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Indy 500 Entry List

May 1 - The car and driver entry list for the 103rd
Indianapolis 500 mile race has been released:

2019 500 ENTRY LIST

Synopsis:  There are 36 cars entered for the 33-car field.

7 previous 500 Winners entered:
Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony
Kanaan, Will Power, Alexander Rossi, Takuma Sato

7 500 Rookies entered:
Marcus Ericsson, Santino Ferrucci, Ben Hanley, Colton
Herta, Jordan King, Patricio O'Ward, Felix Rosenqvist

14 American drivers:
Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter, Conor Daly, Santino
Ferrucci, Colton Herta, JR Hildebrand, Ryan Hunter-
Reay, Sage Karam, Charlie Kimball, Josef Newgarden,
Spencer Pigot, Graham Rahal, Alexander Rossi, Zach
20 International drivers entered:
- Max Chilton, Ben Hanley, Jack Harvey, Jordan
King, Pippa Mann
Brazil -  Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Matheus Leist
Australia - James Davison, Will Power
France - Sebastien Bourdais, Simon Pagenaud
Sweden -  Marcus Ericsson, Felix Rosenqvist
Canada -  James Hinchcliffe
Japan - Takuma Sato
Mexico - Patricio O'Ward
Spain - Fernando Alonso
New Zealand - Scott Dixon
United Arab Emirates - Ed Jones

There are 18 Chevrolet engines and 18 Honda engines
Panuel Mkungo
Brett Gravatt
Ivy Kibet
Chelsea McClammer
500 Festival Mini Marathon

May 4 - For the 22nd time in 24 years, a Kenyan won the
race. Panuel Mkungo finished in front by more than two
minutes, covering the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 3 minutes,
25 seconds – an average of 4:50 per mile. He earned a total
of $3,000 -- $2,000 for victory and a $1,000 bonus for
breaking 1:05.

He won a half-marathon in 1:03:50 a week ago at
Champaign, Illinois, and “found myself winning this race,” he

He said he liked the course, which starts Downtown, runs
through the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and ends by
Military Park.

“It’s amazing here,” Mkungo said. “I love the people
cheering. It’s beautiful.”

Frank Shorter won the inaugural race in 1977, five years after
winning marathon gold at the Munich Olympics. Gabriel
Muchiri, a 27:48 runner at 10,000 meters, set a course record
in 2005. Scott Overall was third in 2007, five years before
representing Great Britain in the marathon at the London
Panuel Mkungo
May 9 - Sebastien Bourdais will have a special livery -
Geico has been an associate sponsor for him, but will be
primary sponsor for this race.
IndyCar Grand Prix
May 7 - Chicago Blackhawks goaltender and two-time
Stanley Cup champion
Corey Crawford will lead the field
to the green flag for the sixth annual IndyCar Grand Prix.

The pace car is a Corvette Grand Sport.
May 8 - Actor Justin Hartley, who stars in NBC's series
"This Is Us," will serve as honorary starter.

Hartley will wave the green flag at 3:30 p.m. (ET) to start
the 85-lap IndyCar race on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile IMS
road course.
IndyCar Grand Prix:  Official Entry List
Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am Karting Challenge

May 5 - The Dan Wheldon Kart race was held for the fourth time at the 1-mile course at the New Castle Motorsports Park.  

The teams are sponsored and consist of one professional driver and three amateurs. The race lasts 2-hours.

Fourteen IndyCar drivers competed!

Susie Wheldon organized the event.  She said getting driver involvement was the easiest part of the process.

Colton Herta won the race.  Scott Dixon finished 2nd and Conor Daly came in third.
May 10 - Colton Herta's associate sponsor GESS
International is his main sponsor at this weekend's race.
GESS is a globally established renewable energy service
company with twenty-one years of energy efficiency and
renewable energy experience.
May 11 - RACE DAY  It was a cool day in the 50's &
60s.  Sprinkles began at the start of the race.

At the start, 19th-place
Pato OWard ran into the back of
Alex Rossi which slammed him into the pit
wall severely upsetting his car.  He had to wobble around
the track and to the pits for repairs.  Rossi would spend the
day laps down, letting cars go around him and finishing last
among cars still running at the end.  O’Ward had to serve a
stop and go penalty for the “Avoidable Contact” with
Rossi.  At the front,
Jack Harvey got the jump on 5-time
Scott Dixon to take 2nd place, as Felix
powered away in first from the pole.

