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2018 IndyCar Series

The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series was the 23rd season of the Verizon IndyCar Series and the 97th official championship season of American open wheel racing. The premier event is the 102nd Indianapolis 500, with Takuma Sato entering as the defending Indianapolis 500 winner. Josef Newgarden entered the season as the defending National Champion.

2018 IndyCar season
Verizon IndyCar Series
Season
Races17
Start dateMarch 11
End dateSeptember 16
Awards
Drivers' championNew Zealand Scott Dixon
Manufacturers' CupJapan Honda
Rookie of the YearCanada Robert Wickens
Indianapolis 500 winnerAustralia Will Power
Discipline champions
Oval championAustralia Will Power
Road course championNew Zealand Scott Dixon
← 2017
2019 →
Scott Dixon (left) won his fifth Drivers' Championship while Alexander Rossi (right) finished second in the championship.

The season marked the debut of a new universal aerokit, replacing the manufacturer-designed kits used from 2015–2017.

It was the final season for Verizon Communications as the series sponsor as well as being the final season that the series was broadcast by both ABC and NBC Sports. A new series sponsor will be introduced and NBC will be the sole broadcaster for the series beginning in the 2019 season.

Honda won the engine manufacturer's championship for the first time since 2011. Robert Wickens won Rookie of the Year despite missing the final three races after a crash at the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono. Will Power won the 102nd Indianapolis 500. Scott Dixon won his fifth IndyCar title, and is now second to A.J. Foyt's all-time record for United States open wheel titles. Dixon won three races over the course of the season.

Series newsEdit

  • On October 20, 2017, Verizon Communications announced that it would exit its title sponsorship deal for the series after the 2018 season. This will not affect its vehicle sponsorship with Team Penske.[1]
  • PFC became the IndyCar Series' brake caliper supplier beginning in the 2018 season.[2]
  • Kyle Novak was confirmed as Race Director on January 5, replacing Brian Barnhart, who left to become president of Harding Racing. The three-man stewarding panel of Dan Davis, Arie Luyendyk and Max Papis, introduced when Barnhart was first named Race Director, will remain intact.[3]
  • On March 21, 2018, NBC Sports (which serves as the existing cable rightsholder of the series through NBCSN) announced that it would become the sole television rightsholder of the IndyCar Series from 2019 through 2021, replacing the previous split between ABC and NBCSN. Eight races per-season will air on NBC, including the Indianapolis 500.[4][5][6]

Technical changesEdit

  • All IndyCar Series machines will feature an all-new universal bodywork, inspired by CART's 1990s and 2000s bodywork, but still keep the Dallara DW12 chassis base. This new chassis configuration is dubbed the IR18, and will be used until at least 2022. For the first time since the 1996 Indy Racing League and 2007 Champ Car seasons respectively, cars will have a roll hoop without an airbox.[7][8]
  • All IndyCar Series entrants will begin utilizing F1-style LCD steering wheel display dashes, a new Cosworth CCW Mk2 steering wheel with a configurable display unit, and new electronic components.[9] The current Cosworth-Pi Research Sigma Wheel Display dash had been used since the 2000 season will be retired permanently, but several teams will opt to keep the old Cosworth Sigma Wheel Display dash for one more season due to cost reasons.
  • Due to the reduced amount of downforce produced by the 2018 spec aerokits, Firestone introduced new rain tires to improve grip in wet conditions for road/street races.[10]
  • In the next step to increase driver safety through cockpit protection, IndyCar announced that Scott Dixon would test a windscreen, a possible alternative to the 'halo' device used by Formula One, at ISM Raceway on February 8.[11]

EntriesEdit

The following teams and drivers are confirmed to compete in the 2018 IndyCar Series season. All teams use a spec Dallara IR18 chassis and Firestone tires.

