INDIANAPOLIS — JR Hildebrand will drive a fourth AJ Foyt Racing entry in next month’s 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500. But, who else is joining him?
Hildebrand becomes the 32nd driver entered with 33 cars already on the entry list. The lone car without a driver is the No. 52 Honda at Dale Coyne Racing/Rick Ware Racing. Cody Ware will take to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday to complete his rookie orientation program with all signs pointing to the rookie being in that car back here next month.
We know there will be bumping as Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will have at least one car. Sage Karam is testing the No. 24 Chevrolet this week as both sides are close for a return for Karam to the car. With Hildebrand going to Foyt, some rumors are floating that DRR will just run one car next month then. Either way, this is the 34th car.
Andretti Autosport is close to having a sixth car again to jump this list up to 35. Top Gun Racing has stated their intentions to run RC Enerson and all signs are looking like they will, but they’ve yet to formally announce anything. That would make 36.
That then leaves Carlin if they choose to run a second car and anyone else to bump this north of 36.
For those that are on it, we know that every Indy 500 winner since 2013 is here again. There’s 13 Indy 500 wins already on the entry list. Also, the entire top 14 of last years finishing order is back. Plus, you add a two-time Indy 500 champion back to the fold that wasn’t here a year ago too.
That could make this one of the toughest fields to get into this year in the 105 year history of this event. I know the glory years saw more cars go home than starting spots, but their depth from top to the bottom wasn’t like this. The speeds weren’t as close to each other then either. The disparity from first to last over four laps now can be separated by a slight bobble on one of your laps.
Throw in high class drivers in every ride and you get what should be a memorable Month of May this year with the best field to ever grace us at the Brickyard.
With the 33 cars on the list, 25 of them are full time and the other 8 part time rides.
AJ Foyt Racing has Hildebrand and Charlie Kimball as their part time drivers. Rick Ware Racing will have an additional car with DCR again. Pietro Fittipaldi will drive one of them, the full time entry in a shared role with Romain Grosjean with the second car a TBA at the moment. ECR has a third for Daly. AA has a fifth for Marco Andretti and a potential sixth coming soon. Arrow McLaren SP has hired Juan Pablo Montoya in a third ride. Paretta Autosport brings Simona de Silvestro.
That’s 32 drivers for 33 confirmed cars.
Entries So Far
Team Penske (4) – Josef Newgarden (No. 2), Scott McLaughlin (No. 3), Will Power No. 12), Simon Pagenaud (No. 22)
AJ Foyt Racing (4) – JR Hildebrand (No. 1)Dalton Kellett (No. 4), Charlie Kimball (No. 11), Sebastien Bourdais (No. 14)
Arrow McLaren SP (3) – Pato O’Ward (No. 5), Felix Rosenqvist (No. 7), Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 68)
Ed Carpenter Racing (3) – Ed Carpenter (No. 20), Rinus VeeKay (No. 21), Conor Daly (Number TBA)
Carlin (1) – Max Chilton (No. 59)
Paretta Autosport (1) – Simona de Silvestro (No. 16)
Andretti Autosport (5) – Colton Herta (No. 26), Alexander Rossi (No. 27), Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28), James Hinchcliffe (No. 29), Marco Andretti (No. 98)
Chip Ganassi Racing (4) – Marcus Ericsson (No. 8), Scott Dixon (No. 9), Alex Palou (No. 10), Tony Kanaan (No. 48)
Dale Coyne Racing (3) – Ed Jones (No. 18 Honda), Pietro Fittipaldi (No. 51 Honda), No. 52 Honda (open)
Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing (3) – Graham Rahal (No. 15), Takuma Sato (No. 30), Santino Ferrucci (No. 45 Honda)
Meyer Shank Racing (2) – Helio Castroneves (No. 06), Jack Harvey (No. 60)
Part Time (8)
No. 88 Honda – The car is there, do they have the funding to go back to part time with maybe and Indy only entry? Could be part of the additional Andretti entry.
No. 24 Chevrolet – Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (ran at least 1 car for every Indy 500 since 2000)
DRR – 2nd car (ran this car for 3 straight years)
Buhl Cirtrone – ran Pigot with RLL last year. Do they run on their own or team up with another existing team for an extra car?
Top Gun Racing? – Was supposed to show up last year but ran out of time. Do they try again this May? They say all the right things but have no made official announcement for them or RC Enerson yet.
Byrd Racing? – Has had a car in each of the last 3 years for James Davison and in 2015 and 2016 for Bryan Clauson. Do they come back for the 6th time in the last 7 years? Odds are if they do, it will be an alliance.
Juncos Racing? – Sold a car to another team, so do they even have enough parts and a car left?
Notable Non Rookie Drivers Available
Oriol Servia – 11 starts, best finish 4th (2012), last start came in 2019
Sage Karam – 7 starts, best finish 9th (2014) – drove for DRR in 6 of 7 years
Spencer Pigot – 5 starts, best finish 14th (2019)
Zach Veach – 4 starts, best finish 15th (2020)
Oliver Askew – 1 starts (2020) – finished 30th. Won the 2019 Freedom 100