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Post by JMac525 on Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:05 pm

I apologize if this is too early to post, but we're starting to get confirmation on who will be in a few of the one-offs, so I thought I'd put them all on here and update the entry list periodically.

Drivers and cars in italics are not confirmed, but have rumored heavily for said car and team. Bold represents confirmed one-offs.

Team Penske (Chevrolet)
-1- Simon Pagenaud (Menards)
-2- Josef Newgarden (Miller Lite)
-3- Helio Castroneves (Shell V-Power)
-12- Will Power (Verizon Wireless)
-22- Juan Pablo Montoya (Penske Truck Rental)

A.J. Foyt Enterprises (Chevrolet)
-4- Conor Daly (ABC Supply Co.)
-14- Carlos Munoz (ABC Supply Co.)
-40- Zach Veach (Alfe Heat Training)

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (Honda)
-5- James Hinchcliffe (Arrow Electronics)
-7- Mikhail Aleshin (SMP Bank)
-77- Jay Howard (Tony Stewart Foundation)

Ed Carpenter Racing (Chevrolet)
-20- Ed Carpenter (Fuzzy's Vodka)
-21- J.R. Hildebrand (Preferred Freezer Service)

Chip Ganassi Racing (Honda)
-8- Max Chilton (J. Arthur Gallagher & Co.)
-9- Scott Dixon (GE LED Lighting / NTT Data)
-10- Tony Kanaan (NTT Data)
-83- Charlie Kimball (Tresiba)

Juncos Racing (Chevrolet)
-11- Spencer Pigot (TBA)
-17- Sebastian Saavedra (AFS)

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (Honda)
-15- Graham Rahal (PennGrade 1 / Steak 'n Shake)
-16- Oriol Servia (Mi-Jack)

Dale Coyne Racing (Honda)
-18- Sebastien Bourdais (Sonny's BBQ)
-19- Ed Jones (Boy Scouts of America)
-63- Pippa Mann (Susan G. Komen)

Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing (Chevrolet)
-24- Sage Karam (Gas Monkey)

Andretti Autosport (Honda)
-26- Takuma Sato (Panasonic)
-27- Marco Andretti (United Fiber & Data)
-28- Ryan Hunter-Reay (DHL)
-50- Jack Harvey
-25- Fernando Alonso

Larry Curry / Harding Group (Chevrolet)
-88- Gabby Chaves (TBA)

Lazier Partners Racing (Chevrolet)
-91- Buddy Lazier (TBA)

Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb / Agajanian (Honda)
-98- Alexander Rossi (NAPA Auto Parts)


Drivers looking for rides:
Stefan Wilson
Zachary Claman DeMelo
Katherine Legge
Gustavo Yacaman
Matthew Brabham
James Davison
Townsend Bell

Some sources here. Ed Carpenter has stated his team will only field two cars in this year's field due to lack of available chassis due to Newgarden's Texas wreck last year. http://www.racer.com/indycar/item/139173-first-look-at-the-indy-500-grid?showall=&limitstart=

Zach Veach confirmed for the third Foyt car today: http://www.espn.com/racing/story/_/id/19104938/aj-foyt-racing-enter-zach-veach-indianapolis-500

UPDATE 2: Gabby Chaves and new Harding Racing Team confirmed. The group was the last company to help with repaving IMS. They will have a technical alliance with Dreyer and Reinbold Racing.
http://www.indycar.com/News/2017/04/...Indy-500-entry

Jack Harvey, according to RACER, looks to be a solid favorite for the last Andretti ride.


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Re: 2017 Indianapolis 500

Post by JMac525 on Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:44 pm

I have added Fernando Alonso. As it's been covered pretty well in the other topic, I will not post a link this time.
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Re: 2017 Indianapolis 500

Post by pennst24 on Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:12 pm

Harvey will be in car #50, it looks as though Alonso will be in the #29 or #25.
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Post by AntmanB on Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:26 pm

we may actually get bumping :O
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Post by mtrimmer365 on Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:33 pm

pennst24 wrote:Harvey will be in car #50, it looks as though Alonso will be in the #29 or #25.