Team Engine No. Driver(s) Round(s)
A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 4   Matheus Leist[12]  R  All
14   Tony Kanaan[13] All
Foyt with Byrd / Hollinger / Belardi 33   James Davison[14]  R [N 1] 6
Andretti Autosport Honda[15] 25   Stefan Wilson[16]  R [N 2] 6
26   Zach Veach[17]  R  All
27   Alexander Rossi[18] All
28   Ryan Hunter-Reay[19] All
29   Carlos Muñoz[20] 6
Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian 98   Marco Andretti[18] All
Carlin Chevrolet 23   Charlie Kimball[21] All
59   Max Chilton[21] All
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 9   Scott Dixon[22] All
10   Ed Jones[23] All
Dale Coyne Racing Honda 19   Zachary Claman DeMelo[24]  R  1, 3–6, 9–12
  Pietro Fittipaldi[24]  R  2, 13–17
  Santino Ferrucci[25]  R  7–8
39 16–17
63   Pippa Mann[26] 6
Dale Coyne Racing dba Thom Burns Racing 17   Conor Daly[27] 6
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan 18   Sébastien Bourdais[28] All
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet[29] 24   Sage Karam[30] 6
66   J. R. Hildebrand[31] 6
Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 13   Danica Patrick[32][33] 6
20   Jordan King[34]  R  1, 3–5, 7–8, 10, 12–13, 16–17
  Ed Carpenter 2, 6, 9, 11, 14–15
21   Spencer Pigot[35] All
Harding Racing Chevrolet 8   Patricio O'Ward[36]  R  17
88   Gabby Chaves[37] 1–11, 15–16
  Conor Daly[38] 12–14
  Colton Herta[36]  R  17
Juncos Racing Chevrolet 32   René Binder[39][40]  R  1, 4, 7–8, 12–13
  Kyle Kaiser[41]  R  2–3, 5–6
  Alfonso Celis Jr.[42]  R  10, 16
Michael Shank Racing with Schmidt Peterson Honda 60   Jack Harvey[43]  R  1
Meyer Shank Racing with Schmidt Peterson 3, 6, 13, 16–17
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 15   Graham Rahal[44] All
30   Takuma Sato[45] All
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda[46] 5   James Hinchcliffe[47] All
6   Robert Wickens[47]  R  1–14
  Carlos Muñoz[48] 16–17
SPM / AFS Racing 7   Jay Howard[49] 6
Scuderia Corsa with RLL Honda 64   Oriol Servià[50] 6
Team Penske Chevrolet[46] 1   Josef Newgarden[51][52] All
3   Hélio Castroneves[53] 5–6
12   Will Power[51] All
22   Simon Pagenaud[51] All
R Rookie

Team changesEdit

Chip Ganassi Racing announced that the team will scale down to a two-car team for the first time since 2010 due to cost efficiency, with Scott Dixon remaining at the No. 9 car.[54] CGR announced on October 25, 2017 that 2017 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year Ed Jones would drive the No. 10 car in 2018, replacing Tony Kanaan.[55]

Team Penske will downsize to three cars, due to Hélio Castroneves moving to Team Penske's WeatherTech SportsCar Championship team from the 2018 season onwards. However, Castroneves will return for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 with Team Penske for a one-off appearance.[56]

Michael Shank Racing will compete in at least six races in the 2018 season with driver Jack Harvey, with a technical partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.[57] The team was renamed Meyer Shank Racing on April 6, 2018 after Sirius XM CEO Jim Meyer joined as a team co-owner.[58]

Carlin will enter the series with two full-time Chevrolet-powered entries for the 2018 season, running ex-Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball.[21]

Harding Racing confirmed a full-time schedule with Gabby Chaves after running part-time in 2017.[37] Brian Barnhart was named President of the team on November 29, leaving his post as President of Race Operations and Race Director of IndyCar.[59] Following the Road America round, Barnhart confirmed rumours that they wish to expand to fielding two cars as early as the latter part of the 2018 season, specifically naming Sonoma. He further confirmed the team was in talks with several drivers including current Indy Lights drivers.[60]

Lazier Partners Racing will not enter the Indianapolis 500 for the first time since 2012 due to crash damage incurred at the 2017 Indianapolis 500 by Buddy Lazier to their only car.

