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.
AJ Allmendinger won five Champ Car races from 2004-06 before turning to NASCAR racing. Tristan Vautier is the reigning Firestone Indy Lights champion, while Carlos Munoz has won two of the first three Firestone Indy Lights races this season and leads the championship. Conor Daly from Noblesville won the 2010 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, won in 2011 at Long Beach in Firestone Indy Lights and won a race in 2012 in GP3, one of the ladder series for Formula One.
Plenty of talent that recently advanced through the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system also was assigned to cars, including three Firestone Indy Lights champions — JR Hildebrand (2009), Josef Newgarden (‘11) and Vautier (‘12). Other recent Firestone Indy Lights graduates on the entry list include Marco Andretti, Ana Beatriz, Ed Carpenter, Daly, James Hinchcliffe, Charlie Kimball, Pippa Mann, Munoz, Graham Rahal and Sebastian Saavedra.
Three women were among the drivers named to entries: 2010 Chase Rookie of the Year Simona De Silvestro, Beatriz, and Mann.
Andretti Autosport is involved in five entries, more than any other team. Andretti Autosport is fielding cars for Andretti, Beatriz, Hinchcliffe and Hunter-Reay, while Team Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM has entered a car for E.J. Viso.
Former race winners (3): Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002, 2009), Dario Franchitti (2007, 2010, 2012), Scott Dixon (2008).
Former pole winners (5): Helio Castroneves (2003, 2007, 2009, 2010), Ryan Briscoe (2012), Tony Kanaan (2005), Scott Dixon (2008), Alex Tagliani (2011).
Rookies (4): AJ Allmendinger, Conor Daly, Carlos Munoz, Tristan Vautier.
Youngest: Carlos Munoz, 21.
Oldest: Dario Franchitti, 39. (Franchitti turns 40 on May 19, seven days before Race Day.)
Most previous starts: Helio Castroneves, 12.
Car Driver Hometown Car Name Engine Entrant
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Fort Lauderdale, Fla. DHL Chevrolet Andretti Autosport
2 AJ Allmendinger (R) Los Gatos, Calif. IZOD Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske
3 Helio Castroneves (W) Sao Paulo Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske
4 JR Hildebrand Sausalito, Calif. National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet Panther Racing
5 E.J. Viso Caracas, Venezuela Team Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM Chevrolet Team Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM
6 Sebastian Saavedra Bogota, Colombia Dragon Racing Chevrolet Dragon Racing
7 Sebastien Bourdais Le Mans, France Dragon Racing Chevrolet Dragon Racing
8 Ryan Briscoe Sydney NTT DATA Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
9 Scott Dixon (W) Auckland, N. Zealand Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Target Chip Ganassi Racing
10 Dario Franchitti (W) Edinburgh, Scotland Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Target Chip Ganassi Racing 10
11 Tony Kanaan Salvador, Brazil Hydroxycut KV Racing Technology-SH Racing Chevrolet KV Racing Technology
12 Will Power Toowoomba, Australia Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske
14 Takuma Sato Tokyo ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Racing Honda A.J. Foyt Enterprises
15 Graham Rahal New Albany, Ohio Midas/Big O Tires Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan
16 James Jakes Leeds, England Acorn Stairlifts Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan
17 Michel Jourdain Jr. Mexico City Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan
18 Ana Beatriz Sao Paulo Ipiranga Honda Dale Coyne Racing
19 Justin Wilson Sheffield, England Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dale Coyne Racing
20 Ed Carpenter Indianapolis Fuzzy's Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Ed Carpenter Racing
21 Josef Newgarden Hendersonville, Tenn. Sarah Fisher Hartman/Century 21 Honda Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
22 Oriol Servia Pals, Spain Panther DRR Chevrolet Panther DRR
25 Marco Andretti Nazareth, Pa. RC Cola Chevrolet Andretti Autosport
26 Carlos Munoz (R) Bogota, Colombia Unistraw Chevrolet Andretti Autosport
27 James Hinchcliffe Toronto GoDaddy Chevrolet Andretti Autosport
40 TBA Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Ed Carpenter Racing
41 Conor Daly (R) Noblesville, Ind. ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Racing Honda A.J. Foyt Enterprises
60 Townsend Bell San Luis Obispo, Calif. Sunoco "Turbo" Panther Racing Chevrolet Panther Racing
55 Tristan Vautier (R) Corenc, France Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
77 Simon Pagenaud Poitiers, France Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports
78 Simona de Silvestro Thun, Switzerland Nuclear Entergy Areva KVRT Chevrolet KV Racing Technology
83 Charlie Kimball Camarillo, Calif. NovoLog FlexPen Honda Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing
98 Alex Tagliani Lachenaie, Quebec Team Barracuda-BHA Honda Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian
TBA Pippa Mann Ipswich, England Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dale Coyne Racing
All cars use fourth-generation IZOD IndyCar Series Dallara chassis (IR-12) and Firestone tires.
(R) - Denotes Chase Rookie of the Year Candidate (W) - Denotes Indianapolis