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May 10, 2013

Three winners, four series champions in 97th Indianapolis 500 field

Franchitti, Castroneves aim to join four-time winners’ club

INDIANAPOLIS — Three past winners and four IZOD IndyCar Series champions are among the drivers named to the 33 entries filed for the 2013 Indianapolis 500, scheduled for May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Helio Castroneves of Team Penske are the past winners assigned to cars.

Franchitti and Castroneves are three-time winners of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," with Franchitti triumphing in 2007, ‘10 and ‘12 and Castroneves in 2001, ‘02 and ‘09.

This is the first year since 1987 in which two drivers with three victories will try to join one of the most exclusive clubs in worldwide motorsports — four-time winners of the Indianapolis 500. Franchitti and Castroneves are attempting to become just the fourth four-time winner of the race, joining A.J. Foyt (1961, ‘64, ‘67, ‘77), Al Unser (1970, ‘71, ‘78, ‘87) and Rick Mears (1979, ‘84, ‘88, ‘91).

IZOD IndyCar Series champions assigned to cars include reigning champion Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport, Franchitti (2007, ‘09, ‘10, ‘11), Dixon (2003, ‘08) and Tony Kanaan (2004) of KV Racing Technology. Four-time Champ Car champion Sebastian Bourdais also is entered in a Dragon Racing car.

Thirty-two drivers have been named to the 33 entries filed this year. Chevrolet engines will power 17 entries, Honda 16. All entries use Dallara chassis and Firestone tires.

The 97th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to start at noon (ET) on the historic 2.5-mile oval. It will be the first oval race of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season. ESPN on ABC, the IMS Radio Network and Sirius XM 211 will broadcast the race live starting at 11 a.m.

Opening Day is scheduled for May 11.

There is outstanding depth and quality in this year’s field. Besides three past race winners and four IZOD IndyCar Series champions, 17 of the 32 drivers named to entries have won at least one race in either IZOD IndyCar Series or Champ Car World Series/CART competition.

Four rookies with impressive credentials are assigned to cars.

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