Alonso will be in the 29

Also, Pastor Maldonado will likely be in the second Juncos car (though not confirmed) no numbers for Juncos have been confirmed either. Jeff Simmons and Tiago Monteiro are also two drivers that are rumored to be looking for rides as well. There are also rumors that Townsend Bell has retired (this one I heard is likely). Will Marotti is also looking for a car and driver, possibly to partner with someone again. Gustavo Yacaman is my guess for that seat if that team materializes once again.
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Re: 2017 Indianapolis 500

Post by JMac525 on Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:15 pm

pennst24 wrote:Harvey will be in car #50, it looks as though Alonso will be in the #29 or #25.

Thanks! I'll change the numbers around to their actual numbers.

I've been keeping an eye on the Juncos situation and heard the Pastor Maldonado whispers as well. Jeff Simmons would be super random, but interesting. I've seen Saavedra attached to the ride with AFS money too. The team's Facebook page posted a status in Spanish stating they're looking for a bit more funding, so looks like we may have to wait a bit longer to receive any official news.
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Post by mtrimmer365 on Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:20 pm

A little story I would like to share

Back in the 2013 Indianapolis 500, my dad was fueling James Jakes back when he worked at Rahal before Andretti. While Jakes was actually leading during a pace lap, he had to come in for a pit stop. Jakes actually hit my father coming into his stall. Thankfully, no injuries were sustained. Jakes then later had to come in for a penalty for the collision, and responded over his radio "Since when is there a penalty for hitting a crew member?".

Here is a video:


Also, Fernando Alonso will be driving the number 29. Andretti has stopped using the 25 after the death of Justin Wilson. Stefan Wilson has also said he is no longer in the ride hunt for Indy.
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Re: 2017 Indianapolis 500

Post by zfitzwater599 on Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:47 am

mtrimmer365 wrote:A little story I would like to share

Back in the 2013 Indianapolis 500, my dad was fueling James Jakes back when he worked at Rahal before Andretti. While Jakes was actually leading during a pace lap, he had to come in for a pit stop. Jakes actually hit my father coming into his stall. Thankfully, no injuries were sustained. Jakes then later had to come in for a penalty for the collision, and responded over his radio "Since when is there a penalty for hitting a crew member?".

Here is a video:


Also, Fernando Alonso will be driving the number 29. Andretti has stopped using the 25 after the death of Justin Wilson. Stefan Wilson has also said he is no longer in the ride hunt for Indy.
Actually Stefan Wilson will be back in the Andretti Car in 2018 to give Alonso a shot this year
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Re: 2017 Indianapolis 500

Post by zfitzwater599 on Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:48 am

Stefan Wilson was the guy to put Alonso in his car for this year's Indy 500. Stefan will be back in next year's Indy 500 for Andretti Autosport with help from Shank
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Post by mtrimmer365 on Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:02 pm

zfitzwater599 wrote:Stefan Wilson was the guy to put Alonso in his car for this year's Indy 500. Stefan will be back in next year's Indy 500 for Andretti Autosport with help from Shank

I know that. I was just saying that Wilson said he is not driving at Indy this year. Also, not to be rude, but you kinda repeated yourself after you already replied to my original post.

Also, even though it doesn't go with the topic, Happy Easter everyone!
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Re: 2017 Indianapolis 500

Post by JMac525 on Thu May 04, 2017 10:19 pm

Made some quick, unconfirmed updates. Spencer Pigot is the hot rumor for the first Juncos car. Kyle Kaiser and Ryan Briscoe are officially out of the running for the second. Saveedra, Gustavo Yacaman, Stefan Wilson, and James Davison have been mentioned.
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Re: 2017 Indianapolis 500

Post by day500champ1 on Fri May 05, 2017 5:50 am

I can happily say that I'll be there for the first time ever. No, I'm not excited. Not at all. *walks away and yells out in joy*.
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Re: 2017 Indianapolis 500

Post by Alpineopossum on Tue May 09, 2017 4:00 pm

Two pieces of news today:

- Juncos Racing, which added an Indycar program after buying out KV Racing Technology, will field two cars for Sebastian Saavedra and Spencer Pigot. Saavedra will be supported by AFS Racing, which backed an entry for Saavedra in partnership with KV.
- Though it faces funding problems, Lazier Partners Racing has acquired the sponsorship to run again this year with 1996 race winner Buddy Lazier.
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Re: 2017 Indianapolis 500

Post by JMac525 on Wed May 10, 2017 3:13 pm

day500champ1 wrote:I can happily say that I'll be there for the first time ever.  No, I'm not excited.  Not at all.  *walks away and yells out in joy*.

