Monday, May 10, 2010

XSL Speed Reporter's Countdown to Indy Day 20: Indy 500 Entry List

With 20 days left before one of 33 qualified open wheel drivers drinks from the milk bottle of triumph, noise is only starting to rush over the 2.5 mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In honour of the upcoming Indianapolis 500 this May 30th, XSL Speed Reporter will devote itself to including at least one new post relating to this major event on the 2010 motorsport landscape.

Below, I have compiled an entry list of the IZOD IndyCar Series teams striding to first make the field for the 500 mile race at the Brickyard. While cable TV channel Speed reported 40 entries, my review of material has so far only turned up 39 entrants. This is still a far improvement from last year where it was a struggle to make it to just 33 cars. A number of factors are playing a part in the larger contention including a 33% drop in the cost of Honda racing engines for the Indy 500 only teams and the sea of talent wanting once again to be part of the open wheel racing which is now under the IZOD IndyCar Series.

With many of the Indy 500 only or limited schedule rides announcements having tickled out through the past month, teams have also entered T cars as usual for the Indy 500 which have in the past allowed otherwise unattached drivers a chance to qualify. Previously listed 'To Be Announced', Ana Beatriz confirmed Saturaday on Twitter that she will be driving the #25 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car. Not a major surprise based on her excellent performance in the season opening race at Sao Paulo, this officially declares that 5 women will be vying for 1 of 33 prized starting spots when qualifying starts May 22nd.

Green denotes Indy 500 only or limited schedule entry

Reported Entry List for Indianapolis 500 as of May 10th
  1. 06 Hideki Mutoh/ Japan/ Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing
  2. 2 Raphael Matos/Brazil/ Luczo Dragon/de Ferran Motorsports
  3. 3 Helio Castroneves/Brazil/ Penske Racing
  4. 4 Dan Wheldon/England/ Panther Racing
  5. 5 Takuma Sato/Japan/ KV Racing Technology
  6. 6 Ryan Briscoe/Australia/ Penske Racing
  7. 7 Danica Patrick/United States/ Andretti Autosport
  8. 8 EJ Viso/Venezuela/ KV Racing Technology
  9. 9 Scott Dixon/New Zealand/ Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
  10. 10 Dario Franchitti/Scotland/ Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
  11. 11 Tony Kanaan/Brazil/ Andretti Autosport
  12. 12 Will Power/Australia/ Penske Racing
  13. 14 Vitor Meira/Brazil/ AJ Foyt Racing Enterprises
  14. 15 Paul Tracy/Canada/KV Racing Technology
  15. 18 Milka Duno/Venezuela/ Dale Coyne Racing
  16. 19 Alex Lloyd/England/ Dale Coyne Racing
  17. 20 Ed Carpenter/United States/ Panther Racing
  18. 21 Davey Hamilton/United States/ de Ferran Dragon Racing
  19. 22 Justin Wilson/England/ Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
  20. 23 Tomas Scheckter/South Africa/ Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
  21. 24 Mike Conway/England/ Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
  22. 25 Ana Beatriz/Brazil/ Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
  23. 26 Marco Andretti/United States/ Andretti Autosport
  24. 27 TBA/TBA/ AFS Racing
  25. 29 Sebastian Saavedra/Columbia/ Bryan Herta Autosport
  26. 30 Graham Rahal/United States/ Rahal Letterman Racing
  27. 32 Mario Moraes/Brazil/ KV Racing Technology
  28. 33 Bruno Junqueira/Brazil/ FAZZT Race Team
  29. 34 Mario Romancini/Brazil/ Conquest Racing
  30. 36 Bertrand Baguette/Belgium/ Conquest Racing
  31. 37 Ryan Hunter-Reay/United States/ Andretti Autosport
  32. 41 A.J. Foyt IV/United States/ A.J. Foyt Racing Enterprises
  33. 43 John Andretti/United States/ Richard Petty/Andretti Autosport
  34. 66 Jay Howard/England/ Sarah Fisher Racing
  35. 67 Sarah Fisher/United States/ Sarah Fisher Racing
  36. 77 Alex Tagliani/Canada/ FAZZT Race Team
  37. 78 Simona De Silvestro/Switzerland HVM Racing
  38. 98 TBA/TBA/ Curb/Agajanian/Team 3G
  39. 99 Townsend Bell/United States/ Chip Ganassi Racing/Sam Schmidt Motorsports

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