On Lap 14, Ex-F1 driver
Marcus Ericsson spun heading
out of the infield toward the oval track and hit the outside
wall.  He had been in 10th place.  This was the end of his
race.  It brought out a full-course caution.

On the restart, leader Rosenqvist had to get hard on the
brakes at turn 1 and his teammate Dixon slipped by him
for the lead.   And right behind them, Harvey chopped off
Herta at turn 1, spinning him around.   As cars went by
avoiding Herta,
James Hinchcliffe charged into T1 out of
control and hit
Ryan Hunter-Reay, spinning him around
and into Herta.  (Hunter-Reay was sick this weekend.)
This brought out another full-course caution.

200-seconds of push to pass adds 60 horse-power.  It can
be used in 20-second increments.  Drivers were using it
early trying to get position.

Rosenqvist's car caught fire a few times in the pits, but he
took off anyway and the wind distinguished the flames.

Lap 45 - Harvey was catching Dixon, who led, with
Pagenaud coming up in third.

Lap 55 – Newgarden was leading over O’ward, Hinch-
cliffe, Dixon, Simon Pagenaud, and Harvey.  Track was
becoming slick due to rain sprinkles.

3-time Indy 500 Winner
Helio Castroneves has been
racing sportcars for Penske.  He is in Indy this month to
race in today’s IndyCar race and in the Indy 500.  He
didn’t have any luck today, finishing in the back 2-laps
down and only Rossi behind him.  He spun off course on
lap 59 after coming out of the pits.  It brought out another
full-course yellow.  Many cars pitted and switched from
slicks to rain tires as the sprinkles had turned into a light
rain.  Castroneves finally made it out of the sand and grass
and back onto the course.

Drivers who did not put on rain tires were soon back in the
pits for those tires.

Newgarden got a drive-through penalty because his pit
crew lost control of a wheel that rolled out into the pit lane.

With 22 laps to go,
Takuma Sato spun in turn 3 into the

Lap 16 - Pagenaud passed some cars moving into 4th.  
Foyt’s sophmore driver,
Matheist Leist, was in 3rd!

With 11 laps to go, Pagenaud got around Leist.  He then
went after 2nd place Harvey, who had never raced an
IndyCar in the rain before.

On Lap 6, Pagenaud got by Harvey going into turn 1.  

While Dixon had a large lead on him, Dixon’s tires were
worn out.  Pagenaud caught up with him and with 2 laps to
go, passed Dixon for the lead and the win!
Today began with many new drivers qualifying ahead of
veterans.  To my surprise, many finished in the top ten :
3rd – Jack Harvey  (MICHAEL SHANK RACING)
4th – Matheus Leist  (AJ FOYT RACING)
5th – Spencer Pigot (ED CARPENTER RACING)
8th – Felix Rosenqvist (CHIP GANASSI RACING)
10th – Santino Ferrucci (DALE COYNE RACING)
Part-owner of a race team, David Letterman showed up today
A crowded Turn 1
Marcus Ericsson Crashed Out
Felix Rosenqvist - Team Chip Ganassi Racing
Colton Herta Got Spun in Turn 1
Simon Pagenaud, driving for Team Penske
Won his 3rd IndyCar Grand Prix
Jack Harvey had his best IndyCar race to date
Tuesday May 14th                              DAY 1                  Rookie and Veteran Practice
May 14
May 15
May 16
May 17
May 18
May 19
May 20
May 24
Will Power
Josef Newgarden
Ed Jones
Conor Daly
Spencer Pigot

Simon Pagenaud
229.745 mph
228.856 mph
226.699 mph
231.704 mph
230.083 mph

229.992 mph
May 15
May 15
May 16
May 17
May 18
Fernando Alonso
Felix Rosenqvist
Pato O'Ward
Kyle Kaiser
James Hinchcliffe
Crashed in Turn 3
Crashed in Turn 2
Crashed in Turn 2
Crashed in Turn 3
Crashed in Turn 2
TRACK MISHAPS THIS MONTH (not including Grand Prix)
He's ok
He's ok
He's ok
He's ok
He's ok
The speedway has put down some
type of new coating on the track's
surface which helps prevent tire
wear from the track's abrasive surface.
James Davison's Indy 500 helmet paying tribute to his grandfather Tony
, WWII RAF Squadron leader, founder of Goodwood Motor Circuit
and Australia's first Formula 1 driver.
The helmet cam on NBSCN coverage is
cool!  I bet that's what this is.
Practicing at the track today Included these non-regular IndyCar drivers:
May 14 - The weather was fantastic today.  It was mostly
sunny, no wind or rain and temperature was in the 60s.