Driver changesEdit

After winning the 2017 Indy Lights championship, Kyle Kaiser will participate in at least four IndyCar events in 2018 with Juncos Racing, including the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Grand Prix.[61][62] On January 5, 2018, Juncos announced Formula V8 3.5 driver René Binder would contest the races in St. Petersburg, Barber, Mid-Ohio, and Toronto, with an entry at Detroit being confirmed later.[40]

After competing at Barber for Ed Carpenter Racing as a replacement for J. R. Hildebrand and at the Indianapolis 500 for A. J. Foyt Enterprises in 2017, Zach Veach will make his full-season début with Andretti Autosport, replacing Takuma Sato.[17]

After competing in road and street courses only for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2017, Spencer Pigot will make his full-season début with the team, replacing J. R. Hildebrand in the No. 21 car.[35] Former Formula 2 driver Jordan King will drive the No. 20 on road and street courses.

2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato left Andretti Autosport after only one season with the team, and will return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for the 2018 season.[45]

Stefan Wilson joins Andretti Autosport to return to the Indianapolis 500 for the first time since 2016.

After spending four seasons with Chip Ganassi Racing, Tony Kanaan will switch to A. J. Foyt Enterprises for the 2018 season.[13]

After six seasons in the German Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, Robert Wickens will make the switch to IndyCar to drive the No. 6 car for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, replacing Mikhail Aleshin. Wickens previously replaced Aleshin in the first practice session at Road America in 2017, but did not get to compete in the race. Wickens suffered severe injuries in a crash at the 2018 ABC Supply 500 and was forced to miss the rest of the season. Due to damage incurred in the crash, the #6 car was withdrawn for the next race at Gateway. On August 29, SPM announced Carlos Muñoz as Wickens' replacement in the #6 car at the Portland and Sonoma rounds. [47]

On November 16, 2017, A. J. Foyt Enterprises announced that Brazilian Indy Lights driver Matheus Leist would drive the No. 4 car in 2018, replacing Conor Daly. Leist will become the youngest IndyCar Series rookie since Marco Andretti in 2006.

After six seasons with Stewart-Haas Racing in NASCAR, Danica Patrick announced intentions to return to the Indianapolis 500 for the first time since 2011.[63] The 2018 Indianapolis 500 will be the last race of Patrick's professional career.[64] She will run a third entry for Ed Carpenter Racing,[32] carrying sponsorship from former long-time partner GoDaddy.[65]

After spending one season with A. J. Foyt Enterprises, Carlos Muñoz rejoins Andretti Autosport for the Indianapolis 500.[20]

On February 6, 2018, 2017 World Series Formula V8 3.5 champion Pietro Fittipaldi was announced to drive the #19 for Dale Coyne Racing in 7 races, including the 2018 Indianapolis 500. The #19 will be driven by Zachary Claman DeMelo, who partook in the 2017 Indy Lights season with Carlin and the 2017 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, in the other 10 events. On May 4, Fittipaldi was injured in a crash while qualifying for the 2018 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. DeMelo took over the #19 for both Indianapolis races and Texas, while Trident Formula 2 driver and Haas F1 test driver Santino Ferrucci was signed for the two Detroit races.

On March 1, 2018 it was confirmed that Nazareth, Pennsylvania native Sage Karam would be returning to race in the 102nd Indianapolis 500 for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. This will be the 3rd straight and 4th total Indianapolis 500 between them. The primary sponsor for Karam's car will be WIX Filters.

On March 6, 2018 it was announced Conor Daly would be driving in the 102nd Indianapolis 500. He would be racing for Thom Burns Racing with Air Force as the primary sponsor.

