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Revised Indy 500 list confirms 40 entries

However, discussions with Hillcroft seemed to falter and cool off, leaving Dragon looking toward a more well-known American driver to take the seat instead, and eventually persuaded Scott Speed to pull out of a pre-existing NASCAR appearance with Kevin Harvick's Nationwide Series team in order to free him up to spend May at Indianapolis.

Dragon's regular IndyCar series (currently for a limited five-race season) is Paul Tracy, but he had already signed up to appear for Dreyer and Reinbold at Indy before Jay Penske managed to resuscitate his Dragon Racing team after its near-death experience over the winter.

The #89 accredited to the mysterious "China Racing" on the original entry list has been withdrawn: this was believed to have been an entry for Portuguese driver Ricardo Teixeira from British Formula Three, GP2 (with Trident in 2009) and Formula 2, where he was involved in a huge airborne crash in a race at Marrakech, Morocco last year but walked away uninjured. Teixeira is one of the test drivers for Team Lotus F1 (alongside Team AirAsia GP2 drivers Luiz Razia and Davide Valsecchi) and has received sponsorship backing during his career from Angolan oil company Sonangol, but evidently the deal to put together a team for the 2011 Indy 500 did not come together in time.

That leaves 40 confirmed driver/car combinations, and only one remaining undefined seat - the Sarah Fisher #57. The team says that it is concentrating its resources on getting Ed Carpenter into the race in the #67 and would only make a late decision whether to run anyone in the second car if it felt the team was showing good enough overall pace to justify it without over-stretching the operation. A late entry would preclude the use of a rookie driver, and it's thought that former Indy 500 winner Buddy Lazier would be the leading choice to take the seat if it did become available late in the day.

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