INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, Andretti Autosport announced that Conor Daly will drive their fifth entry for the upcoming Indianapolis 500. Daly, will pilot the No. 25 Honda.
With that being said, many questions are coming, like how many entries do we have now and how many are also left?
To my count, Wednesday’s announcement brought us to 31 entries for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. I’ll list out each confirmed entry below. Also, I have a potential to see eight and possibly nine more cars added between now and May. I’ll list those out below too.
The most realistic number that I can see happening is 37 cars. The other three are a bit of a stretch but I wouldn’t necessarily count them out either.
Team Penske (4) – Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, Josef Newgarden, Helio Castroneves. This team is set with no expansion.
Ed Carpenter Racing/Scuderia Corsa (3) – Ed Carpenter, Spencer Pigot, Ed Jones. Unless someone comes along with some money, ie Danica Patrick last year, this team is set with three. Remember, Fuzzy’s isn’t sponsoring ECR this year, so they can’t add a car just to add one.
Carlin (2) – Max Chilton, Charlie Kimball. We know Kimball’s entry is part time but one of the part time races is at Indy. More on them later.
AJ Foyt Racing (2) – Matheus Leist, Tony Kanaan. Both Brazilian drivers are back and a third car is possible again. More on them later too.
McLaren (1) – Fernando Alonso. This will be the most popular team in May. Could they add a second car though?
Juncos (1) – Driver is TBA. We know they will be back in May, but in what capacity. At the very least, they’ll have one car.
DragonSpeed (1) – Ben Hanley. This team has already announced their intentions to run a part time schedule and Hanley will be the driver.
Andretti Autosport (5) – Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, Zach Veach, Conor Daly. Michael Andretti said while there’s a possibility of running a sixth car in May, he doesn’t see it happening.
Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing (3) – Graham Rahal, Takuma Sato, Jordan King R
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports/Meyer Shank Racing (3) – James Hinchcliffe, Marcus Ericsson R, Jack Harvey. I didn’t add the fourth car for Robert Wickens out of respect but there is a possibility he makes a miraculous comeback and runs. Harvey and MSR is back again too.
Chip Ganassi Racing (2) – Scott Dixon, Felix Rosenqvist R. Unless Kurt Busch, Rico Abreu or Kyle Larson run, this team is set at two.
Dale Coyne Racing (2) – Sebastien Bourdais, Santino Ferrucci R. We know DCR will at least be adding one more car, but could he be adding a fourth car again?
Harding/Steinbrenner Racing (2) – Colton Herta R, Pato O’Ward R. This team is set with no expansion.
Possible Entries (8-9)
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (1-2) – They had two cars at Indy last year and all signs point to them running both again. The same two drivers make sense but Sage Karam could have other offers too.
Dale Coyne Racing (1-2) – Pippa Mann is close to have the funding to return again for the seventh consecutive year. The team ran four cars last year and want to again in 2019. The only thing to allow that though will be funding. Sage Karam, Carlos Munoz, Kyle Kaiser, Stefan Wilson and Gabby Chaves are all possibilities.
AJ Foyt Racing (1) – We know they’re adding a third car. There are a few possibilities here.
SPM (1) – They have a car ready. Do they use it? They’ve ran four cars before and could do so again. Jay Howard and Team One Cure could return again. What about Munoz or some others?
Carlin (1) – Trevor Carlin said at the end of last year that he was 70-30 on running a third car. But, with Kimball’s entry only being part time, do they have the funding for a third car anymore?
Juncos (1) – We know they have another chassis they want to use. There’s a possibility they do so. Munoz, Karam, Kaiser, Rene Binder, Wilson and Chaves make sense.
Byrd Racing (1) – We know they want to come back with James Davison. Do they come back on their own or partner with one of the teams above?
Belardi (1) – They have interest but would need to team up like they did with Byrd and Foyt last year. Zachary Claman DeMelo would make a ton of sense as he impressed as a rookie last year and now drivers for them in Indy Lights for this upcoming season.