On March 20, 2018 it was announced Pippa Mann would drive a 4th car for Dale Coyne Racing at the Indianapolis 500, with sponsorship from Donate Life Indiana.[66]

On April 12, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced that J. R. Hildebrand would drive for the team in their second entry into the Indianapolis 500.[31]

On April 13, 2018 it was announced that Jonathan Byrd's Racing, Hollinger MotorSport, and Belardi Auto Racing would work in conjunction with A. J. Foyt Enterprises to field a car for James Davison for the Indianapolis 500.[14]

On May 10, Juncos Racing announced that Alfonso Celis Jr. would make his IndyCar debut with the team at Road America.[42] On August 3, the team announced that Celis would also compete at Portland.[67]

On July 10, Harding Racing announced that Conor Daly would replace Gabby Chaves for round 12 in Toronto. The team also stated that they would experiment with their driver lineup for the remainder of the season in preparation for 2019. They want to test current top three Indy Lights drivers Colton Herta, Santiago Urrutia and Patricio O'Ward, the latter having already received a seat fitting with the team. Nevertheless, Chaves is expected to return to the track in 2018 and remain under contract as the team's driver through 2019.[38] Daly would be confirmed for the Mid-Ohio round on July 24. [68] On September 2, it was announced that 2018 Indy Lights champion Patricio O'Ward and 2018 Indy Lights runner-up Colton Herta would make their IndyCar debuts with Harding at the final round at Sonoma.

ScheduleEdit

Rd. Date Race Name Track City
1 March 11 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg  R  Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida
2 April 7 Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix  O  ISM Raceway Avondale, Arizona
3 April 15 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach  R  Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California
4 April 22/23* Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama  R  Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama
5 May 12 IndyCar Grand Prix  R  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course Speedway, Indiana
6 May 27 102nd Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil  O  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana
7 June 2 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear Corporation  R  Belle Isle Park Detroit, Michigan
8 June 3
9 June 9 DXC Technology 600  O  Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas
10 June 24 Kohler Grand Prix  R  Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
11 July 8 Iowa Corn 300  O  Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa
12 July 15 Honda Indy Toronto  R  Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario, Canada
13 July 29 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio  R  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio
14 August 19 ABC Supply 500  O  Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania
15 August 25 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Presented by Valvoline  O  Gateway Motorsports Park Madison, Illinois
16 September 2 Grand Prix of Portland  R  Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon
17 September 16 Indycar Grand Prix of Sonoma  R  Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, California
O Short Oval/Speedway
R Road Course

Schedule changes and notesEdit

  • On September 26, 2017, Phoenix International Raceway's name was changed to ISM Raceway after a $100 million sponsorship deal with Ingenuity Sun Media, or ISM.
  • Watkins Glen was dropped from the calendar, after only two races since its return in 2016. The round was replaced with a race at Portland International Raceway, after an 11-year absence since Portland's last Champ Car event.
  • The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City was explored as a possible host of a race in August, but the deal was not put together and the race was not put on the calendar.[69]
  • The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was started on April 22 and was stopped due to rain on lap 22. The race was resumed on April 23.

Season summaryEdit

Race resultsEdit

Round Race Pole position Fastest lap Most laps led Race Winners Report
Driver Team Manufacturer
1 St. Petersburg   Robert Wickens   Alexander Rossi   Robert Wickens   Sébastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda Report
2 Phoenix   Sébastien Bourdais   Sébastien Bourdais   Will Power   Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet Report
3 Long Beach   Alexander Rossi   Josef Newgarden   Alexander Rossi   Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda Report
4 Birmingham   Josef Newgarden   Zachary Claman DeMelo   Josef Newgarden   Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet Report
5 Indianapolis GP   Will Power   Scott Dixon   Will Power   Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Report
6 Indianapolis 500   Ed Carpenter   Hélio Castroneves   Ed Carpenter   Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Report
7 Detroit 1   Marco Andretti[N 3]   Ryan Hunter-Reay   Scott Dixon   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Report
8 Detroit 2   Alexander Rossi[N 4]   Ryan Hunter-Reay   Alexander Rossi   Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda
9 Texas   Josef Newgarden   Josef Newgarden   Scott Dixon   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Report
10 Road America   Josef Newgarden   Zach Veach   Josef Newgarden   Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet Report
11 Iowa   Will Power   Will Power   Josef Newgarden   James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Report
12 Toronto   Josef Newgarden   Will Power   Scott Dixon   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Report
13 Mid-Ohio   Alexander Rossi   Scott Dixon   Alexander Rossi   Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda Report
14 Pocono   Will Power   Sébastien Bourdais   Alexander Rossi   Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda Report
15 Gateway   Scott Dixon[N 5]   Will Power   Scott Dixon   Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Report
16 Portland   Will Power   Carlos Muñoz   Alexander Rossi   Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Report
17 Sonoma   Ryan Hunter-Reay   Scott Dixon   Ryan Hunter-Reay   Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda Report

