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Entry list for the 104th Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway released a 33-car entry list Monday for the 104th Indy 500.

The Aug. 23 race (1 p.m. ET, NBC; green flag, 2:30 p.m.) will include eight past winners: Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002, 2009) and single winners Scott Dixon (2008), Tony Kanaan (2013), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014), Alexander Rossi (2016), Takuma Sato (2017), Will Power (2018) and Simon Pagenaud (2019).

Fernando Alonso will be attempting to make his second Indy 500. The two-time Formula One champion is aiming to join Graham Hill as the only drivers to complete the “Motorsports Triple Crown” by winning the Monaco Grand Prix, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Indy 500. Alonso has won twice apiece and Monaco and Le Mans.

ENTRY LIST: The 33 drivers in the 2020 Indy 500

HOW TO WATCH THE INDY 500 ON NBCDetails for the Aug. 23 race

There are five drivers making their Indy 500 debuts this year: Oliver Askew, Dalton Kellett, Pato O’Ward, Alex Palou and Rinus VeeKay.

This will be the first time in four years there are as many entrants as spots in the 33-car field, which means no one will be bumped from the field this Sunday on the last day of qualifying. Last year, Alonso, O’Ward and Max Chilton failed to qualify for the race.

DAILY INDY 500 SCHEDULEClick here for all on-track activity in August at Indy

QUALIFYING SCHEDULE: How to watch on NBCSN, NBC

Indy 500 practice will run Wednesday through Friday, followed by qualifying Saturday. The pole position and top nine slots will be determined Sunday.

Practice and qualifying will be covered fully via NBC Sports Gold, NBCSN and NBC.

The 104th edition of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing is the first in the event’s history to be postponed. Because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Indy 500 also will be run without fans for the first time during its history.

Click here for the entry list for the 104th Indy 500.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.