Nice! You will definitely enjoy yourself!

And thanks, Alpineopossum, I will add the new confirmations on the first post. Looks like we have a full field.
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Post by JMac525 on Sat May 20, 2017 3:50 pm

After a long rain delay, supposedly the cars are going to start qualifying at 4:01 pm. The coverage will be on ABC/WatchESPN.
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Post by JMac525 on Sat May 20, 2017 5:34 pm

Bourdais just had a massive wreck during his possible pole run. Track is red flagged and it looks like he's having trouble getting out of the car. I hope SeaBass is alright.
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Post by mtrimmer365 on Sat May 20, 2017 5:39 pm

Hope this isn't too severe.....that was a terrible hit.
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Post by BWard on Sat May 20, 2017 5:45 pm

Absolutely horrific accident for Sebastien Bourdais. pale
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Post by SpeedDemon37 on Sat May 20, 2017 7:40 pm

That crash was absolutely horrifying to watch. I exhaled once Bourdais tried to lift his visor, and only then did I realize that I hadn't taken a breath since the impact.

What an abrupt (not to mention utterly cruel) turn of events that that was. To watch a Dale Coyne Racing car clock about a full mile per hour faster than the next-to-fastest car at Indianapolis, only to have it come crashing down so very, very suddenly.

I fear that Bourdais is hurt considering the severity of that accident, but I pray that he will recover and return to health as quickly as possible.
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Re: 2017 Indianapolis 500

Post by PackerMan71 on Sat May 20, 2017 9:18 pm

Welp, Seabass's season is toast.



From IndyCar's twitter.


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Post by zfitzwater599 on Sat May 20, 2017 9:18 pm

Bourdais has a broken pelvis and will not compete in the Indy 500
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Re: 2017 Indianapolis 500

Post by Alta on Sat May 20, 2017 9:44 pm

I'm gutted for both Bourdais and Coyne. The old lion and the underdog team have a potential dream season go up in smoke in a very frightening crash. It really sucks.

I'm glad Bourdais is okay as that angle and hit was absoulutely disgusting. Looked like Hinch's scary wreck a couple years ago.
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Post by PackerMan71 on Sat May 20, 2017 10:29 pm

Alta wrote:I'm gutted for both Bourdais and Coyne. The old lion and the underdog team have a potential dream season go up in smoke in a very frightening crash. It really sucks.

I'm glad Bourdais is okay as that angle and hit was absoulutely disgusting. Looked like Hinch's scary wreck a couple years ago.

The moment where Bourdais lost control looked eerily similar to Gordon Smiley's crash. Fortunately, it didn't go head on into the wall like Smiley's did, but it was still pretty brutal.

Hopefully, he makes a rapid recovery and gets back in the car soon.
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Re: 2017 Indianapolis 500

Post by kensethfan on Sun May 21, 2017 11:48 am

That was a vicious hit for Sebastien Bourdais. That'll sideline him for a while, I think. It's a shame, because if Dale Coyne had any hopes of winning a championship this season, it was with him.

I'm thankful that a fractured pelvis and right hip are the extent of Bourdais injuries. It means he won't be out forever, although it's difficult to recover from any significant injury like this at age 38. If Bourdais hadn't straightened the car out, he could've gone in head-on when he over-corrected, and we'd have seen something similar to Danny Ongais' '81 wreck (I won't compare it to Smiley's wreck, considering the fact that Smiley fucking died). That's not to say the angle he hit at wasn't bad enough; that impact was eerily similar to the hit that shish-kebabed James Hinchcliffe a few years ago.
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Post by Michael29Shell on Sun May 21, 2017 5:57 pm

Dixon, Carpenter, and Rossi will be on the front row.
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Post by Alta on Sun May 21, 2017 6:33 pm

Monster lap from Dixon. Fastest lap in 20 years.

Great runs by Sato and Alonso as well as shouts to Servia and Jones
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Re: 2017 Indianapolis 500

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Post by PackerMan71 on Mon May 22, 2017 3:09 pm

Mother of Invention wrote:

Everyone knows I'm not a Dixon fan, but I wouldn't wish that on anybody. That's beyond fucked up. No
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