Thursday, May 4, 2017

INDY 500: 101 Dallarez' or Your Money Back! The 2017 Brass Tacks edition...

Yeah, simply cannot S-T-O-P Thyself! Since there definitely shouldn't be ANY Dalmatians roaming Mother Speedway's famed Ash-fault Race Day...

Hey, Y'all try poundin' out witty repartee Day-in, Day-out! As I simply can't stop marvelin' over my clever connotation of 101 Dallarez' regarding this year's momentous 101st running of the Indy 500, where hopefully 33 Dallara DW12's won't be seeing Thar Spots...

Did Yuhs figure out my Hilarious connection to one of 'Ol Walt Disney's popular films yet? and NO! It's NOT 'Ol Yeller'; Hya!

The following 31  Indy 500 entries were known as of Friday, April 28th, prior to the Phoenix Oval-track race, albeit this list is not Official, just my best reckoning from what I've been able to gleam from thou A-L-L Knowing Internetz'.

The field is comprised of the full complement of 2017 IndyCar Series regular competitors, numbering 21. With A.J. Foyt adding one car; Mikey A' (Andretti) adding two cars; Dale Coyne adding one car; Meesh's favourite team owner Bobby Rahal adding one car, Sam Schmidt's team adding one car and El Capitano', nee Roger Penske adding one car to the mix -bringing the tally to 28.

Then there's three single car Indy Only team's entered, in alphabetical order: Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, Harding Racing and Lazier Partners, bringing the total to 31. and lastly, Indy Only Newby' Juncos Racing is hoping to run a two car contingent, although not confirmed when originally poondin' out this story, which my ryth-Muh-tickin' sez' at best equals 33-cars.

Hmm? Who'll be the Final Contestants for this year's 101st Indy 500...

(13) Chevrolet Entrants
(Team Name & Number of Entries)
A.J. Foyt Enterprises, (3) Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, (1) Ed Carpenter Racing, (2) Harding Racing, (1) Juncos Racing, (TBD) Lazier Partners, (1) and Team Penske. (5)

When I began this Indy 500 Entrants Quest, Wayback in early April, around Easter, could only come up with "The General," aka General Motors doling out 13 Chevy Bowtie's.

as Juncos Racing appears to be the wildcard, with team owner Ricardo Juncos saying back in February he could envision running two cars, which he'll need to do in order to ensure Mother Speedway's traditional elevens rows of three abreast occurs.

(18) Honda Entrants
Andretti Autosport & Company, (6) chip Ganassi Racing, (4) Dale Coyne Racing, (3) Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, (2) and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. (3)

The Hondre' camp was Done Filled Up with the addition of Fernando Coming to Americre', when Honda having allocated it's perceived maximum 18 engine leases for the Month of May was announced with Stefan Wilson relinquishing his engine lease for Indy Cars benefit.

Pippa Mann returns at Dale Coyne as the sole female in this year's race, presumably in her now trademark pink No. 63 - with little fanfare over it being the 40th anniversary of the first ever woman to contest the race - when Janet Guthrie competed in the 61st running.

Oriol "suitcase" Servia finds his way back aboard Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's second entry, the #16, where the Spaniard's raced before; last running that toothy grinning Letterman Retirement car. And hopefully won't be too busy trading Texts with somebody named Alonso!

Jay Howard, the 2006 Indy Lights champion, who's been out of IndyCar competition since the stillborn Michael Shank Racing IndyCar team's failure to obtain an engine in 2012, makes his return to the Speedway after contesting the 2011 event. Now driving the third Schmidt Peterson Racing entry, the #77  sponsored by Tony Stewart's Foundation.

For the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500, two new entrants will make their respective IndyCar debuts at Mother Speedway, with the additions of Harding Racing and Juncos Racing.

Harding Racing is a one car entity owned by Mike Harding in conjunction with Dennis Reinbold with the team's manager being Larry Curry. As they'll run the #88 piloted by Gabby Chaves in technical cooperation with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's No. 24 entry out of the DRR Indianapolis shop, with Chaves team-mate being Sage Karam.

Juncos Racing has purchased many assets of the defunct KV Racing Technology IndyCar team, including three Dallara DW12 chassis. As the Mazda Road To Indy (MRTI) title winners are rumoured to run current Lights driver Kyle Kiser and a veteran, perhaps Ryan Briscoe? While past Juncos Racing standout Spencer Pigot could figure in the mix.

Reportedly, a total of seven past Indy 500 winners, including the reigning rookie winner Alexander Rossi defending his victory will contest this year's Indianapolis 500 May 28th. As Rossi will be joined by three-time winner Helio Castroneves, (2001-02, 2009) and two-time winner Juan Pablo Montoya. (2000, 2015)

Four single event winners: Ryan Hunter-Reay, (2014) Tony Kanaan, (2013) Scott Dixon (2008) and Buddy Lazier (1996) are slated to join Alexander Rossi (2016) in the W Colum.

Y'all know this year's biggest name rookie is that Spanish Formula 1 Double World Champion Fernando Alonso, who McLaren's let playing Hooky from this year's Monaco GP! Having just completed his first day of Oval testing May 3rd aboard the Andretti Autosport McLaren Honda No. 29.

Yet the calibre of Mother Speedway's other rookie class competitors should account for themselves quite admirably. Led by the lone Fulltime IndyCar contestant, the reigning Indy Lights champion Ed Jones driving for Dale Coyne Racing aboard the #19. As Jones will become the first ever Middle East driver I believe, as he hails  from the United Arab Emirates.

Past Indy Lights multiple race winners Zach Veach and Jack Harvey both know their way round an Oval. As Harvey won the 2015 Freedom 100, along with finishing series runner-up twice consecutively, circa 2014-15.

The 24yr old Bloody Brit hailing from Bassingham will be making his B-I-G CARZ' debut for Mikey A's (Andretti) sixth entry; the #50 campaigned by Michael Shank Racing in cooperation with Andretti Autosport.

Zach Veach, who finished third overall upon his return to Indy Lights competition last year, made his IndyCar debut at Barber Motorsports Park when deputizing for the injured J.R. Hildebrand at Ed Carpenter Racing. (ECR)

As the 22yr old Stockdale, Ohio native will contest his maiden Indy 500 for the storied A.J. Foyt Enterprises team aboard the No. 40, honouring 'Ol SuperTex's 40th anniversary of his fourth and final Indy 500 victory.

Hurrah-Hurrah-Hurrah Ladies 'N Germs', who'll be the final contestant to take the green flag in this year's 101st running of the Indy 500? And which Dallarer' will be seein' Spots...