ALL 36 cars entered for the race made it out onto the
track today for the first day of Indy 500 practice!
Kaiser is racing in a limited
number of IndyCar races, as is
Ben Hanley (not pictured),
Helio Castroneves and
Charlie Kimball.
Wednesday May 15th                        DAY 2                              Open Practice
Kelly Clarkson will once again sing the National Anthem
before the start of the Indy 500.

Race Conditions at noon - 64-degrees, partly cloudy, wind
SW 12 mph.
12:30 pm - Fernando Alonso was following
Graham Rahal, when he lost traction
in Turn 3.  A glancing blow spun him back-
wards into an inside wall.  He ricocheted back
across the track, the side lifting up in the air
briefly, and he smashed the left side of his car
into the outside wall.  It's likely he got caught
in dirty air off of Rahal's car and lost down-
force to his front wing.  

Alonso was quickly released from the infield
care center.  This was his first crash at the
Brickyard.  The cars this year have much
smaller wings and less downforce than they
had in 2017 when Alonso was last in the Indy
Helio Castroneves
Charlie Kimball
239.745 mph
Will Power - Team Penske
5 pm - Felix Rosenqvist spun in turn 2, doing
a 360 before hitting the safer-barrier wall hard.  
As he rebounded back across the track,
went left, barely avoided hitting him.  
Jack Harvey went right to avoid him and
almost got hit by a piece of debris, which did
hit his rear wing.  One of Rosenquist's wheels
came off.  This was his first wreck on an oval.  
Rosenqvist had been following
Colton Herta.  
Rosenqvist went too low too soon into the
corner and got down below the line onto the
concrete which caused the spin.  He is ok.
Alonso Crash Video
Rosenqvist Crash Video
228.856 mph
Josef Newgarden - Team Penske
Ben Hanley, of Dragonspeed Racing, had an amusing ornament
on his IndyCar today.
Colton Herta not only drives for Harding
Steinbrenner Racing, he is in a band too.  
He began playing drums when he was 7.
He plays drums on this song:
May 14
May 15
May 16
May 17
May 18
May 19
May 20
May 24
May 26
Thursday May 16th                        DAY 3                              Open Practice
Bryan Herta & Marco Andretti
Academy Award-winning actors Matt Damon and
Christian Bale will wave the green flag to start
The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

Damon and Bale are starring in the upcoming film
"FORD v FERRARI", the remarkable true story of the
visionary American car designer
Carroll Shelby
(Damon) and the fearless British driver Ken Miles
(Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the
laws of physics and their own personal demons to build
a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and
take on the dominating race cars of
Enzo Ferrari at the
24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.
12:20 pm - Pato O/Ward crashed hard in Turn 2.  His car
almost flipped upside down.  He damaged the tub of the
car - will he be able to qualify?  He's ok.

1pm - 74-degrees, mostly cloudy

Nascar drive
Jimmie Johnson was at the speedway today.

4:30 pm - Practice stopped for incoming storm weather.

Every driver made it out on the track today except

Sage Karam did the most laps today - 86.
Matt Damon
to play Caroll Shelby
Christian Bale
to play Ken Miles
Waving Green Flag at Indy 500
Pato O'Ward watches replay of his crash.
Friday May 17th                        DAY 4                              Fast Friday
The Indy cars get to dial in more boost for their turbos
during qualifying weekend.  The drivers and teams get
to run this higher boost today in order to get ready for
the weekend.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. To Drive 2019 Corvette Grand Sport
Pace Car, Lead Field to Green Flag of 103rd Indianapolis
500 presented by Gainbridge.
Temperatures are much higher today than they've been
previously this week.   81 degrees at 1:40 p.m.

