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Bump Day Bumped In Indy 500 Numbers Game

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Monday, May 16 2016
With only 33 cards and drivers entered for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, there will be no Bump Day in qualifying. (INDYCAR/LAT USA file photo)

With only 33 cards and drivers entered for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, there will be no Bump Day in qualifying. (INDYCAR/LAT USA file photo)

Scratch “Bump Day” and its inherent drama from this weekend’s qualifying schedule at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

A field of 33 drivers has been named for 33 cars entered in the historic 100th running of the bugindy500Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 29. That’s just enough to fill the traditional 33-car field and eliminate the bumping process of the slowest car during the final day of time trials.

“Wish I was still driving, but I don’t know if I could pass the physical,” A.J. Foyt Jr., first four-time winner of the Indy 500, told RacinToday.com in the lead-up to the Month of May last week. “Super Tex,” 81, retired in 1993 after making 35 consecutive starts at IMS.

Monday’s opening day of practice began with the Rookie Orientation Program and veteran refresher instruction, followed by practice open to all cars until 6 p.m. Practice is scheduled to continue through Friday. Four-lap/10-mile qualification runs, another Indy 500 tradition, will take place Saturday and Sunday. Another practice session is booked for May 23.

Carb Day, which includes the final one-hour practice before the race, is set for May 27. The Indy 500 will be broadcast on ABC and the INDYCAR Radio Network (11 a.m., ET).

Honda will provide 17 of the entries with engines and aerodynamic bodywork kits, while Chevrolet will provide 16 entries with aero kits and engines.

Six drivers whose images are immortalized on the famed Borg-Warner Trophy for winning “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” are among those named to filed entries. The former champions include multiple winners Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002 and 2009) and Juan Pablo Montoya (2000 and 2015) of Team Penske. Other past Indy 500 winners entered are Buddy Lazier (1996) of Lazier/Burns Racing; Scott Dixon (2008) and Tony Kanaan (2013) of Chip Ganassi Racing Teams and Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014) of Andretti Autosport.

“So, what does it mean to win the Indy 500? It definitely changes your life,” Kanaan said during a recent aero test at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. “Having won at Indianapolis, everybody understands that if you’ve won a few races around the world, that’s one that stands out. But I think it’s more of the memories, and not just for yourself. The other day I was in a car with an Uber driver and he was 50 or 60 and he had been going to the race for 45 or 50 years and now he’s taking his son _ he had gone with his dad _ just the generational impact that it has in Indianapolis but throughout the world is pretty special.

“This year I think people are putting a lot of emphasis on the 100th but I’m pretty sure if we ask any driver which one you want to win, you just want to win one.”

Castroneves will try to join one of the most exclusive clubs in worldwide motorsports _ four-time winners of the Indianapolis 500. Castroneves is attempting to become the fourth four-time winner, joining A.J. Foyt  Jr. (1961, 1964, 1967, 1977), Al Unser (1970, 1971, 1978, 1987) and Rick Mears (1979, 1984, 1988, 1991).

A total of 19 drivers entered have won at least one race in Indy car competition, including IndyCar Series point-leader Simon Pagenaud, winner of Saturday’s third annual Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the IMS road course. Seven entered drivers have won Indy car season championships.

“This year’s Indy 500 field contains all of the ingredients and storylines of a legendary race and sets the stage for this historic 100th running,” said IMS President J. Douglas Boles.

Indy car season champions entered include four-time/reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champ Dixon (2003, 2008, 2013 and 2015); four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais (2004-2007), Montoya (CART 1999) and Verizon IndyCar Series title-winners Lazier (2000), Kanaan (2004), Hunter-Reay (2012) and Will Power (2014).

Five rookies with diverse credentials also are assigned to cars, including reigning Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires champion Spencer Pigot, aspiring Formula One driver Alexander Rossi and Mazda Road to Indy graduates Stefan Wilson, Matt Brabham and Max Chilton.