Driver standingsEdit

Pos Driver STP PHX LBH ALA IGP INDY DET TEX ROA IOW TOR MDO POC GAT POR SNM Pts
1   Scott Dixon 6 4 11 6 2 39 1* 4 1* 3 12 1* 5 3 3*c 5 2 678
2   Alexander Rossi 3 3 1* 11 5 4 3 12* 3 16 9 8 1* 1* 2 8* 7 621
3   Will Power 10 22* 2 21 1* 13 7 2 18 23 6 18 3 2 1 21 3 582
4   Ryan Hunter-Reay 5 5 20 2 18 5 2 1 5 2 19 16 7 18 20 2 1* 566
5   Josef Newgarden 7 1 7 1* 11 84 9 15 13 1* 4* 9 4 5 7 10 8 560
6   Simon Pagenaud 13 10 24 9 8 62 17 10 2 7 8 2 8 8 4 6 4 492
7   Sébastien Bourdais 1 13 13 5 4 285 13 21 8 13 11 19 6 4 21 3 6 425
8   Graham Rahal 2 9 5 7 9 10 23 5 6 6 7 21 9 14 10 23 23 392
9   Marco Andretti 9 12 6 10 13 12 4 9 14 11 16 10 11 7 14 25 5 392
10   James Hinchcliffe 4 6 9 3 7 DNQ 11 16 4 10 1 4 14 20 15 22 15 391
11   Robert Wickens  RY  18* 2 22 4 3 9 8 6 19 5 5 3 2 19 391
12   Takuma Sato 12 11 21 8 10 32 5 17 7 4 3 22 17 21 9 1 25 351
13   Ed Jones 8 20 3 20 22 31 6 3 9 9 13 12 15 12 8 24 10 343
14   Spencer Pigot 15 14 15 15 15 206 10 23 11 8 2 20 13 16 6 4 24 325
15   Zach Veach  R  16 16 4 13 23 23 12 13 16 22 20 7 10 6 5 19 14 313
16   Tony Kanaan 11 8 8 18 14 25 14 7 21 14 17 6 18 17 13 11 12 312
17   Charlie Kimball 20 17 10 23 20 18 19 8 10 18 14 5 16 9 19 7 22 287
18   Matheus Leist  R  24 19 14 12 21 13 15 14 22 15 22 15 19 11 16 14 19 253
19   Max Chilton 19 18 17 22 16 22 20 11 12 17 15 23 24 13 17 18 21 223
20   Ed Carpenter 7 2*1 20 10 10 12 187
21   Gabby Chaves 14 15 19 17 17 14 18 19 15 19 21 18 13 187
22   Jordan King  R  21 18 14 24 16 18 12 11 12 15 13 175
23   Zachary Claman DeMelo  R  17 23 19 12 19 17 21 18 14 122
24   Jack Harvey  R  23 12 16 20 16 17 103
25   Carlos Muñoz 7 12 18 95
26   Pietro Fittipaldi  R  23 23 22 11 9 16 91
27   Santino Ferrucci  R  22 20 20 11 66
28   René Binder  R  22 16 21 22 17 21 61
29   Conor Daly 21 13 22 15 58
30   Kyle Kaiser  R  21 16 19 29 45
31   Patricio O'Ward  R  9 44
32   Hélio Castroneves 6 278 40
33   J. R. Hildebrand 11 38
34   Stefan Wilson  R  15 31
35   Oriol Servià 17 27
36   Alfonso Celis Jr.  R  20 17 23
37   Colton Herta  R  20 20
38   Danica Patrick 307 13
39   Jay Howard 24 12
40   Sage Karam 26 10
41   James Davison 33 10
  Pippa Mann DNQ 0
Pos Driver STP PHX LBH ALA IMS INDY DET TEX ROA IOW TOR MDO POC GAT POR SNM Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th–10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did Not Start
(DNS)
Race abandoned
(C)
Blank Did not
participate
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
(1 point; except Indy)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(2 points)
DNS Any driver who qualifies
but does not start (DNS),
earns half the points
had they taken part.
1–9 Indy 500 "Fast 9" result,
with points as follows:
9 points for 1st
8 points for 2nd
and so on down to
1 point for 9th.
c Qualifying canceled
no bonus point awarded
 RY  Rookie of the Year
 R  Rookie
  • The Indianapolis 500 and Sonoma rounds award double points.
  • At all races except the Indy 500, the number 1 qualifier earns one (1) point. At double header races, the fastest qualifier of each qualifying group earns one championship point.[70]
  • Entrant-initiated engine change-outs before the engines reach their required distance run will result in the loss of ten (−10) points.
    • NOTE: The distance run will be based on the total distance raced by that entrant with the engine in question, regardless of driver.
  • Ties are broken by number of wins, followed by number of 2nds, 3rds, etc., then by number of pole positions, followed by number of times qualified 2nd, etc.