Kyle Kaiser crashed hard in turn 3 and almost flipped
over.  The car is heavily damaged, the tub is completely
collapsed and he has no spare parts.  He also lost a
sponsor this week.  Terrible news for him and his small
Indy Lights team, Juncos Racing.  On the bright side, he
is uninjured.

About 2:30 pm, track action was stopped due to storms
in the area.  The storms passed by without hitting the
track. Practice will probably resume at 3:30pm.
Takuma Sato, Graham Rahal, Jordan King, Bobby Rahal, Michael Lanigan
Join Mario Andretti tonight for a special screening of
the new documentary "Drive Like Andretti" at the
Indianapolis Museum of Art ("Newfields").  
If  you can't make it, the 1-hour program will be
televised on NBCSN at 6pm Sunday.
231.704 mph
Conor Daly - Andretti Autosport
Marco Andretti held the fastest speed all day until 6 p.m.
Conor Daly snatched it.
227.843 mph
Ed Jones - Ed Carpenter Racing
Saturday May 18th                        DAY 5                             First Day of Qualifying
It was already 72-degrees at 9 a.m.  It would climb into the

Spencer Pigot from Ed Carpenter Racing qualified early
and had the fastest qualifying speed for the day. Tomorrow,
the fastest nine drivers from today will requalify to determine
the pole.  There is a good chance of rain tomorrow.  If it
rains out the Fast 9 Qualifying, then he's on pole and the
other fastest 8 drivers will start where they qualified today.

James Hinchcliffe (Arrow SPM) crashed hard in turn two
during his first qualifying attempt.  He was ok and would
keep trying to qualify later in a backup car, but it was setup
for road courses and they never got it fast enough to qualify
among the top 30 today.  He amazed everyone last year
when he also wrecked in qualifying and did not make it into
the race.

This time Hinch still has a chance.  The 6 slowest drivers
from today will battle it out tomorrow in another qualifying
session to take the last 3 open positions on the back row
of the grid.  Those drivers are:
Fernando Alonso -  McLaren
Pato O'Ward - Carlin
Max Chilton - Carlin
Sage Karam - Dreyer & Reinbold
Kyle Kaiser - Juncos

Pippa Mann made it in into the field!  She didn't fair
so well last year.

The average speed of field is 228.434 mph.
230.083 mph 4-Lap Average
Spencer Pigot - Ed Carpenter Racing
Sunday May 19th                        DAY 6                             2nd Day of Qualifying
Five slow drivers from yesterday who will have a shoot-
out today to get into the race came out and practiced this

228.125 mph  - James Hinchcliffe
228.082 mph  - Sage Karam
227.403 mph  - Max Chilton
224.821 mph  - Pato O'Ward
223.309 mph  - Fernando Alonso

Rain arrived bringing a stop to on track activities.
It stopped raining at 2:45 pm.
It will probably take 2 hours now to dry the track.
4:30 p.m. - Slow cars are back on the track making qualifying runs.

James Hinchcliffe does 227.543 mph 4-lap average.
Max Chilton does 226.192 mph.
Fernando Alonso does 227.353 mph.
Sage Karam does 227.470 mph, bumping Max Chilton out.
Pato O'Ward does 227.092 mph - He doesn't make the race.
Kyle Kaiser goes last.  He does 227.372!!!
Oh my God, Kaiser has knocked Fernando Alonso out of the
Indy 500 by 0.019 mph!  Unbelievable.
Fast 9 Qualifying began at 5 pm.


4-Lap Avg        Driver                    
229.992 mph  - Simon Pagenaud
229.889 mph  - Ed Carpenter
229.826 mph  - Spencer Pigot
229.646 mph  - Ed Jones
229.086 mph  - Colton Herta
228.645 mph  - Will Power
228.621 mph  - Sebastien Bourdais
228.379 mph  - Josef Newgarden
228.247 mph  - Alexander Rossi
Team Penske
Ed Carpenter Racing
Ed Carpenter Racing
Ed Carpenter Racing
Harding Steinbrenner Racing
Team Penske
Dale Coyne Racing w/Vasser & Sullivan
Team Penske
Andretti Autosport
Pole Winner for the Indy 500
229.992 mph 4-Lap Average
Simon Pagenaud - Team Penske
Sad Boys...