It is that time of year again: The NTT IndyCar Series prepares for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing as teams enter the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Thirty-three cars are entered to have a shot at kissing the bricks at one of the most prestigious races in the world. Barring any entry list changes, there will be no bumping in this year’s Indy 500 qualifying, as 33 cars will make the race.
Tony Kanaan will seek to win his second Indy 500 with Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 1 entry. Juan Pablo Montoya is yearning to earn his third career victory at the famous track, this time in the No. 6 Team Penske entry. Helio Castronoves will seek a record-setting fifth victory in the race driving for Meyer Shank Racing in the No. 06 entry.
Seven rookies will seek the grace the yard of bricks in their first attempt. They include: Kyle Kirkwood, driving the No. 14 for AJ Foyt Enterprises; David Malukas for Dale Coyne Racing with HMD in the No. 18; Romain Grosjean in the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport; Devlin DeFrancesco driving the No. 29 for Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport; Christian Lundgaard in the No. 30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing entry; Jimmie Johnson, making his first Indy 500 start in Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 48; and Callum Ilott with Juncos Hollinger Racing in the No. 77.
Both Andretti and CGR will field five entries in the event.
Practice begins at IMS on May 17-20 and concludes with a session on May 23. Qualifying is set for May 21-22.
The Indy 500 is scheduled to take place on May 29, with coverage beginning at 11 a.m. ET on NBC. Drivers will take the green starting at 12:45 p.m. ET.
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Luken Glover arrived on the Frontstretch scene in 2020. He has been an avid NASCAR fan for the majority of his life, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, who used to help former team owner Junie Donlavey in his garage. Glover covers news for the site and took over "The Underdog House" column in 2021. In addition to being a college junior, his hobbies include volunteering at church, playing basketball and tennis, racing go-karts, and helping at his high school alma mater.
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