IndyCar » Indy 500: Provisional entry list published

The provisional entry list for the 2012 Indianapolis 500 race has been published, featuring three past Indy 500 champions and a total of 34 cars.

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zumzum - Unregistered

April 19, 2012 8:54 PM

I don't understand why they keep calling her "Ana Beatriz", those are her two given names. It would be like calling Danica Patrick "Danica Sue".

Beatriz Figueiredo or Bia, if you must, will do just fine, please.

David Chaste - Unregistered

April 20, 2012 8:47 AM

@ zumzum, it's about marketing. Name recognition is a must. Americans have to be able to easy say and spell her name, when looking her up. Bia is too short and some people might not realize she's a female.

Figueiredo would be a bit hard for the casual American fan to spell when looking her up online. Beatriz is pretty straight forward.

Danica Patrick is married. Her last name should have changed. But then she could loose some recognition, so she kept her maiden name.

In the realm of marketing each driver is simply a product.

David Chaste - Unregistered

April 20, 2012 9:05 AM

Too many cars. With Dan Wheldon's passing away I'm apprehensive of single seaters racing on ovals. And the new cars are faster too.

The Indianapolis speedway actually has the most deaths of any major race track in the world.

Here's praying nothing happens

Don - Unregistered

April 20, 2012 2:02 PM

It's going to be very interesting to see how qualifying goes at Indy. The Lotus powered cars will be hopelessly slow. I'd love to see a turbo boost increase at Indy and for the remaining schedule, but that probably won't happen till next season. The mfg's don't want their new power plants blowing up in large quantities.

Sir Charles - Unregistered

April 20, 2012 2:37 PM

David - There's definitely an element of danger at the Indy 500, just one of the many reasons it's the largest single motor race in the world.

Do a Google search for the 2011 finish - rookie Hildebrand crashing on the last lap and Wheldon winning, or the 2010 finish - Mike Conway airborne into the fence on the last lap.

David Chaste - Unregistered

April 21, 2012 6:58 AM

The danger can be mitigated with less cars on the grid. They should slow the cars down on the ovals too.

Probably a pipe dream, but I'll pray for the day that the Indy 500 is held on the road course. That will be a lot safer for everyone.

RJM - Unregistered

April 21, 2012 9:46 PM

David, I respect your opinion, but it's simply wrong.

The Indy 500 has an element of risk, but so does any motor race. The participants know this before undertaking it. They aren't forced to compete.

Oval racing has been held at the Speedway for a century now. The Indy 500 is quite simply the biggest race in the world. You might want to watch it on the road course, but nobody else would. Certainly very few of the huge crowds who attend every year.

And BTW the field is 33 cars as per tradition. And the Speedway is a 9 degree banking, which is hardly the same as Talladega or the like!!

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