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The 2017 IndyCar Series season will be the 106th edition of American open wheel racing and the 22nd under this name.

Country captains

This is a list of countries' national teams with their captains in the 2017 IndyCar Series season. All countries have opted to go with only one captain in their team.

Country Name
Flag of Albania.svg Albania Slaking
Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria Altaria
Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina Sceptile
Flag of Armenia.svg Armenia Chris Nicholson
Flag of Australia.svg Australia Will Power
Flag of Austria.svg Austria Olga Vilukhina
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azerbaijan Decidueye
Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus Tyranitar
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium Metagross
Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia Incineroar
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina Olga Fatkulina
Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil Larvesta
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria Poli Genova
Flag of Cameroon.svg Cameroon Boloy Lokombo
Flag of Canada.svg Canada Pamela Anderson
Flag of Chile.svg Chile Rowlet
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China PR Shawn Johnson
Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia Shakira
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Salandit
Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Dragonite
Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus Brian Guy
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco
Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark Avalugg
Flag of Ecuador.svg Ecuador Drew Lachey
Flag of England.svg England Jonathan Bald
Flag of Estonia.svg Estonia Phillip Demers
Flag of Finland.svg Finland Noivern
Flag of France.svg France Simon Pagenaud
Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia Pearl Krabs
Flag of Germany.svg Germany Elena Vesnina
Flag of Greece.svg Greece Larry Birkhead
Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Helio Castroneves
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary Cameron Marshall
Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland Scolipede
Flag of Iran.svg Iran Allen Ford
Flag of Italy.svg Italy Marko Manieri
Flag of Japan.svg Japan Apolo Anton Ohno
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan Melissa Rycroft
Flag of Kosovo.svg Kosovo Danielle Schon
Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia Timothy Westaway
Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuania Ryan Duchak
Flag of Macedonia.svg Macedonia Skorupi
Flag of Malta.svg Malta Palossand
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Giselle Fernandez
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Emmitt Smith
Flag of Northern Ireland.svg Northern Ireland Crabominable
Flag of Norway.svg Norway Armaldo
Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay Haxorus
Flag of Poland.svg Poland Joey Fatone
Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Diggersby
Flag of Romania.svg Romania Sabrina Bryan
Flag of Russia.svg Russia Pee Saderd
Flag of San Marino.svg San Marino Poliwrath
Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland Heliolisk
Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia Volcarona
Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia Ryan Hunter-Reay
Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia Landorus
Flag of Spain.svg Spain Mario Lopez
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Andrea Anders
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Chespin
Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand Suicune
Flag of Tunisia.svg Tunisia Tepig
Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey Pidgeot
Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine Scott Dixon
Flag of the United States.svg United States Magearna
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay Graham Rahal
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Uzbekistan Mienshao
Flag of Wales 2.svg Wales Evan Cundal

Squads

Main article: 2017 IndyCar Series season squads

Known facts

The first team confirmed for 2017 was the Andretti Autosport trio of Munoz, Hunter-Reay and Andretti. The three drove for the team for 2014, 2015 and 2016; now they are confirmed for 2017.

Before the 2016 Indy 500, only four races have been confirmed for 2017: St. Pete, the Indy 500, Long Beach and Phoenix.

Drivers and teams

Captains
Team Manufacturer No. Captain Rounds
A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 4 Iran Allen Ford All
14 Spain Mario Lopez All
Andretti Autosport Honda 26 Japan Apolo Anton Ohno All
27 Russia Pee Saderd All
28 Slovakia Ryan Hunter-Reay All
50 United Kingdom Jack Harvey 6
Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb Agajanian 98 Belgium Metagross All
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 8 Switzerland Chespin All
9 Ukraine Scott Dixon All
10 Brazil Larvesta All
83 Czech Republic Garbiñe Muguruza 1-5, 10, 13-15, 17
Czech Republic Ueli Kestenholz 6-9, 11-12, 16
Dale Coyne Racing Honda 18 Bosnia and Herzegovina Olga Fatkulina 1-5
Bosnia and Herzegovina Beartic 6-17
19 England Jonathan Bald All
Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 20 United States Spencer Pigot Roads/Streets
United States Ed Carpenter Ovals
21 Turkey Pidgeot 1-2, 4-17
United States Magearna 3
Juncos Racing Chevrolet 17 Colombia Sebastian Saavedra 6
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 15 Uruguay Graham Rahal All
16 Spain Oriol Servia 6-8
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 5 Canada Pamela Anderson 1-9
Canada James Hinchcliffe 10-17
7 Poland Joey Fatone All
77 United Kingdom Jay Howard 6
Team Penske Chevrolet 1 France Simon Pagenaud All
2 Croatia Dragonite All
3 Honduras Hélio Castroneves All
12 Australia Will Power All
22 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 5-6

