Indianapolis 500 branded as the 102nd 2018 Indy 500 Race presented by Penn Grade Motor Oil 4 for sponsorship reasons is a Verizon Indy Car Series event that is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, 2018, at the 2018 Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The event is scheduled for 500 miles 200 laps. It will be the premier event of the 2018 Indy Car Series. Takuma Sato is the winner of the latest edition of the race.
Date: May 27, 2018, 11:00 AM (ET)
Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana, United States
Season: 2018 IndyCar Series
Sanctioning body: IndyCar
Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Scott Goodyear, Eddie Cheever
Indianapolis 500, often called the Indy 500, Indy or the 500, is an American motor race held in Speedway, Indiana at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The month of May activities formally began on May 12 with the fifth running of the IndyCar Grand Prix on the combined road course. Practice for the Indianapolis 500 is planned to begin on Tuesday May 15. Carb Day the traditional final day of practice, as well as the annual Pit Stop Challenge and Indy Lights Freedom 100, are scheduled for May 25.
The 102nd Indianapolis 500 will be the sixth race of the 2018 Verizon Indy Car Series season, and 23rd sanctioned as part of the Indy Racing League Indy Car Series. There were four different winners in the first five races of the season. For the second year in a row, Sébastien Bourdais won the season opener at St. Petersburg. Once again, Bourdais won in surprising fashion, taking the lead after the leaders collided on a late race restart. It was also Bourdais first victory since suffering injuries in a crash during qualifying for the 2017 Indy 500. Josef Newgarden won at Phoenix, Alexander Rossi won at Long Beach, and Newgarden won again at Birmingham. To begin the month of May, Will Power won the IndyCar Grand Prix, his third win in the event.
Offseason changes included Chip Ganassi Racing, which dropped down to two cars only Scott Dixon and Ed Jones. Team Penske also dropped down from four full time cars to three. Hélio Castroneves switched to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and will race at Indianapolis only. Two-time Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, however, was left out of a ride for the 2018 race. The event, billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, is considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, which comprises three of the most prestigious motorsports events in the world, also including the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The official attendance is not disclosed by Speedway management, but the permanent seating capacity is upwards of 250,000, and infield patrons raise the race day attendance to approximately 300,000.
Four days of testing was scheduled at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway prior to the official opening of the track. On March 23, manufacturer testing was conducted on the road course for Honda. Testing on the oval was scheduled for March 27, 29, but was postponed due to inclement weather in the forecast. A full field, league sponsored open test was held on the oval April 30, followed by the Rookie Orientation Program and Refresher tests on May 1. On May 2, track activity continued with a private manufacturers test involving both Honda and Chevrolet.
Indy 500 is held annually at the 2018 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 2.5 miles (4.0 km oval circuit. Drivers race 200 laps, counter clockwise around the circuit, for a distance of 500 miles 800 km. Since its inception in 1911, the race has always been scheduled on or around Memorial Day. Since 1974, the race has been specifically scheduled for the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. Practice and time trials are held in the two weeks leading up to the race. The Sunday of Memorial Day weekend is widely considered one of the most important days on the motor sports calendar, as it is the day of the Indianapolis 500 Monaco Grand Prix.Subcribe Now