The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series was the 23rd season of the Verizon IndyCar Series and the 107th official championship season of American open wheel racing. All teams used a spec Dallara DW12 (IR18) chassis with Honda or Chevrolet power units with respective aero kits, and Firestone tires. The DW12 in IR18 specification feature an all-new universal bodywork, inspired by CART’s 1990s and 2000s cars, but still keep the Dallara DW12 (named in 2012 after Dan Wheldon) chassis base. This new chassis configuration is dubbed the IR18 (Indycar Racing, 2018), and will be used until at least 2022. For the first time since the 1996 Indy Racing League and 2007 Champ Car seasons respectively, cars will have a roll hoop without an airbox.
Ed Carpenter Racing entered two cars for the 2018 series – for American Spencer Pigot and British rookie Jordan King for part-season campaign at road and street courses with Ed Carpenter himself driving the second car in speedways. Third car was entered for Danica Patrick in her final Indianapolis 500 appearance. Danica spent seven seasons (2005 – 2011) in IndyCars with a single win at Motegi in 2008. In 2012 – 2017 she raced full time in NASCAR. At the end of 2017 Danica stepped away from full-time racing, announcing that she would be reunited with longtime partner GoDaddy for sponsorship of the “Danica Double” (Daytona 500 in NASCAR and Indy 500 in IndyCar) to finish her driving career. At Daytona on February 18th she started 28th and was classified 35th after an accident on lap 102 stopped her race. At Indianapolis Danica qualified as high as 9th. During the race on lap 68, Patrick lost control of her car in turn 2, spinning around and impacting the outside wall before sliding back across the track and impacting the inside wall. Her final 500 resulted in a lowly 30th-place finish.
|2018||Verizon IndyCar Series||Indianapolis 500|
|Danica Patrick||13||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|Dallara DW12 (IR18)||Chevrolet||GoDaddy|