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

Team Engine No. Driver(s) Round(s)
AJ Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 14 Carlos Munoz All
40 RC Enerson (R) All
41 Charlie Kimball 8
Andretti Autosport Honda 27 Marco Andretti All
28 Ryan Hunter-Reay All
29 Nico Jamin (R) 8
Andretti Steinbrenner Racing 26 Colton Herta (R) All
Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport 50 Matthew Brabham 8
Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb Agajanian 98 Alexander Rossi All
Carlin Chevrolet 4 Matheus Leist (R) 8
42 Jack Harvey 8
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 8 Max Chilton All
9 Scott Dixon All
10 Ed Jones All
38 Spencer Pigot All
Dale Coyne Racing Honda 18 Takuma Sato All
19 Esteban Gutierrez All
34 James Davison 8
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet 24 Ryan Briscoe 8
Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 6 Zach Veach 8
20 Pastor Maldonado (R) 1-2, 4-5, 7
Ed Carpenter 3, 6, 8, 11, 13, 16-17
Zach Veach 9-10, 12, 14-15, 18-19
21 JR Hildebrand All
Harding Racing Chevrolet 88 Gabby Chaves All
Juncos Racing Chevrolet 11 Kyle Kaiser All
31 Tristan Vautier All
McLaren Honda 25 Stefan Wilson 8
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 15 Graham Rahal All
16 Conor Daly All
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 5 James Hinchcliffe All
7 Sage Karam All
77 Aaron Telitz (R) 8
Team Penske Chevrolet 1 Josef Newgarden All
3 Helio Castroneves 7-8
12 Will Power All
22 Simon Pagenaud All

Team Changes

  • 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.

Driver Changes

  • 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.

Season Summary

Race results

Rd. Race Race Winner
Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Shanghai Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet
2 St. Petersburg Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda
3 Puebla Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet
4 Long Beach Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
5 Birmingham Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
6 Phoenix Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet
7 Indianapolis GP Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet
8 Indianapolis 500 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
9 Detroit 1 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
10 Detroit 2 James Hinchclife Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
11 Texas Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Autosport Honda
12 Road America Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet
13 Iowa Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Autosport Honda
14 Toronto Spencer Pigot Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
15 Mid-Ohio Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
16 Pocono Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda
17 Gateway Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet
18 Watkins Glen Colton Herta Andretti Steinbrenner Racing Honda
19 Sonoma Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Driver Standings

Pos Driver
1 Graham Rahal
2 Josef Newgarden
3 Will Power
4 Simon Pagenaud
5 Alexander Rossi
6 Scott Dixon
7 James Hinchcliffe
8 Ed Jones
9 Colton Herta (RY)
10 Spencer Pigot
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay
12 Takuma Sato
13 JR Hildebrand
14 Marco Andretti
15 Sage Karam
16 Conor Daly
17 Carlos Munoz
18 Max Chilton
19 RC Enerson (R)
20 Gabby Chaves
21 Tristan Vautier
22 Esteban Gutierrez
23 Kyle Kaiser
24 Ed Carpenter
25 Zach Veach
26 Pastor Maldonado (R)
27 Helio Castroneves
28 James Davison
29 Ryan Briscoe
30 Aaron Telitz (R)
31 Matthew Brabham
32 Matheus Leist (R)
33 Stefan Wilson
34 Charlie Kimball
35 Nico Jamin (R)
--- Jack Harvey

Manufacturer Standings

Pos Manufacturer
1 Honda
2 Chevrolet

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