|Indianapolis Motor Speedway|
|Season||2014 IndyCar season|
|Date||May 25, 2014|
|Back Home Again in Indiana||Jim Nabors|
|Starting Command||Mari Hulman George|
|Pace car||Chevrolet Camaro|
|Pace car driver||Dario Franchitti|
|TV in the United States|
The 98th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to be run on Sunday, May 25, 2014, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It will be the premier event of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Tony Kanaan will enter the race as the defending champion.
In September 2013, an IndyCar feasibility test was conducted on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, in preparations for a possible road course race to open the month of May 2014. The inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis will take place on Saturday, May 10, with Opening Day practice for the 500 taking place Sunday, May 11.
All four divisions of the Road to Indy ladder will participate in the meeting, with doubleheaders for the Cooper Tires Indy Lights (Liberty Challenge and Freedom 100) and IndyCar Series (Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Indianapolis 500), and road course races only for the USF2000 and Pro Mazda Series, with Lucas Oil Raceway hosting oval races for the two series during the oval race weekend. The Stadium Super Trucks will also race in the Indianapolis area on Carb Day at a track to be announced.
- Jim Nabors is scheduled to perform "Back Home Again in Indiana" before the race, for the 35th and final time. On March 25, the 83-year-old Nabors announced that he would retire from performing at the 500 because his health limits his travel from his Hawaii home.
The track activity will commence Wednesday April 30 with an Open Test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The events for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis will be held over three days, May 8 to 10. On Sunday May 11, the circuit will be reset to the oval configuration. Practice for veteran drivers will be begin May 11. The Rookie Orientation Program will also be held on Sunday May 11. An exclusive time frame of approximately two hours of track time will be reserved for the rookies during the afternoon hours.
For the first time in modern history, a post-qualifying practice session (other than Carb Day) will be held on the Monday following time trials. The track will be open on Monday May 19 from 12:00–5:00 p.m.
- For further information, see Team and driver list
The race is expected to have at least six former Indianapolis 500 winners entered, including two drivers returning for the first time in over a decade. Defending champion Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon will drive for Ganassi. Three-time winner Helio Castroneves will return with Penske. He will be joined by 2000 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, who returns to the Indy 500 for the first time since his victory, after spending time in Formula One and NASCAR.
Three-time Indy 500 winner, and four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti announced his retirement from racing in the fall of 2013, following a crash at Houston. In late March, Franchitti was named as the driver of the pace car.
Jacques Villeneuve announced he will return to the 500 with Sam Schmidt Motorsports. It will be his first appearance since his victory in 1995. Buddy Lazier is also returning to the 500 with Lazier Partners Racing. Lazier drove for this team in 2013, as well.
Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch, who took a rookie test in 2013, announced he will enter the 500 with Andretti Autosport. He will attempt the Indy/Charlotte "Double Duty", the first driver to do so since Robby Gordon in 2004. Busch will be the first NASCAR champion to enter the Indy 500, as fellow Cup champions and Indy 500 starters Bobby Allison, Tony Stewart, and Cale Yarborough had not yet won the NASCAR title at the time they raced at Indianapolis.
- A new qualifying format will be introduced for 2014. Qualifying will be held over two days (Saturday-Sunday), with the pole position winner not determined until the second day. The qualifying procedure will be as follows:
- On the first day of time trials (Saturday May 17), all cars entered will make an attempt to qualify. Qualifying will be scheduled from 11:00 am to 5:50 pm. The fastest 33 cars will be locked into the starting field. Actual grid positioning, however, will not yet be assigned. The top nine cars from Saturday will be eligible for the Fast Nine Shootout.
- On the second day of time trials (Sunday May 18), the cars that posted times from 10th–33rd will each make a qualifying attempt, beginning at 10:15 am. Saturday times will be erased, and the Sunday times will determine the starting lineup.
- At 2 pm on Sunday, the top nine cars from Saturday will participate in the Fast Nine Shootout to determined the pole position as well as starting positions 2–9.
- All engines for 2014 and beyond are required to have Twin-turbos. Single-turbo powerplants are no longer permitted. Previously, only Chevrolet (and for a brief time, Lotus) utilized a twin-turbo.
- Grid penalties based on unapproved engine changes have been eliminated. Previously, unapproved engine changes penalties incurred during the month of May at Indianapolis would be served at the next race of the season (Detroit). Starting in 2014, the penalty will be points deductions to the manufacturers championship. If teams act in deliberate negligence to cause engine failures, the penalty will be starting from the rear of the field.
- Starting in 2014, IndyCar championship points for the Indianapolis 500, as well as the Pocono 500 and MAVTV 500 (Fontana) will be doubled compared to the other races on the schedule.
In the United States, ABC will broadcast both feature races in the IndyCar Series during the Indianapolis 500 meeting. This marks the fiftieth consecutive year that ABC has broadcast the 500. ABC will also carry time trials for the first time since 2008. Long-time NASCAR play-by-play announcer Allen Bestwick, who has worked the Brickyard 400 since 2001, will make his Indy 500 debut for 2014. Previous anchor Marty Reid was fired by the network on September 29, 2013 following an error during the broadcast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kentucky 300.
Paul Page, who served as the radio announcer for the 500 from 1977–1987, and later the television announcer (1988–1998, 2002–2004) will return to the radio booth. He will anchor the radio broadcast, replacing Mike King, who resigned after 2013.
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