The future of the Verizon IndyCar Series couldn’t look brighter. The 2017 season may be only four races old but as the month of May gets underway and everyone prepares for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil there is a lot going on elsewhere in the sport.
Hulman and Company (the parent company of the Verizon IndyCar Series) president Mark Miles is on a European tour this week exploring new possibilities to expand the series beyond North American borders.
The 2018 season will see the introduction of a new universal aero kit which will see teams and drivers have somewhat of a reset for the 2018 season.
There is the potential for at two new teams to enter the series with Harding Racing, who will run Gabby Chaves in the No.88 for the 101st running of Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, hoping to be in the series full time next season with Chaves.
Juncos Racing are also looking into the possibility of running a full-time Verizon IndyCar Series entry from next season with the possibility of two cars.
It also remains possible that Trevor Carlin and Carlin Racing could be on the grid next season. On the track so far this year, the Verizon IndyCar Series has seen Team Penske claim four out four for the Verizon P1 Award.
In the engine stakes it’s two wins a piece for Honda and Chevrolet. Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais took victory in the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg while at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe took victory.
At Barber Motorsports Park for the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama Josef Newgarden, in only his third race for the team took victory in the No.2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet.
At the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud took victory in the No.1 Menards Chevrolet.