It’s almost time for on-track activities to begin at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as IndyCar Series teams prepare for the 105th Indianapolis 500.
Thirty-five cars are entered for the famed event, including nine Indy 500 champions. Only 33 drivers will make the race, leaving two cars out of contention, barring any entry list changes. Helio Castroneves will pilot the No. 06 Honda of Meyer Shank Racing, Juan Pablo Montoya is in the No. 86 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet and Tony Kanaan’s driving the No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing entry.
Three rookies are also entered: RC Enerson, driving the No. 75 Top Gun Racing car, Pietro Fittipaldi in the No. 51 Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing entry, and Scott McLaughlin, wheeling the No. 3 Team Penske car.
Additionally, Simona de Silvestro will attempt to qualify for the Indy 500 for the first time since 2015; she’s in the No. 16 Paretta Autosport Chevrolet.
Practice at IMS begins next Tuesday, May 18 and lasts through May 21. Qualifying runs on May 22-23.
Indy 500 coverage starts on May 30 at 11 a.m. ET on NBC; green flag is set for 12:30 p.m. ET.