Thursday, May 18, 2023

INDY 500: One Off Entries

But will one of these drivers “Not look Like the Others” following this Sunday?


Here’s what’s hopefully a Quick look at the seven “Extras” comprising this year’s Indianapolis 500’s 34 Car field.


As will it be one of these seven drivers, or somebody else Not making the 107th Running on Sunday, May 28th?


Marco Andretti

Age: 36, DOB: 3/13/87

#98, Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco Andretti and Curb-Agajanian

2006 Indianapolis 500 and Indy Racing League Rookie Of the Year

2020 Indianapolis 500 Pole Winner

Although Marco’s become the proverbial “Fifth Wheel” at Andretti Autosport, having switched to “One Off” IndyCar status in 2021. Nonetheless, you’d have to Arse-sume that Marco will once again safely Qualify for His 18th Indy 500. Especially since theoretically He’s got six other drivers Data to rely upon.


Whilst Marco’s definitely vaulted to P1 for longest Team Name, ahead of Dale Coyne and His various Alphabet Soup Brigades, Hya!


Ed Carpenter

Age: 42, DOB: 3/3/81

#33, Ed Carpenter Racing

Three times Indianapolis 500 Pole winner: 2013-14, 2018

Like many, I tend to believe that Fast Eddie’s better days of driving are behind Him. Yet who am I to tell Ed Carpenter what to do? Especially since He’s the Team Owner. And I believe Ed will be making His 20th start this May, as He continues His Ovals Only racing program.


Pretty certain that Ed made the Top-12 Shootout for Pole last year, and the ECR cars are always fast at Mother Speedway, albeit it’s been ECR teammate Rinus VeeKay who’s been the top starter of the team recently.


R. C. Enerson

Age: 26, DOB: 3/6/97

#50, Abel Motorsports

Richard Clayton “R. C.” Enerson is the only rookie of these seven drivers, hoping to be one of potentially four rookies in this year’s field. As R. C. has made a total of five IndyCar starts overall, and attempted making His first Indianapolis 500 in 2021 with Top gun Racing. Which unfortunately was an uphill struggle for this Minnowesqe, underfunded race team that ultimately saw Enerson as the slowest driver all of that May.


Yet I feel much more confident about this year’s entry with Abel Motorsports who seem to be putting together a quality entry. And expect R. C. to qualify this year, meaning somebody else’s going Home…


Ryan Hunter-Reay

Age: 42, DOB: 12/17/80

#23, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

2008 Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series Rookie Of the Year

2014 Indianapolis 500 Winner

When I think of whom I called Bully-Ray’ for many years, before becoming simply “the Dude!” For Mwah, Hunter-Reay’s synonymous  with the No. 28 Andretti Autosport Banana yellow DHL car, which we know is now occupied by Romain Grosjean…


Hunter-Reay’s not raced an IndyCar since the 2021 Long Beach season finale, His 239th IndyCar start. And I’ve got Zero clue of what colour scheme or sponsorship livery He’s running this year at DRR. Yet ryan didn’t have any troubles with His IMS refresher course, and finished P14 on the time sheets during this year’s IMS Open test.


As I’ll expect Hunter-Reay to make His 16th Indy 500 start, but don’t expect Him to win, while I’d Ars-sume a Top-10 finish is possible.


Tony Kanaan

Age: 48, DOB: 12/31/74

#66, Arrow McLaren

2005 Indianapolis 500 Pole Winner

13 Indianapolis 500 Winner

What can I scribble about TK’ that hasn’t already been said? Other than I do like the symmetry of TK’ retiring ten years after His Indy 500 victory.


 As Tony promises this is His last, last, last Indianapolis 500 race! And His last IndyCar start, Honest! For which I’ll Hope that the Fan favourite Brazilian goes out on top! Although it’ll be hard to replicate last year’s third place finish. Since after all, Kanaan’s the fourth “Arrow” in Arrow McLaren’s “Quiver”. But it will be interesting to see who comes out P1 for the team this May. And it sounds like Tony’s at least got a very good looking racecar for His 22nd and final outing at Mother Speedway, where Tony says He’ll be Crying like a Baby come race day!


Katherine Legge

Age: 42, DOB: 7/12/80

#44, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Seems like a really, really long time since I got whom I affectionately call thy Leggy Juan’s autograph as a Champ car rookie at Portland International raceway Wayback’ in Gory 2006!


As I guess one could stay that Katherine’s had a star crossed career, having driven a multitude of racing cars over the decades. Having made Her first Indianapolis 500 start in 2012 for Jay Penske’s Dragonspeed outfit before being unceremoniously Dumped by Jay! And then Her second and final Indy 500 start to date came a decade ago when driving for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, with finishes of 22nd and 26th respectively.


And although Katherine finished towards the bottom of the Time sheets during the Open test. I’ve got no idea what She or the team were working on that day? As Katherine and Linus Lundqvist tested at Texas Motor Speedway the day following this year’s race in order to help RLLR get “sorted” for Indy this May. As I’d like to Arse-sume that as RLLR’s fourth entry She’ll get similar equipment to the team’s three primary drivers. And I’d like to believe that Legge will qualify and make Her third start at Mother Speedway later this month.


Stefan Wilson

Age: 33, DOB: 9/20/89

#24, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing/Cusick Motorsports

As we All know, Stefan Stork’ Wilson is the younger brother of the late, Justin Big Unit’ Wilson. Whose struggled to find the necessary “Backing” to enable a Fulltime IndyCar career.


Stefan will be attempting to make His fifth Indianapolis 500 start, having found an enthusiastic “Backer” in don Cusick, who’s funded Stefan’s last few years Indy 500 rides.


Stefan finished sixth during this April’s IMS Open test, and hopefully these results will carry over for this year’s event. Although I Don’t expect Stefan to win. His best finish to date is 15th in 2018. When needing to Pit for Fuel with four laps remaining while leading the race. As I’ll expect Stefan to safely make the field this weekend…