The 2019 Verizon IndyCar Series is the 24th season of the Verizon IndyCar Series and the 98th official championship season of American open wheel racing. Josef Newgarden entered the season as the defending IndyCar champion, while JR Hildebrand entered the season as the defending Indianapolis 500 winner.
Drivers and Teams
AJ Foyt Enterprises
RC Enerson (R)
Nico Jamin (R)
Andretti Steinbrenner Racing
Colton Herta (R)
Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport
Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb Agajanian
Matheus Leist (R)
Chip Ganassi Racing
Dale Coyne Racing
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Ed Carpenter Racing
Pastor Maldonado (R)
1-2, 4-5, 7
3, 6, 8, 11, 13, 16-17
9-10, 12, 14-15, 18-19
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Aaron Telitz (R)
Hank Steinbrenner moved up with Colton Herta as a co owner of Andretti Steinbrenner Racing.
Michael Shank Racing returned to the Indy 500 with Matthew Brabham after a year's hiatus. Shank yet again teamed up with Andretti Autosport.
Carlin finally made the move up from Indy Lights to the IndyCar Series. Carlin ran two cars for two former drivers, 2017 Freedom 100 winner Matheus Leist and Jack Harvey in the Indy 500, with intentions to become full time in 2020.
McLaren branched away from Andretti Autosport to field an independent entry for the Indy 500.
RC Enerson impressed AJ Foyt in the 2017 Indy 500 enough to encourage Foyt to move him into a full time role.
Charlie Kimball was snatched up by AJ Foyt to drive the Indy 500 only as Kimball searches for a full time ride in 2020.
Mazda Road to Indy veteran Nico Jamin was signed by Andretti Autosport to drive in the 500 mile race.
Ed Jones was signed by Chip Ganassi Racing to replace the retiring Tony Kanaan.
Takuma Sato was cast out by Andretti Autosport in favor of incoming Indy Lights champion Colton Herta. Sato sought refuge in a Dale Coyne car replacing the retiring Sebastien Bourdais.
Esteban Gutierrez was given a full time seat at Dale Coyne Racing after two years of running a partial schedule for Coyne.
James Davison was given the Indy only ride for Dale Coyne Racing.
Ryan Briscoe returned to the IndyCar scene for the Indianapolis 500 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.
F1 grand prix winner Pastor Maldonado made his first IndyCar start being the road course only driver for Ed Carpenter Racing, with intentions to run the Indianapolis 500.
Tristan Vautier was given a full time ride at Juncos Racing.
McLaren brought in Stefan Wilson for the Indianapolis 500, who impressed during the previous year's 500 mile race.
Conor Daly was put in the second car at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Helio Castroneves reduced his schedule to Indy only as he continues to seek that elusive 4th Indy 500 victory.
Zach Veach was called upon to drive the road course only portion in the 20 car for the rest of the season after Pastor Maldonado injured his arm in a terrifying roll at the IndyCar GP.
Veach was originally set to drive the Indy 500 in a third Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry, but ran into sponsorship trouble right before the month of May. Aaron Telitz was signed on by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to drive the car at Indianapolis and Veach replaced an injured Maldonado in the third Ed Carpenter Racing.