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Indy 500 entry list released Tuesday with 33 cars, 32 drivers

May 7, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

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The 97th Indianapolis 500 entry list was officially released Tuesday, in a departure from previous years when it has been announced in April. There may be revisions for the field to hit the 33-car number for the race.

Prior to the release, there were 32 confirmed car/driver combinations: the 25 drivers who have raced in all four IndyCar events this year, and previously announced part-time/one-off entries for AJ Allmendinger (Team Penske), Ryan Briscoe (Chip Ganassi Racing), Carlos Munoz (Andretti Autosport), Conor Daly (A.J. Foyt Racing), Michel Jourdain Jr. (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing), Pippa Mann (Dale Coyne Racing) and Townsend Bell (Panther Racing).

The only new arrival to the list was a second Ed Carpenter Racing entry, with no driver listed.

Buddy Rice, the 2004 Indianapolis 500 champion who had been linked to a third Schmidt car, was not listed. Expected or anticipated announcements for several other rumored drivers – Bryan Clauson, the Lazier brothers (Buddy and Jaques), Jay Howard and/or Katherine Legge – have also failed to materialize at this point.

In total, the list includes three former 500 winners (three-timers Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti, and 2008 champion Scott Dixon), and four 500 rookies (AJ Allmendinger, Carlos Munoz, Conor Daly and Tristan Vautier).

The entry list breakdown by team and engine manufacturer is below. All 33 cars also have a “T” car, a spare, listed.

Entry Car Driver             Team                C/E/T 

1.     1    Ryan Hunter-Reay     Andretti               D/C/F 
2.     2    AJ Allmendinger (R)  Penske                 D/C/F
3.     3    Helio Castroneves (W)Penske                 D/C/F
4.     4    JR Hildebrand        Panther                D/C/F
5.     5    EJ Viso              Venezuela/Andretti/HVM D/C/F 
6.     6    Sebastian Saavedra   Dragon                 D/C/F 
7.     7    Sebastien Bourdais   Dragon                 D/C/F 
8.     8    Ryan Briscoe         NTT Chip Ganassi       D/H/F
9.     9    Scott Dixon (W)      Target Chip Ganassi    D/H/F
10.    10   Dario Franchitti (W) Target Chip Ganassi    D/H/F
11.    11   Tony Kanaan          KV                     D/C/F 
12.    12   Will Power           Penske                 D/C/F
13.    14   Takuma Sato          Foyt                   D/H/F
14.    15   Graham Rahal         RLL                    D/H/F
15.    16   James Jakes          RLL                    D/H/F
16.    17   Michel Jourdain Jr.RLL                   D/H/F 
17.    18   Ana Beatriz          Coyne                  D/H/F 
18.    19   Justin Wilson        Coyne                  D/H/F
19.    20   Ed Carpenter         Carpenter              D/C/F
20.    21   Josef Newgarden      Fisher Hartman         D/H/F 
21.    22   Oriol Servia         Panther DRR            D/C/F 
22.    25   Marco Andretti       Andretti               D/C/F
23.    26   Carlos Munoz (R)     Andretti               D/C/F
24.    27   James Hinchcliffe    Andretti               D/C/F
25.    40   TBA                  Carpenter              D/C/F
26.    41   Conor Daly (R)       Foyt                   D/H/F
27.    55   Tristan Vautier (R)  Schmidt Peterson       D/H/F 
28.    60   Townsend Bell        Panther                D/C/F
29.    77   Simon Pagenaud       Schmidt Hamilton       D/H/F
30.    78   Simona de Silvestro  KV                     D/C/F 
31.    83   Charlie Kimball      Novo Nordisk Ganassi   D/H/F
32.    98   Alex Tagliani      Barracuda/BHA          D/H/F 
33.   TBA   Pippa Mann           Coyne                  D/H/F
  1. wallio - May 8, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Only 33 entries? wtf? Can’t somebody scrape together a car to at least TRY to bump in? Aren’t there any of those garbage Lotus lumps laying around? Not much chance with one, but it would be something.

    • midtec2005 - May 8, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      This is just the initial list, it sounds like there will be more than 33 in the end. Usually a few are added during the month. The new car really hurt the number of entries, for now. There simply aren’t as many spares sitting around as there was with the old car. This problem will get better though in a year or two. The engines themselves aren’t the issue.

      • ncrdbl1 - May 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        Actually engines are the issue. This year two manufacturers must supply all of the field.It will limit other teams buying entered T cars and trying to make the field. There are more actual tubs available this season than last season. The deadline for entries has passed. So the 66 actual cars (33 primary and 33 T cars) entered will be the final number of cars entered. Some may change owners and numbers later this month but no new entries will be submitted.

  2. vince2773 - May 8, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Indy has really gone down hill. Very sad.

  3. midtec2005 - May 8, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    This is still an improvement over last year… There were less than 33 on the intial list and two of them were 20 mph off the pace.

    • ncrdbl1 - May 9, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      Down to only two engines this year instead of three. Series could have taken step to improve the Lotus last year but refused.. The leadership of the sisters is embarrassing or should i say the lack of leadership. .

  4. ncrdbl1 - May 9, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    This is why i hate the current qualifying format. In the past half of the T cars could become available on the second weekend after the primary car is safely in.

    • midtec2005 - May 10, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      I think that would be ideal… they should definitely allow that again. Obviously, I totally agree about the leadership too. But how could someone not agree?

      Every time nascar fans complain about Brian France I always say, it could be worse… it could be Tony George.

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