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Official entry list for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29th at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. List includes car number in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car name and aero kit/engine and team entrant:

(2) Juan Pablo Montoya (W), Bogota, Colombia, Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet/Team Penske

(3) Helio Castroneves (W), Sao Paulo, Brazil, Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet/Team Penske

(4) Buddy Lazier (W), Vail, Colo., Lazier/Burns Racing Chevrolet/Lazier/Burns Racing

(5) James Hinchcliffe, Toronto, Canada, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

(6) JR Hildebrand, Sausalito, Calif., Preferred Freezer Fuzzy Vodka Chevrolet/ Ed Carpenter Racing

(7) Mikhail Aleshin, Moscow, Russia, SMP Racing Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

(8) Max Chilton (R), Reigate, England, Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing Teams

(9) Scott Dixon (W), Auckland, New Zealand, Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing Teams

(10) Tony Kanaan (W), Salvador, Brazil, NTT Data Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing Teams

(11) Sebastien Bourdais, Le Mans, France, Team Hydroxycut Chevrolet/KVSH Racing

(12) Will Power, Toowoomba, Australia, Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet/Team Penske

(14) Takuma Sato, Tokyo, Japan, ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda/ A.J. Foyt Enterprises

(15) Graham Rahal, New Albany, Ohio, Steak ‘n Shake Honda/Rahal Letterman Lanigan with Theodore Racing

(16) Spencer Pigot (R), Orlando, Fla., RLL/Mi-Jack/Manitowoc Honda/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

(18) Conor Daly, Noblesville, Ind., Dale Coyne Racing Honda/Dale Coyne Racing

(19) Gabby Chaves, Bogota, Colombia, Dale Coyne Racing Honda/Dale Coyne Racing

(20) Ed Carpenter, Indianapolis, Ind., Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet/Ed Carpenter Racing

(21) Josef Newgarden, Hendersonville, Tenn., Preferred Freezer Chevrolet/Ed Carpenter Racing

(22) Simon Pagenaud, Montmorillon, France, Menards Team Penske Chevrolet/Team Penske

(24) Sage Karam, Nazareth, Pa., DRR-Kingdom Racing Chevrolet/DRR-Kingdom Racing

(25) Stefan Wilson (R), Sheffield, England, Driven2savelives – KVRT Chevrolet/KV Racing Technology

(26) Carlos Munoz, Bogota, Colombia, Andretti Autosport Honda/Andretti Autosport

(27) Marco Andretti, Nazareth, Pa., Snapple Honda/Andretti Autosport

(28) Ryan Hunter-Reay (W), Fort Lauderdale, Fla., DHL Honda/Andretti Autosport

(29) Townsend Bell, San Luis Obispo, Calif., Andretti Autosport Honda/Andretti Autosport

(35) Alex Tagliani, Lechenaie, Canada, Alfe Heat Treating Special Honda/A.J. Foyt Enterprises

(41) Jack Hawksworth, Bradford, England, ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda/A.J. Foyt Enterprises

(42) Charlie Kimball, Camarillo, Calif., Tresiba Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing Teams

(61) Matt Brabham (R), Gold Coast, Australia, PIRTEK Team Murray Chevrolet/PIRTEK Team Murray

(63) Pippa Mann, Ipswich, England, Susan G. Komen Honda/Dale Coyne Racing

(77) Oriol Servia, Pals, Catalonia, Spain, Lucas Oil Special Honda/Schmidt Peterson with Marotti Racing

(88) Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, Ind., Cancer Treatment Centers of America Honda/Dale Coyne/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing

(98) Alexander Rossi (R), Nevada City, Calif., Castrol Edge/Curb Honda/Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian

Note _All cars use fourth-generation Verizon IndyCar Series chassis (Dallara IR12) with Chevrolet, Dallara or Honda aerodynamic bodywork kits, Chevrolet or Honda engines and Firestone tires.

(R) _ Denotes Sunoco Indy 500 Rookie of the Year candidate; (W) _ Denotes Indianapolis 500 winner

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Monday, May 16 2016
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