Contracted teams and drivers[edit]

The following teams and drivers have been announced to compete in the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season. All teams use a spec Dallara IR18 chassis and Firestone tires.

Team Engine No. Driver(s) Round(s)
A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 4 TBA All
14 TBA All
Andretti Autosport Honda 26 United States Zach Veach[4] All
27 United States Alexander Rossi[5] All
28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay[6] All
Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport 88 United States Colton Herta[7] All
Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian 98 United States Marco Andretti[8] All
Arrow McLaren SP[9] Chevrolet 5 Mexico Patricio O'Ward[10] All
7 United States Oliver Askew[10]  R  All
TBA TBA 6
Carlin Chevrolet TBA TBA All
TBA TBA All
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 8 Sweden Marcus Ericsson[11] All
9 New Zealand Scott Dixon[12] All
10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist[11] All
Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh Honda TBA Spain Álex Palou[13]  R  All
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan TBA TBA All
DragonSpeed[14] Chevrolet 81 United Kingdom Ben Hanley[15]  R  1
TBA 3, 6, 9, 14, 17
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing[16] Chevrolet 24 United States Sage Karam[17] 1, 5–6, 12
Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 20 United States Ed Carpenter 6, 9, 11, 13, 15
United States Conor Daly[18] 1–5, 7–8, 10, 12, 14, 16–17
TBA 6
21 Netherlands Rinus VeeKay[19]  R  All
Meyer Shank Racing[20] Honda 60 United Kingdom Jack Harvey All
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing[21] Honda 15 United States Graham Rahal[22] All
30 Japan Takuma Sato[23] All
Team Penske Chevrolet 1 United States Josef Newgarden[24] All
3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves[25] 6
12 Australia Will Power[26] All
22 France Simon Pagenaud[27] All

Team changes[edit]

Driver changes[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The 2020 schedule was announced on September 1, 2019; there was one change from the 2019 IndyCar Series calendar with Pocono Raceway being replaced by Richmond Raceway, the latter track returning to the series for the first time since 2009. All start times listed are Eastern Standard Time. All races are covered on the radio by the IndyCar Radio Network[44]

Rd. Date Race Name Track City Time Network
1 March 15 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg  R  Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
2 April 5 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama  R  Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama 4:15 p.m.
3 April 19 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach  R  Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California 4:45 p.m.
4 April 26 AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge[45]  R  Circuit of the Americas Austin, Texas 4:10 p.m.
5 May 9 GMR Grand Prix  R  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course Speedway, Indiana 3:50 p.m. NBC
6 May 24 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge  O  Indianapolis Motor Speedway 12:30 p.m.
7 May 30 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear Corporation  R  The Raceway on Belle Isle Detroit, Michigan 3:50 p.m.
8 May 31 3:50 p.m.
9 June 6 Texas Indy 600  O  Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas 8:45 p.m. NBCSN
10 June 21 REV Group Grand Prix at Road America  R  Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin 12:50 p.m. NBC
11 June 27 Indy Richmond 300  O  Richmond Raceway Richmond, Virginia 8:15 p.m. NBCSN
12 July 12 Honda Indy Toronto[46]  R  Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario 3:40 p.m.
13 July 18 Iowa 300  O  Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa 9:00 p.m.
14 August 16 Honda Indy 200  R  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio 12:45 p.m. NBC
15 August 22 Bommarito Automotive Group 500  O  World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway Madison, Illinois 8:45 p.m. NBCSN
16 September 6 Grand Prix of Portland  R  Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon 3:40 p.m. NBC
17 September 20 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey  R  WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California 3:25 p.m.
O Short Oval/Superspeedway
R Road Course/street circuit

See also[edit]

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