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Indy 500 car count up to 28 with several more deals yet to get finalized

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Recent confirmations of Alex Tagliani and JR Hildebrand back with A.J. Foyt Enterprises and Ed Carpenter Racing, respectively, for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil have broken a recent quiet spell in terms of additional entries being announced.

They take the number of confirmed team/car combinations up to 28, with a couple others close if not formally announced.

Here’s the 21 full-season cars:

  • Chip Ganassi Racing (4): Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball, Max Chilton
  • Team Penske (4): Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves, Will Power, Simon Pagenaud
  • Andretti Autosport (4): Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz, Alexander Rossi
  • Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (2): James Hinchcliffe, Mikhail Aleshin
  • A.J. Foyt Enterprises (2): Takuma Sato, Jack Hawksworth
  • Dale Coyne Racing (2): Conor Daly, Luca Filippi (not confirmed for full-season yet, but projected)
  • KVSH Racing (1): Sebastien Bourdais
  • Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (1): Graham Rahal
  • Ed Carpenter Racing (1): Josef Newgarden

Here are then the seven confirmed additional entries:

  • Ed Carpenter Racing (2): Ed Carpenter, JR Hildebrand
  • Dale Coyne Racing (1): Bryan Clauson
  • PIRTEK Team Murray (KVRT technical alliance) (1): Matthew Brabham
  • Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (1): Spencer Pigot
  • A.J. Foyt Enterprises (1): Alex Tagliani
  • Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (1): Sage Karam

Additionally, here is the engine breakdown:

  • Honda (14): Andretti 4, Coyne 3, Foyt 3, SPM 2, RLL 2
  • Chevrolet (14): Ganassi 4, Penske 4, Carpenter 3, KVSH 1, PIRTEK 1, DRR 1

Hildebrand, Brabham, Pigot and Tagliani will also race at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, which brings that race’s car count up to 25 cars.

Dale Coyne Racing has all but officially confirmed its fourth car for Pippa Mann for the ‘500, and Buddy Lazier told Trackside Online at Phoenix he expects to return as well.

Grace Autosport has also announced a program for Katherine Legge, but is yet to align with a team or engine partner.

Projected additional entries are expected to come from Andretti Autosport (fifth car), Schmidt/Peterson Motorsports (third car) and KVSH Racing (third car, either as KVSH or KVRT).

All three team principals have told NBC Sports of their intention to add an extra car for the month of May.

Chip Ganassi Racing Teams is doubtful to add a fifth car given its other programs, with its four Ford GTs set for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and cars/crew being needed for that, plus the Red Bull Global Rallycross season opening on May 21 and 22 at Phoenix. Ganassi is yet to formally announce its 2016 Red Bull GRC program, but the team indicated last year its plan to continue.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”