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2017 Indianapolis 500 entry list confirms just 33 cars

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As expected, the entry list for the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will feature just 33 cars, with no bumping or additional entries likely to materialize for the marquee event of the Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Officially, 32 of the 33 cars had been announced with the only one not made official the family run entry for 1996 Indianapolis 500 champion Buddy Lazier. That car has been confirmed today with a new car number, 49 (Lazier, born in 1967, is 49 years old), sponsors (Lazier Racing-Stalk It-Tivoli Lodge) and team name (back to Lazier Racing Partners after one year as Lazier/Burns Racing).

Lazier becomes the seventh Indianapolis 500 winner in the field, joining five full-season drivers in defending champion Alexander Rossi, then Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves, and two-time champion Juan Pablo Montoya who will be in the fifth Team Penske entry.

Fernando Alonso, of course, is the star attraction among the four rookie drivers, and is the first of the four who’s already completed his Rookie Orientation Program. However Alonso’s presence provides an incredible contrast to the other three rookies, all of whom are talents who’ve come up through the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires, in Ed Jones, Jack Harvey and Zach Veach.

The other seven of the 12 Indianapolis-extra entries include Juncos Racing for its IndyCar debut with Spencer Pigot moving over from Ed Carpenter Racing and Sebastian Saavedra, the now-traditional extra entries from Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for Oriol Servia, Dale Coyne Racing for Pippa Mann, and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for Sage Karam, Jay Howard in the Tony Stewart Foundation-supported entry for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, and Gabby Chaves in Harding Racing’s debut.

The entry list with car names and team names is linked here.

Practice begins on Monday with the rookie and refresher program from 12 to 2 p.m. ET and local time, then the track open to all cars thereafter until 6 p.m.

F1: Hamilton leads Mercedes front row lockout in France

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Lewis Hamilton needed to outduel teammate Valtteri Bottas in qualifying for Sunday’s French Grand Prix, after the Finn jumped ahead of the Briton on his final run – Bottas turned in a lap at 1:30.147 to barely get clear of Hamilton.

However, Hamilton ultimately got the last laugh and turned in a 1:30.029 on his final lap, bettering Bottas by just over one tenth of a second, to take the 75th pole of his career.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel qualified third, followed by the Red Bull Racing duo of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo in fourth and fifth. Vettel’s Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen ended up sixth.

Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr. qualified seventh, and Sauber’s Charles Leclerc qualified a brilliant eighth as the Frenchman continued a strong rookie campaign in front of his home crowd.

The Haas duo of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean completed the top 10, with Grosjean actually crashing out of Q3 after nosing his VF-18 into a barrier.

Results are below. Of note: the McLaren drivers of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne failed to advance out of Q1 and qualified 16th (Alonso), and 18th (Vandoorne), though Vandoorne will start 17th as Brendon Hartley will start at the back of the grid after Toro Rosso changed several components of the power unit.

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