Indy 500

The final entry list for the centenary running of the Indianapolis 500 has been confirmed, with a 40-driver list that features a grand total of five former Indy 500  winners and eight rookies along with the IndyCar Series’ regular drivers.

‘Open Day’ – the full full official day of on-track activity at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – scheduled for this Saturday, the field will be whittled down to a 33-car starting list for the great race, which will be run on the last weekend in May.

The list includes 12 Americans, eight British drivers, six Brazilians, three Canadians and two Australians. Other countries such as Belgium, China, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and Venezuela are also represented.

Seven of the eight rookie drivers – Ho-Pin Tung, James Hinchcliffe, Charlie Kimball, Scott Speed, Pippa Mann, James Jakes – will be required to take part in today’s Rookie Orientation Program will be required to certify that they can participate in qualifying for the race.

The only remaining seat without a confirmed driver is the #57 entry attributed to Sarah Fisher Racing. At this stage, the team has confirmed that it’s concentrating its resources on getting Ed Carpenter into its #67 entry, and that any decision on running a second car will be made only if it can do so without overstretching its budget. Any entry would preclude the use of a rookie driver, and it’s believed that former Indy 500 winner Buddy Lazier is the lead candidate for the seat.

The full entry list is as follows:

No. Sponsor Sponsor Driver
2. Telemundo Newman/Haas Racing Oriol Servià ESP
3. Shell V-Power / Pennzoil Team Penske Hélio Castroneves BRZ
4. National Guard Panther Racing JR Hildebrand USA
5. Lotus KV Racing Technology Lotus Takuma Sato JPN
6. IZOD Team Penske Ryan Briscoe AUS
7. Team Andretti Autosport Danica Patrick USA
8. Schmidt Dragon Racing Ho-Pin Tung CHI
9. Target Target Chip Ganassi Racing Scott Dixon NZL
10. Target Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dario Franchitti GBR
11. HP Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Davey Hamilton USA
12. Verizon Team Penske Will Power AUS
14. ABC Supply Co. AJ Foyt Enterprises Vitor Meira BRZ
17. AFS Inc. AFS Racing Raphael Matos BRZ
18. Acorn Stairlifts Dale Coyne Racing James Jakes GBR
19. Boy Scouts of America Dale Coyne Racing Alex Lloyd GBR
20. Fuzzy’s Vodka Dragon Racing Scott Speed USA
22. Z-Line Designs Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Justin Wilson GBR
23. WIX Filters Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Paul Tracy CDN
24. Team Ipiranga Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Ana Beatriz BRZ
26. Team Venom Andretti Autosport Marco Andretti USA
27. Various Andretti Autosport Mike Conway GBR
28. Team DHL Andretti Autosport Ryan Hunter-Reay USA
30. RACB / Aspria RLL Special Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Bertrand Baguette BEL
34. TBA Conquest Racing Sebastian Saavedra COL
36. TBA Conquest Racing Pippa Mann GBR
38. Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing Graham Rahal USA
41. TBA AJ Foyt Enterprises Bruno Junqueira BRZ
43. Window World Richard Petty / Andretti Autosport John Andretti USA
44. TBA Panther Racing Buddy Rice USA
57. TBA Sarah Fisher Racing TBA  
59. PDVSA KV Racing Technology Lotus E.J. Viso VEN
67. Dollar General Sarah Fisher Racing Ed Carpenter USA
77. Bowers & Wilkins Sam Schmidt Motorsports Alex Tagliani CDN
78. Nuclear Clean Air Energy HVM Racing Simona di Silvestro SUI
82. GEICO KV Racing Technology Lotus Tony Kanaan BRZ
83. Levemir & Novolog FlexPen Chip Ganassi Racing Charlie Kimball USA
88. Service Central Sam Schmidt / RLL Racing Jay Howard GBR
98. William Rast Bryan Herta Autosport Dan Wheldon GBR
99. Herbalife Sam Schmidt Motorsports Townsend Bell USA
06. Sprott Newman/Haas Racing James Hinchcliffe CDN
07. REDLINE Xtreme / Circle K KV Racing Technology Tomas Scheckter RSA

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Richard Bailey

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