2019 NTT IndyCar Series season preview and entry list

  • NTT IndyCar Series 2019 season preview

The 2019 IndyCar Series would be the 98th season of the North American open-wheel championship and the 24th season under the IndyCar name. After many years with Verizon as naming partner, the 2019 season gets Japanese company NTT as a new naming sponsor.

The 2019 schedule features 17 races, the same number as in 2018, with five races at ovals, five at street circuits and seven at road courses. On the list of ovals, there is no more ISM Raceway.

The IndyCar Classic at the Circuit of the Americas is the completely new race while Laguna Seca is replacing Sonoma Raceway as a venue of season’s finale. The open-wheelers are returning to Laguna Seca for the first time since 2004 Champ Car season.

2019 IndyCar Series calendar

RoundDateRace nameTrackLocation
1March 10Firestone Grand Prix of St. PeterssburgStreets of St.PetersburgSt.Petersburg, Florida
2March 24IndyCar ClassicCircuit of the AmericasAustin, Texas
3April 7Honda Indy Grand Prix of AlabamaBarber Motorsports ParkLeeds, Alabama
4April14Grand Prix of Long BeachStreets of Long BeachLong Beach, California
5May 11IndyCar Grand PrixIndianapolis Motor Speedway road courseSpeedway, Indiana
6May 26103rd Indianapolis 500Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana
7June 1Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race 1Belle Isle ParkDetroit, Michigan
8June 2 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race 2Belle Isle ParkDetroit, Michigan
9June 8DXC Technology 600Texas Motor SpeedwayFort Worth, Texas
10June 23Kohler Grand PrixRoad AmericaElkhart Lake, Wisconsin
11July 14Honda Indy TorontoExhibition PlaceToronto, Ontario
12July 20Iowa 300Iowa SpeedwayNewton, Iowa
13July 28Honda Indy 200 at Mid-OhioMid-Ohio Sports Car CourseLexington, Ohio
14August 18ABC Supply 500Pocono RacewayLong Pond, Pennsylvania
15August 25Bommarito Automotive Group 500Gateway Motorsports ParkMadison, Illinois
16September 16Grand Prix of PortlandPortland International RacewayPortland, Oregon
17September 22Firestone Grand Prix of MontereyWeatherTech Raceway Laguna SecaMonterey, California
Scott Dixon

The season 2019 would be Scott Dixon’s 17th season with Chip Ganassi Racing

On the list of drivers, the same old names would fill the grid with some exciting newcomers among rookies. Scott Dixon is the defending champion but he will not drive the #1 car, retaining the number 9 on Chip Ganassi Racing’s Honda. Dixon’s teammate in the #10 CGR Honda will be Swedish driver Felix Rosenqvist who most recently raced successfully in the Formula E and Japanese Super GT Series.

Andretti Autosport will have four full-time entries on the grid with the same drivers (Zach Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti), similar to Team Penske which would have three full-time drivers (Josef Newgarden, Will Power, Simon Pagenaud). Both teams will run additional cars at Indianapolis for Conor Daly and Helio Castroneves.

Felix Rosenqvist and Marcus Ericsson - two Swedish rookies at 2019 IndyCar Series grid

Felix Rosenqvist and Marcus Ericsson – two Swedish rookies at 2019 IndyCar Series grid

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, AJ Foyt Enterprises, RLL Racing, Carlin and Ed Carpenter Racing also retained drivers from the previous season, with some additions to their line-ups. Due to Robert Wickens’ uncertain comeback after his horrific crash at Pocono last year, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports leaves the door opened for him but also signed former Formula 1 driver Marcus Ericsson as a teammate to James Hinchcliffe. SPM will also run a car with Meyer Shank Racing in ten rounds for Jack Harvey.

AJ Foyt will have Brazilian pair of Tony Kanaan and Matheus Leist in his team again. Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato stayed with RLL Racing for the full season while Jordan King will join the team at Indianapolis 500. Ed Carpenter Racing announced a similar schedule as before, with Spencer Pigot as a full-time driver and team owner Ed Carpenter sharing the second car with Ed Jones.

IndyCar Series preview

The 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 would be the sixth round of 2019 IndyCar season

Carlin will run two cars for Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball but Kimball will share the #23 Chevrolet with rookie RC Enerson. Two full-time rookies are Colton Herta in the #88 Honda of Harding-Steinbrenner Racing and Santino Ferrucci in the #19 Honda of Dale Coyne Racing. The Briton Ben Hanley will also drive for the Rookie of the Year award in five rounds with DragonSpeed’s #81 Chevrolet.

Two interesting entries for Indianapolis 500 only are Pippa Mann and Fernando Alonso. The only female racer will drive the #39 Chevrolet for Clauson-Marshall Racing. The Spanish racing legend will chase the Triple Crown in the #66 Chevrolet of McLaren Racing.

Pippa Mann 2019 Indianapolis 500

Pippa Mann would be the only female racer at 2019 Indianapolis 500

2019 IndyCar Series entry list

TeamEngineCar numberDrivers
Team PenskeChevrolet2Josef Newgarden
Team PenskeChevrolet3Helio Castroneves (Indianapolis)
Team PenskeChevrolet12Will Power
Team PenskeChevrolet22Simon Pagenaud
A.J. Foyt EnterprisesChevrolet4Matheus Leist
A.J. Foyt EnterprisesChevrolet14Tony Kanaan
Arrow Schmidt Peterson MotorsportsHonda5James Hinchcliffe
Arrow Schmidt Peterson MotorsportsHonda6Robert Wickens
Arrow Schmidt Peterson MotorsportsHonda7Marcus Ericsson
Meyer Shank Racing with Schmidt Peterson MotorsportsHonda60Jack Harvey
Chip Ganassi RacingHonda9Scott Dixon
Chip Ganassi RacingHonda10Felix Rosenqvist
Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda15Graham Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda30Takuma Sato
Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda42Jordan King (Indy 500)
Dale Coyne RacingHonda18Sebastien Bourdais
Dale Coyne RacingHonda19Santino Ferrucci
Clauson-Marshall RacingChevrolet39Pippa Mann (Indy 500)
Ed Carpenter RacingChevrolet20Ed Carpenter, Ed Jones
Ed Carpenter RacingChevrolet21Spencer Pigot
CarlinChevrolet23Charlie Kimball, RC Enerson
CarlinChevrolet59Max Chilton
Dreyer & Reinbold RacingChevrolet24Sage Karam (Indy 500)
Andretti AutosportHonda25Conor Daly (Indy 500)
Andretti AutosportHonda26Zach Veach
Andretti AutosportHonda27Alexander Rossi
Andretti AutosportHonda28Ryan Hunter-Reay
Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb AgajanianHonda98Marco Andretti
Juncos RacingChevrolet32Kyle Kaiser (COTA)
McLaren RacingChevrolet66Fernando Alonso (Indy 500)
DragonSpeedChevrolet81Ben Hanley
Harding Steinbrenner RacingHonda88Gabby Chaves

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