The 2018 Indianapolis 500 (branded as the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil for sponsorship reasons) is a Verizon Indy Car Series event that is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, 2018, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The event is scheduled for 500 miles (200 laps). It will be the premier event of the 2018 IndyCar Series. Takuma Sato is the winner of the latest edition of the race.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Sanctioning body IndyCar
Season 2018 IndyCar Season
Date May 27, 2018
National anthem Kelly Clarkson
“Back Home Again in Indiana” Jim Cornelison
Starting Command Tony George
Pace car Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Pace car driver Victor Oladipo
Honorary starter Chris Hemsworth
TV in the United States
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Scott Goodyear, Eddie Cheever
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 Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a 2.5-mile oval circuit with four turns banked at 9°.
2017 IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden leads the championship standings.
The 2017 race was the third and final year contested with the Chevrolet and Honda aero kits outfitted to the Dallara DW12 chassis. Beginning in 2018, all DW12 Safety Cell chassis will be fitted with a universal bodywork kit. Digital renderings for the common bodywork kit, referred to as the ‘IR18’ car, were released in early May 2017. The car was officially unveiled in late July, and the universal aero kit became known as the UAK18 bodywork. The bodywork is inspired by CART’s 1990s and 2000s livery. For the first time since 1996, the cars in the Indy 500 will have a roll hoop without an airbox. Indianapolis 500 how to watch?