2018 Verizon IndyCar Series
North America’s top open wheel single-seater series and the home of the Indianapolis 500.
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*As at 21 January 2018*
2018 Verizon IndyCar Series
|11 Mar||Firestone Grand Prix of St Pete||Albert Whitted Airport||St Petersburg, Florida|
|7 Apr||Phoenix Grand Prix||ISM Raceway||Avondale, Arizona|
|15 Apr||Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach||Long Beach||Long Beach, California|
|22 Apr||Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama||Barber Motorsports Park||Birmingham, Alabama|
|12 May||INDYCAR Grand Prix||Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road)||Speedway, Indiana|
|19 May||Bump Day Qualifying||Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Oval)||Speedway, Indiana|
|20 May||Pole Day Qualifying||Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Oval)||Speedway, Indiana|
|27 May||102nd Indianapolis 500||Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Oval)||Speedway, Indiana|
|2 Jun||Chevrolet Dual in Detroit 1||Belle Isle Park||Detroit, Michigan|
|3 Jun||Chevrolet Dual in Detroit 2||Belle Isle Park||Detroit, Michigan|
|9 Jun||Texas Indy 600||Texas Motor Speedway||Fort Worth, Texas|
|24 Jun||KOHLER Grand Prix||Road America||Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin|
|8 Jul||Iowa Corn 300||Iowa Speedway||Newton, Iowa|
|15 Jul||Honda Indy Toronto||Exhibition Place||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|29 Jul||Honda Indy 200||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||Lexington, Ohio|
|19 Aug||ABC Supply 500||Pocono Raceway||Long Pond, Pennsylvania|
|25 Aug||Bommarito Automotive Group 500||Gateway Motorsports Park||Madison, Illinois|
|2 Sep||Portland International Raceway||Portland International Raceway||Portland, Oregon|
|16 Sep||Grand Prix of Sonoma||Sonoma Raceway||Sonoma, California|
- Radically different aerodynamic package compared to last year.
- Portland makes a return for the first time since 2007.
- Watkins Glen loses out.
The biggest change in the series is the new car. The Honda vs Chevy “aero kit” era is over. Everybody now runs a spec aero kit, just as they did when the DW12 was introduced, the difference now is the design is very different. Clean lines, less over-body downforce, more under-body downforce but generally much less downforce and drag in total.
The cars should be slipperier, faster in a straight line, with longer braking zones. This is exactly what I and others have been calling for in racing for years. I cannot wait to find out how they race – and whether or not we were wrong!
IndyCar in 2018 is going to be a series to watch, now more than ever.
In terms of race dates, there is one change of venue for the year,.Watkins Glen sadly disappears again – a crying shame for one of the best courses in the world let alone the US – but in return we have the reappearance of Portland International Raceway after a decade away.
And it has been 20 years (21 by the time we reach this year’s event) since the closest finish in CART Indycar history at the time, which was at Portland, with Mark Blundell and Gil de Ferran battling for the lead.
There is one other change. Phoenix moves three weeks earlier to become round 2, a week before Long Beach. Logistically this is more sensible – last year they had to go from California to Alabama to Arizona. It makes much more sense to stop in Arizona on the way to California.
If you are familiar with the chopped and changed schedules in IndyCar racing over the last 15 years you’ll know it has been quite an achievement to get date equity for consecutive years!
Support Series – Mazda Road To Indy
There are three series on the Mazda Road to Indy:
- Firestone Indy Lights
- Pro Mazda
- Cooper USF2000
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