The highly successful Road to Indy program will continue once again in 2019 despite the loss of key backers Mazda. The scheme will award increased prize money to the 2019 Indy Lights champion to help them secure an IndyCar seat.
2018 Verizon IndyCar Series
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The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series enters its twenty-third season and the ninety-seventh season of American open wheel racing.
2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Calendar
11 March: Firestone GP of St. Petersburg [Street]
7 April: Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix GP [Oval]
15 April: Toyota GP of Long Beach [Street]
22 April: Honda Indy GP of Alabama [Road]
12 May: IndyCar GP [Road]
27 May: 102nd Indianapolis 500
2 June: Chevrolet Detroit GP [Street]
3 June: Chevrolet Detroit GP [Street]
9 June: Texas Indy 600 [Oval]
24 June: Kohler GP [Road]
8 June: Iowa Corn 300 [Oval]
15 June: Honda Indy Toronto [Street]
29 June: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio [Road]
19 August: ABC Supply 500 [Oval]
25 August: Bommarito Automotive Group 500 [Oval]
2 September: GP of Portland [Road]
16 September: GP of Sonoma [Road]
Marco Andretti has today announced that he has become an investor of the No. 98 Andretti Herta team that he drives for in the IndyCar Series. The American stated he was “proud to invest back into the team”.
Robert Wickens has confirmed that he is a paraplegic following his accident at Pocono Raceway in August. The Verizon IndyCar Series driver has stated that he is a long way off being able to walk unassisted.
Ed Jones has secured a part-time drive in the 2019 IndyCar season after Ed Carpenter Racing announced a deal between themselves and Scuderia Corsa. Jones will drive on the road courses and street circuits.
Oriol Servia has admitted that he is searching for a new ride for next year’s Indianapolis 500 after it became apparent that he is set to lose his seat with Scuderia Corsa. The team is expected to announce a partnership with Ed Carpenter Racing this week.
Despite showing flashes of great speed throughout his debut season of IndyCar racing, Jordan King has been dropped by Ed Carpenter Racing for 2019. The British driver has said that he is now pursuing opportunities with other teams for next year, potentially not in IndyCar.
Santino Ferrucci is set to be signed by Dale Coyne Racing for a full-time IndyCar seat in 2019. According to reports from RACER, Ferrucci will join Sebastien Bourdais for every race next season.
Chip Ganassi Racing has today announced that they have signed Felix Rosenqvist to partner Scott Dixon in their 2019 IndyCar Series line-up. The Swedish driver, who has tested with the team previously, will replace Ed Jones.
Season Review: 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series – Dixon makes a bid for the history books with his fifth title
After a season of intense on-track action once again, the Verizon IndyCar Series has concluded for the year, with Scott Dixon emerging as the champion for the fifth time. Here, TCF takes you through the key points of the year that ultimately went on to decide the championship.
Patricio O’Ward and Colton Herta will race full-time in 2019 IndyCar Series after being signed by the newly formed Harding Steinbrenner Racing; a merger between Harding Racing and Indy Lights team Steinbrenner Racing.
Verizon IndyCar Series debutant, Patricio O’Ward, put in an incredible performance through the 2018 Grand Prix of Sonoma race weekend. The Mexican Indy Lights graduate took Harding Racing to their first “Fast Six” qualifying appearance before going on to finish ninth in the race.
Andretti Autosport’s Verizon IndyCar Series driver, Ryan Hunter-Reay, had arguably his greatest race weekend performance in last Sunday’s 2018 season finale at Sonoma Raceway. The American was quickest in practice and in all three qualifying sessions before going on to win the race with the most laps led.
Alexander Rossi finished seventh in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Sonoma after a lap one mistake put him almost a lap down on the field. However, the impressive comeback was not enough to see him steal the championship from Scott Dixon.
Scott Dixon has become a five-time IndyCar champion after finishing second in Sunday’s 2018 season finale at Sonoma Raceway. The New Zealander thanked his Chip Ganassi Racing squad post-race, saying that he could not believe what had happened.
Ryan Hunter-Reay took victory in the final race of the 2018 IndyCar season at Sonoma Raceway. The American led every lap of the race from pole position, whilst Scott Dixon came home in second place and took advantage of a lap one incident for Alexander Rossi to secure his fifth championship.