2019 Indianapolis 500 Starting Grid – The EKN Version
Karting is the core of motorsports development and this year's Indy 500 grid is proof positive
The grid for this year's Indianapolis 500 is filled with drivers who used karting as their first steps into a career in racing (Photo: Jason Porter)
There is simply no arguing the fact that karting is best way for anyone to get into motorsports. In addition to its affordability, karting provides the ideal platform for skill and racecraft development. Karting has been the foundation for countless professional race car drivers, and a quick look at the starting grid for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 proves this point. We’ve put together this unique presentation of this year’s Indy 500 grid, highlighting each driver with a photo of their karting experiences, old and new.
The most recent stars of American karting who will be in this year’s ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ include Spencer Pigot, Josef Newgarden, Colton Herta, Graham Rahal, Conor Daly, Sage Karam, and Santino Ferrucci.
Drivers like Will Power, Alexander Rossi, Sebastien Bourdais, Sage Karam and Pippa Mann have come back to their roots in recent years, competing at the SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas.
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