Indianapolis 500 Entry List Unofficially Set

Photo Credit: Bret Kelley/IndyCar

With the assumption that 1996 Indianapolis 500 champion Buddy Lazier and Lazier Partners Racing will make up the 33rd and presumed final entry, the Indy 500 entry list should be final after months of speculation.

This year’s entry list features several new teams including Juncos Racing, an Indy Lights standout team who purchased most of their equipment from the now defunct KV Racing.

Michael Shank, a name popular with sports car fans, is making his foray into Verizon IndyCar Series team ownership by partnering with Andretti Autosport to field a car for Jack Harvey.

The entry list for the 101st Indianapolis 500 also includes international two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso, who opted to skip the Monaco GP in favor of competing in his first Indy 500. The 35-year-old Spaniard will also run for Andretti Autosport in conjunction with McLaren Honda, his F1 team. Alonso has already completed the rookie orientation program ahead of his debut race on an oval.

Alonso won’t be the only rookie in the race, though. Ed Jones, competing full-time for Dale Coyne Racing, will make his first Indy 500 attempt. The 2016 Indy Lights champion has shown a lot of promise, and a few flashes of brilliance in a short IndyCar stint. Joining them will be other Indy Lights standouts Zach Veach and the aforementioned Harvey.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, who won earlier this year at Long Beach with James Hinchcliffe, is bringing a third car to Indianapolis for Jay Howard. Howard will race alongside Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin in his first IndyCar race since 2011.

This year’s Memorial Day weekend race will feature drivers from 12 different countries.

101st Indianapolis 500 Projected Entry List

Team Driver Engine
Andretti Autosport (6) No. 26 – Takuma Sato 
No. 27 – Marco Andretti 
No. 28 – Ryan Hunter-Reay 
No. 29 – Fernando Alonso* 
No. 50 – Jack Harvey* 
No. 98 – Alexander Rossi 
Honda
Team Penske (5) No. 1 – Simon Pagenaud 
No. 2 – Josef Newgarden 
No. 3 – Helio Castroneves 
No. 12 – Will Power 
No. 22 – Juan Pablo Montoya 
Chevrolet
Chip Ganassi Racing (4) No. 8 – Max Chilton 
No. 9 – Scott Dixon 
No. 10 – Tony Kanaan 
No. 83 – Charlie Kimball 
Honda
AJ Foyt Racing (3) No. 4 – Conor Daly 
No. 14 – Carlos Munoz 
No. 40 – Zach Veach* 
Chevrolet
Dale Coyne Racing (3) No. 18 – Sebastien Bourdais 
No. 19 – Ed Jones* 
No. 63 – Pippa Mann 
Honda
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (3) No. 5 – James Hinchcliffe 
No. 7 – Mikhail Aleshin 
No. 77 – Jay Howard 
Honda
Ed Carpenter Racing (2) No. 20 – Ed Carpenter 
No. 21 – J.R. Hildebrand 
Chevrolet
Juncos Racing (2) No. 11 – Spencer Pigot 
No. 17 – Sebastian Saavedra 
Chevrolet
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (2) No. 15 – Graham Rahal 
No. 16 – Oriol Servia 
Honda
Dreyer & Reinbold/Kingdom Racing (1) No. 24 – Sage Karam  Chevrolet
Harding Racing (1) No. 88 – Gabby Chaves  Chevrolet
Lazier Partners Racing (1) No. ? – Buddy Lazier  Chevrolet
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A 20-year-old from Ontario, Canada, Tyson Lautenschlager is a second-year journalism student at Humber College in Toronto. He is currently the managing editor of OnPitRoad.

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