Indy 500 field becoming clearer as race approaches

Published On August 6, 2020 | By John Haverlin | News, Top Posts

Later this month, the 104th Indianapolis 500 will take place. However, it will be an unprecedented version of the race as no fans will be in attendance for the Aug. 23 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, NASCAR team Rick Ware Racing announced a partnership with Dale Coyne Racing, Byrd Racing, and Belardi Racing to field James Davison in the race. There are now 32 confirmed entries, although more may be announced in the coming days before the first practice on Aug. 12.

Team Penske (4 cars)

Josef Newgarden, Hélio Castroneves, Will Power, and Simon Pagenaud will run for The Captain. Newgarden looks to win his first 500 while Castroneves hopes for a record-tying fourth.

Chip Ganassi Racing (3 cars)

Five-time IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon looks to win his second 500 alongside Swedish teammates Felix Rosenqvist and Marcus Ericsson, both making their second starts in the spectacle.

Andretti Autosport (6 cars)

Michael Andretti’s team will field six cars driven by 2014 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2016 winner Alexander Rossi, Marco Andretti, Zach Veach, Colton Herta, and James Hinchcliffe.

A.J. Foyt Enterprises (3 cars)

Charlie Kimball will drive the No. 4, while 2013 race winner Tony Kanaan is set to make his final 500 start in the No. 14. Rookie Dalton Kellett will pilot the No. 41.

Arrow McLaren SP (3 cars)

The two most recent Indy Lights champions Pato O’Ward and Oliver Askew will both make their debut in this year’s running while two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso returns for his third attempt, driving the No. 66.

Carlin (1 car)

Max Chilton will make his only oval start of 2020 in the 500 piloting the No. 59.

Dale Coyne Racing (3 cars)

2019 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Santino Ferrucci returns with DCR in a partnership with Vasser-Sullivan. Alex Palou will make his first attempt with DCR and Team Goh. And Davison will run the No. 51 — a number used by RWR in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (2 cars)

Sage Karam and J.R. Hildebrand will again be the team’s two wheelmen for the 500.

Ed Carpenter Racing (3 cars)

This team’s driver lineup includes Carpenter, rookie Rinus VeeKay and Conor Daly. Notably, Daly’s lead engineer will be former NASCAR champion crew chief Cole Pearn, who retired at the end of last season.

Meyer Shank Racing (1 car)

Jack Harvey will drive the No. 60 for this primarily sportscar-based team. It has a technical alliance with Andretti Autosport.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (3 cars)

Graham Rahal and 2017 winner Takuma Sato will return, and Spencer Pigot joins in a joint effort with Citrone/Buhl Autosport.

Other teams that could attempt the 500 include sportscar team DragonSpeed, who is yet to announce a driver. It made its debut last year with Ben Hanley.

Juncos Racing will need sponsorship to run the event. The team shocked the racing world last year when Kyle Kaiser bumped Alonso and McLaren in qualifying. Drivers who competed last year without anything set right now include Pippa Mann and Oriol Servia.

Photo: John Cote / INDYCAR Media

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— a Long Island, New York native, is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he studied communication and journalism. Since 2013, he has covered auto racing’s various forms, including NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula 1, IMSA, and Formula E. During his downtime, he likes to play his Les Paul guitar, hit the golf course and watch the New York Mets.

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