Oct 1 - Next May, a few weeks before the Indy 500, the IndyCars will be racing at the Indy Speedway's road course.
The race will begin from a standing start and run clockwise, the same as the 2000-2007 Formula One U.S. Grand Prix.
However, the IndyCar course will be different from the F1 course in the south west section of the course. Some of the kinks of the course have been removed. They are also talking of using the chicane that was built for the MotoGP race instead of Turn 1 of the oval. (Note: the MotoGP race runs counter-clockwise)
The three Mazda Road to Indy classes [IndyLights, Pro Mazda and USF2000] will also race.
A $5 million-$6 million renovation to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course is underway for next May’s inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Changes to several corners and the addition of spectator mounds are aimed at creating a more fan-friendly course with additional opportunities for drivers to pass.
On the map above, the stands are in red. Also the blue are for sale, which are the penthouse level of part of the Paddock and Stands A & B and the SW Vista Deck and NW Vista Deck.
Indianapolis Grand Prix Race Course Layout
Change at Ganassi
Oct 4 - Veteran IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan, winner of this year's Indianapolis 500, next year will join one of the sport's strongest teams, Chip Ganassi Racing.
Ganassi announced that it signed the 38-year-old Brazilian to a multi-year deal to become the team's fourth driver.
The others are four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti, two-time title winner Scott Dixon and Charlie Kimball, who won his first career IndyCar race this year at Mid-Ohio.
"I wanted to be in the best teams with the best guys who have been beating me forever. I thought about it every single day," Kanaan said. "The first question that I asked Chip was, 'What do I have to bring?' And he said, 'Your helmet.' That was a big weight off of my shoulders."
Kanaan, who currently drives for the team KV Racing Technology, has 16 IndyCar wins in his 15-year career and was the 2004 series champion. He's 11th in this year's title standings.
In 2009 Kanaan had a chance at Ganassi Racing's No. 10 car, but opted to stay with Andretti Autosport. Franchitti used it to win three IndyCar titles and two Indianapolis 500s.
Separately, Ganassi said his team next year would switch to Chevrolet engines from Honda. The NASCAR team that Ganassi co-owns, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, already uses Chevrolet engines.
"There are a lot of synergies that we will be able to realize in working with the same manufacturer across the two series," Ganassi said.
Tony Kanaan celebrating long sought Indy 500 win
The Formula One U.S. Grand Prix Track Layout (2000-2007)
The IndyCar Indianapolis Grand Prix Track Layout (2014)
The Two Courses Over Lapped for comparison
F1 track is black IndyCar track is gray
Franchitti Injured at Houston IndyCar Race
Oct 6 - Four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti suffered two broken vertebrae, a fractured right ankle and a concussion in a scary crash in which his car went airborne into the catchfence during Sunday's Houston Grand Prix.
Debris from his car vaulted into the stands, injuring 13 fans and an IndyCar Series official, according to the Associated Press. Two people are being treated at a local hospital.
Franchitti had surgery Sunday to repair his right ankle.
Franchitti's car became airborne as he tried to pass Takuma Sato on a fast portion of the course in Turn 5. The car went airborne and tore into fencing, which held. His No. 10 Honda came to rest back on the temporary street circuit around Reliant Park with the front end missing but with the tub portion of the chassis intact. E.J. Viso was also caught up in the crash.
Viso and Sato climbed from their cars unharmed.
Scott Dixon won the Saturday race and Will Power won the Sunday race, which is when the Franchitti crash happened. Dixon took the points lead from Helio Castroneves.
Scott Dixon Wins Third IndyCar Title
Oct 20 - Scott Dixon won his third IndyCar Championship last night at Fontana.
Coming down to the last race of the season, Helio Castroneves was still in the hunt for the 2013 championship. A penalty and a broken wing from contact with Charlie Kimball's car cause him to finish a lap down in 6th place.
It was an exciting race with cars racing three wide on the 2-mile oval in southern California. There were many crashes with speeds of 220 mph. Only 9 cars out of 25 were still running at the end.
Will Power won the race and Dixon finished in 5th to secure his third IRL/IndyCar title - five years after his last, 10 years after his first.
Dixon said, "The first one, I think I was young, just didn’t really understand what I had won. My perspective when I was 22 or 23 — of what I actually did, to what I understand now — is totally different,” he said. “And ’08 was a dream year. Got married, won the Indy 500 and the championship. Pretty hard to beat that."
Scott Dixon is congratulated by his wife Emma.
F1 Championship Ends Early
Oct 27 - After winning the last five F1 races, Sebastian Vettel won the Indian Grand Prix today clinching the World Driver's Championship for himself and the Constructors championship for his Red Bull team.
The 26 y/o German has had a blazing career. Five years ago he entered Formula One and finished second in the championship. He then proceeded to win it every year afterwards.
He now has four championships, tying the great French driver, Alain Prost.
Note: Instead of returning to parc ferme at the end of the race, Vettel celebrated by doing donuts, climbing the fence and throwing his gloves into the audience. The FIA reprimanded him and fined his team $25,000 Euros for the infraction.
TITANS OF FORMULA 1 at Age 26
Michael Schumacher Alain Prost Ayrton Senna Sebastian Vettel
Wins 11 0 4 36
Podiums 29 1 14 59
Poles 6 0 11 44
World Championships 1 0 0 4
Ben Spies Retires
Oct 28 - American MotoGP racer Ben Spies announced his retirement from racing Saturday, Oct. 26, ending his competition career at age 29 due to a shoulder injury
Spies, from Longview, Texas, enjoyed a meteoric career on the world level. He won three consecutive American Motorcyclist Association Superbike titles from 2006-08 and won the World Superbike championship as a rookie in 2009 in his first season of global racing.
Spies climbed to MotoGP in 2010 with Monster Yamaha Tech 3, earning Rookie of the Year honors after finishing sixth in the World Championship standings. His best event of his rookie year was the Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Spies earned his only career MotoGP pole and finished second in the race.
Promoted to the Yamaha Factory Racing team in 2011, Spies earned his only career MotoGP victory in a magisterial ride in the rain at the prestigious TT Assen. He also finished third at Indianapolis, one of four podium finishes that helped him to fifth place in the points that season.
He joined the Ducati team for 2013, but shoulder surgery from 2012 never healed. He attempted a comeback at the race in Indy in August, but he crashed during practice. He separated his left shoulder and this would end up being his last event.
2013 IndyCar Champion Scott Dixon interviewed on Late Night with David Letterman Oct 29th 2013