Manufacturer standingsEdit

Pos Manufacturer STP PHX LBH ALA IMS INDY DET TEX ROA IOW TOR MDO POC GAT POR SNM Pts
1 Honda 1 2 1 2 2 3 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1467
2 3 3 3 3 4 2 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 2 2
96* 76 91* 76 75 67 96* 91* 90* 75 90* 90* 96* 90* 77 95* 96*
2 Chevrolet 7 1 2 1 1 1 7 2 2 1 2 2 3 2 1 4 3 1203
10 7 7 9 6 2 9 7 10 7 4 5 4 5 4 6 4
46 81* 66 77* 84* 98* 48 66 61 82* 73 71 67 71 87* 61 67
  • All manufacturer points (including qualifying points, race finish points, and race win bonus points) can only be earned by full-season entrants.[71]
  • The top two finishing entrants from each manufacturer in each race score championship points for their respective manufacturer. The manufacturer that wins each race will be awarded five (5) additional points, which can be determined through bold in-line notation.
  • At all races except the Indy 500, the manufacturer who qualifies on pole earns one (1) point. At the Indy 500, the fastest Saturday qualifier earns one (1) point, while the pole position winner on Sunday earns two (2) points. It can be determined through italic in-line notation. But, in Gateway, as qualifying was rained out, no point will be awarded for pole position.
  • The manufacturer with the most points from each race is noted by an asterisk (*).
  • For every full-season engine used during the Indy 500 that reaches 2,000 total miles run, the manufacturer earns bonus points equal to that engine's finishing position in the race.
  • Ties are broken by number of wins, followed by number of 2nds, 3rds, etc.

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ James Davison is considered a rookie in the IndyCar Series; however, he was not a rookie in the 2018 Indianapolis 500 as he participated in the Indy 500 in 2014, 2015, and 2017.
  2. ^ Stefan Wilson is considered a rookie in the IndyCar Series; however, he was not a rookie in the 2018 Indianapolis 500 as he participated in the 2016 Indianapolis 500.
  3. ^ The qualification format for this race featured two separate qualification groups, with the fastest qualifier in each group earning a championship point; the faster of the two group fastest qualifiers would then start on pole, while the other would start from the outside of the front row. Andretti set the fastest overall lap, and was awarded the pole position. Scott Dixon set the fastest lap in the other qualifying group, and was also awarded a championship point.
  4. ^ The qualification format for this race featured two separate qualification groups, with the fastest qualifier in each group earning a championship point; the faster of the two group fastest qualifiers would then start on pole, while the other would start from the outside of the front row. Rossi set the fastest overall lap, and was awarded the pole position. Robert Wickens set the fastest lap in the other qualifying group, and was also awarded a championship point.
  5. ^ Qualifying for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 was cancelled due to weather. The grid was set by entrant points, so Scott Dixon was gifted the pole position. Because of this, he was not awarded the bonus point typically awarded for qualifying on pole position.

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