This year’s Indianapolis 500 field is steadily nudging its way towards a traditional 33-car starting list, with a sixth former winner joining the event’s roster.
Buddy Lazier has become the latest driver to confirm he’ll make a one-off appearance at the event, entering his family-run Lazier Partners Racing team for another hit-out at the world’s most famous oval race. Last year saw Lazier make a return to the event after a four-year absence, although he was the third driver to retire from the race after qualifying well down the order.
Also confirmed to make a one-off appearance is former Indy Lights Championship winner, Townsend Bell. The Californian has had a number of one-time Indy 500 outings over the years, with a best finish of fourth in 2009 with KV Racing Technology, the same team with whom he’ll attempt to qualify this year.
“In 2009 I had my best finish in Indy racing with KVRT, so coming back to the defending Indy 500 champions is special,” Bell said of his signing.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will have its first official Indy 500 practice session on May 11, a day after the inaugural running of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the venue’s road course layout. Qualifying will take place on the weekend of May 17-18, with the race occurring on May 25.
2014 Indianapolis 500 – Provisional Entry List:
|#||Driver||Team / Entry||Notes|
|2.||Juan Pablo Montoya||Team Penske||2000 winner|
|3.||Hélio Castroneves||Team Penske||2001-2, 2009 winner|
|5.||Jacques Villeneuve||Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports||1995 winner|
|6.||Townsend Bell||KV Racing Technology|
|7.||Mikhail Aleshin||Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports||Rookie|
|8.||Ryan Briscoe||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|9.||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||2008 winner|
|10.||Tony Kanaan||Chip Ganassi Racing||2013 winner|
|11.||Sébastien Bourdais||KV Racing Technology|
|12.||Will Power||Team Penske|
|14.||Takuma Sato||A.J. Foyt Enterprises|
|15.||Graham Rahal||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|16.||Oriol Servia||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|17.||Sebastián Saavedra||KV Racing Technology / AFS Racing|
|18.||Carlos Huertas||Dale Coyne Racing||Rookie|
|19.||Justin Wilson||Dale Coyne Racing|
|20.||Ed Carpenter||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|21.||J.R. Hildebrand||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|25.||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport|
|26.||Kurt Busch||Andretti Autosport||Rookie|
|27.||James Hinchcliffe||Andretti Autosport|
|28.||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport|
|34.||Carlos Muñoz||Andretti Autosport|
|41.||Martin Plowman||A.J. Foyt Enterprises||Rookie|
|67.||Josef Newgarden||Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing|
|68.||Alex Tagliani||Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing|
|77.||Simon Pagenaud||Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports|
|83.||Charlie Kimball||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|91.||Buddy Lazier||Lazier Partners Racing||1996 winner|
|98.||Jack Hawksworth||Bryan Herta Autosport||Rookie|
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