Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has filed a second entry for the 97th Indianapolis 500, bringing the current car count to 35 as practice for the event begins today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
No driver was listed for SPM’s No. 99 Honda, which has a primary and backup “T” car entered. Whoever climbs into the cockpit would team up with rookie Tristan Vautier (pictured) and veteran Simon Pagenaud of Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports.
A report from SPEED.com last week stated that 2004 Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice would join the Sam Schmidt camp in a third entry, but as of now, neither Rice — or anybody else — has been confirmed by the team. In addition, The Indianapolis Star’s Curt Cavin has tweeted out word from team manager Rob Edwards that “it’s doubtful” the No. 99 would run.
As for Vautier, his inaugural “500” experience starts today with the three-phase Rookie Orientation Program. He’ll be joined by Team Penske’s A.J. Allmendinger and Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz, while A.J. Foyt Racing’s Conor Daly will undertake his ROP on Monday due to GP3 commitments this weekend in Barcelona, Spain.