IndyCar »

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The #89 accredited to the mysterious "China Racing" on the original entry list has been withdrawn: this was believed to have been an entry for Portuguese driver Ricardo Teixeira from British Formula Three, GP2 (with Trident in 2009) and Formula 2, where he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.





Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
15-21 MAY, 2010, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing`s Dario Franchitti heading into turn one.
Helio Castroneves leads teammate Simon Pagenaud on course during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud in action during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud in action during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud in action during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon in action during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon in action during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon in his pit stand prior to practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud berates Ryan Hunter-Reay after their crash in turn 3 near the end of the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on Sunday April 12 2015. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais talks with Simon Pagenaud after their crash in turn 3 near the end of the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on Sunday April 12 2015. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6 attempts to qualify in the rain Saturday, April 11, 2015 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana. Montoya will start on the pole for the race, based on entrant points as lightning halted qualifying before its completion. (Photo by Scott R. LePage/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon on course during practice for the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park. Friday April 10 2015. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud at St Petersburg. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud at St Petersburg. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud at St Petersburg. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud rolls toward the chicane during practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Friday March 27 2015. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud heads toward Turn 2 during practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Friday March 27 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud enters Turn 11 during practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Friday March 27 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.