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98th Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning body IndyCar
Season 2014 IndyCar season
Date May 25, 2014
Pre-race ceremonies
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
Network ABC
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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,[1] in preparations for a possible road course race to open the month of May 2014.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

Event background[edit]

  • 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.[5]


The track activity will commence Wednesday April 30 with an Open Test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.[6] 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.[7]

Race schedules — April/May 2014
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Road course
Open test
Grand Prix
Grand Prix
Grand Prix of
Time Trials
Time Trials
Indy Lights
Carb Day
Freedom 100
Legends Day
Color Notes
Green Practice
Dark Blue Time trials
Silver Race day
Red Rained out*
Blank No track activity

* Includes days where track activity
was significantly limited due to rain

ROP — denotes Rookie Orientation Program

Entry list[edit]

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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

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",[12] 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.

All told, the Indianapolis 500 will, for the first time in history, feature at least one champion from Formula One, IndyCar, and NASCAR.

Rule changes[edit]

  • 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.[13]
  • Grid penalties based on unapproved engine changes have been eliminated.[14] 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.[15]


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,[16] 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.[17]

Carb Day coverage will be carried by NBC Sports Network. Bob Varsha will serve as announcer.

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.

1070 The Fan broadcast nightly beginning April 28 with Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee, followed by Donald Davidson's The Talk of Gasoline Alley.[18] Speed will broadcast in Australia


  1. ^ Oreovicz, John (September 4, 2013). "Bet on an IndyCar road race at Indy soon". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Board approves Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course event for May 2014". IndyCar Series. September 26, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ Cavin, Curt (October 1, 2013). "IndyCar officials provide details for revised 2.434-mile IMS road course". IndyStar. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "2014 SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks Schedule". SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road. November 27, 2013. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Final Indy song for Jim Nabors". ESPN.com (ESPN, Inc.). Associated Press. March 25, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ Lewandowski, Dave (March 17, 2014). "Playing it forward: Teams can carry over tires". IndyCar.com. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "INDYCAR Adds Additional Practice Day to '500' Schedule". IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com. April 14, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Team Penske signs Juan Pablo Montoya for IndyCar in 2014". AutoWeek. September 16, 2013. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ Cavin, Curt (December 19, 2013). "Dario Franchitti explains difficult decision to retire". USA Today. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ "F1 champion Jacques Villeneuve to make comeback at Indy 500". CNN. March 2, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ Cavin, Curt (January 14, 2014). "Early for Indy 500 count, but count on Buddy Lazier". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  12. ^ Lewandowski, Dave (March 4, 2014). "Busch's Indianapolis 500 entry 'a dream come true'". IndyCar.com. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ "All IndyCars switching to twin turbochargers in 2014". USA Today. July 25, 2013. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  14. ^ Estrada, Chris (March 18, 2014). "IndyCar grid penalties for unapproved engine swaps gone". MotorSportsTalk (NBC Sports). Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Double points for 500-mile races". ESPN.com. March 20, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  16. ^ NASCAR broadcaster Allen Bestwick to move to IndyCar Series broadcasts – charlotteobserver.com
  17. ^ "Marty Reid Fired: ESPN Replaces NASCAR, IndyCar Announcer After Nationwide Gaffe (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. September 29, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  18. ^ Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee – 1070 The Fan, April 1, 2014

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