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Revised Indy 500 list confirms 40 entries

The updated entry list for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 shows 40 driver/car combinations and only one unconfirmed seat, as Rookie Orientation and Opening Day loom.
With Opening Day - the first day of full official on-track activity at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - scheduled for this Saturday, May 14, the revised and updated entry list for the centennial Indianapolis 500 has been issued showing the 40 cars and drivers who will be competing to make the 33-car starting grid on May 29.

The 40 drivers now include 12 Americans, eight British drivers, six Brazilians, three Canadians and two Australians. There are also representatives from Belgium, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and Venezuela, as well as Ho-Pin Tung who is the first Chinese driver ever to be entered into the Indy 500 event.

The eight British drivers are IZOD IndyCar series regulars Dario Franchitti, Mike Conway, Justin Wilson and James Jakes, as well as rookies Pippa Mann and Jay Howard. Also returning to Indianapolis are former winner Dan Wheldon who has finished second in the last two Indy 500s, and Alex Lloyd who finished in fourth place in 2010. Lloyd was recalled by Dale Coyne Racing last week for the Indy 500 and the rest of the 2011 IndyCar oval events after Sebastien Bourdais restricted himself to appearing in road/street course events for the team.

Including Wheldon, who was victorious here in 2005, there are five former Indy 500 champions in the field: Franchitti won in 2007 and 2010; Helio Castroneves won in 2001, 2002 and 2009; Scott Dixon in 2008; and Buddy Rice won in 2004.

There are eight rookies entered, of whom seven will be required to take part in the Rookie Orientation Program (ROP) at IMS on Thursday that precedes the official Opening Day. Ho-Pin Tung, JR Hildebrand, James Hinchcliffe, Charlie Kimball and Scott Speed will be joined by James Jakes and Pippa Mann, who - despite prior IndyCar appearances and oval races at Indianapolis in Firestone Indy Lights respectively - are nonetheless making their IndyCar series oval debut at the Indy 500. Another rookie, Jay Howard, completed ROP in 2010 and is not required to recertify. Speed and Tung were at Chicagoland on Monday in a private test organised by Dragon to prepare their drivers for ROP.

See the full entry list here (updated May 10).

The new list updates and revises the original entry list published mid-April.

Changes include the designation of the car number #41 to the AJ Foyt entry driven by Bruno Junqueira, the withdrawal of the undefined #16 and the addition of the #20 which is the entry for Scott Speed with Dragon Racing.

The main surprise in the last few days has been Dragon's signing of Speed, when it had been thought that the team were negotiating a deal with American Le Mans Series team Highcroft Racing. That would have given an Indy 500 opportunity to their star driver, France's Simon Pagenaud, who made his IndyCar debut at Barber Motorspors Park in April substituting for the injured Ana Beatriz in the Dreyer & Reinbold machine. Pagenaud completed the race and finished in a very creditable eighth position in the road race event.




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15-21 MAY, 2010, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing`s Dario Franchitti heading into turn one.
Marco Andretti in pit lane (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Will Power (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
AJ Foyt attends opening day for the Indianapolis 500 at IMS (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
AJ Foyt at IMS (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Conor Daly on track (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti and father/team boss Michael Andretti at IMS (Photo by: Dana Garrett for IndyCar Media)
IMS logo on a Firestone Tire (Photo by: Dana Garrett for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti enters Turn 1 during the Oval Open Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves sets up for Turn 1 during the Oval Open Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Pit lane comes to life during the Oval Open Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti in the cockpit (Photo by: Dana Garrett for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya crosses the line of bricks (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya flashes across the Yard of Bricks during the Oval Open Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya enters Turn 1 during the Oval Open Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power leads teammate Simon Pagenaud into Turn 1 during the Oval Open Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves on course during the Oval Open Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Photo by: Dana Garrett for IndyCar Media)

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