Schedule

The 2017 schedule will be announced on August 25, 2016; the same day as the men and women's singles draws for Gus Kenworthy vs. Sheryl Underwood and David Chokachi vs. Alan Thicke; but looks like it will be between 15-20 races. BATC eventually got it right, and there will be 17 races, the same from the 2016 IndyCar Series returning including Gateway.

Round Date Race Location
1 March 12 RussiaItalyKazakhstan 2017 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida
2 April 9 Russia 2017 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach, California
3 April 23 RussiaBosnia and Herzegovina 2017 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Barber Motorsports Park
4 April 29 2017 Phoenix Grand Prix Phoenix International Raceway
5 May 13 2017 Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course
6 May 28 101st Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval
7 June 3 2017 Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Streets of Detroit
8 June 4
9 June 10 2017 Firestone 600 Texas Motor Speedway
10 June 25 2017 Kohler GP of Road America Road America
11 July 9 Russia 2017 Iowa Corn 300 Iowa Speedway
12 July 16 2017 Honda Indy Toronto Streets of Toronto
13 July 30 2017 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
14 August 20 2017 ABC Supply 500 Pocono Raceway
15 August 26 2017 St. Louis 250 Gateway Motorsports Park
16 September 3 2017 Watkins Glen IndyCar Open Watkins Glen International
17 September 17 Romania 2017 Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Sonoma Raceway
  • Mid Ohio moves from August to late July.
  • Due to the huge gap between the first and second races, all IndyCar drivers full time in 2017 are required to take the 2017 BATC World Tour events (2017 Sebring Open March 13-17 and 2017 Math Open at Indian Wells March 20-April 2).
    • The Earn Surattikan and Siriporn Umpaipong albums will be released on March 30; but will be postponed until the next time Pee Saderd doesn't have a race only if he advances to the Math Open semifinals.
    • But since Saderd won the title, it can be listened at Long Beach.
    • IndyCar black flagged Pee Saderd and got two penalties during the Math Open tournament (one for Siriporn explicit lyrics on the 10th song, and Tai Orathai's #10 song on the CD lasting longer than 6 minutes).
  • BATC opted to send a Will Power rule in effect for all races of qualifying.
  • Due to Sabrina Bryan's birthday falling on qualifying day, Romania will host the event instead of Colombia.
  • St. Pete hosted by Italy, Kazakhstan and Russia because Andretti's on the 13th and Rycroft is the 11th, which is qualifying.
  • Russia opted to host April 9's Long Beach race due to Tai Orathai's album coming out during the weekend.
  • Russia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are scheduled to host the 2017 Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, held on April 23; due to Demidova of Russia and Kramer of Bosnia's birthdays falling on that day.
  • Indy 500 practices will be held from May 15 to May 26.
  • Russia will host Iowa, which is due to Piromporn's birthday falling on the qualifying day of the race.

Trivia

  • Absol will participate full-time in 2017 due to Pokémon Sun and Moon being confirmed.
  • Due to Melissa Rycroft's birthday falling on the 11th and Andretti's falling on the 13th of March, Russia, Italy and Kazakhstan will all host St. Pete.
  • Spain will host the first Detroit race due to the race falling on Rafael Nadal's birthday.
  • Boston was cancelled for 2017 due to the race being cancelled in late April 2016.

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