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33 entered for 2013 Indy 500
Three past winners and four IZOD IndyCar Series champions are among the drivers named to the 33 entries filed for the 2013 Indianapolis 500, scheduled for Sunday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Helio Castroneves of Team Penske are the past winners assigned to cars.

Franchitti and Castroneves are three-time winners of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," with Franchitti triumphing in 2007, 2010 and 2012 and Castroneves in 2001, 2002 and 2009.

This is the first year since 1987 in which two drivers with three victories will try to join one of the most exclusive clubs in worldwide motorsports - four-time winners of the Indianapolis 500. Franchitti and Castroneves are attempting to become just the fourth four-time winner of the race, joining A.J. Foyt (1961, 1964, 1967, 1977), Al Unser (1970, 1971, 1978, 1987) and Rick Mears (1979, 1984, 1988, 1991).

IZOD IndyCar Series champions assigned to cars include reigning champion Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport, Franchitti (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011), Dixon (2003, 2008) and Tony Kanaan (2004) of KV Racing Technology. Four-time Champ Car champion Sebastian Bourdais also is entered in a Dragon Racing car.

Thirty-two drivers have been named to the 33 entries filed this year. Chevrolet engines will power 17 entries, Honda 16. All entries use Dallara chassis and Firestone tires.

The 97th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to start at noon (ET) on the historic 2.5-mile oval. It will be the first oval race of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season. ESPN on ABC, the IMS Radio Network and Sirius XM 211 will broadcast the race live starting at 11 a.m.

Opening Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 11.

There is outstanding depth and quality in this year's field. Besides three past race winners and four IZOD IndyCar Series champions, 17 of the 32 drivers named to entries have won at least one race in either IZOD IndyCar Series or Champ Car World Series/CART competition.

Four rookies with impressive credentials are assigned to cars.

AJ Allmendinger won five Champ Car races from 2004-06 before turning to NASCAR racing. Tristan Vautier is the reigning Firestone Indy Lights champion, while Carlos Munoz has won two of the first three Firestone Indy Lights races this season and leads the championship. Conor Daly, from nearby Noblesville, Ind., won the 2010 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, won in 2011 at Long Beach in Firestone Indy Lights and won a race in 2012 in GP3, one of the ladder series for Formula One.

Plenty of talent that recently advanced through the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system also was assigned to cars, including three Firestone Indy Lights champions - JR Hildebrand (2009), Josef Newgarden (2011) and Vautier (2012). Other recent Firestone Indy Lights graduates on the entry list include Marco Andretti, Ana Beatriz, Ed Carpenter, Daly, James Hinchcliffe, Charlie Kimball, Pippa Mann, Munoz, Graham Rahal and Sebastian Saavedra.

Three women were among the drivers named to entries: 2010 Chase Rookie of the Year Simona De Silvestro, Beatriz and Mann.

Andretti Autosport is involved in five entries, more than any other team. Andretti Autosport is fielding cars for Andretti, Beatriz, Hinchcliffe and Hunter-Reay, while Team Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM has entered a car for E.J. Viso.

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DRIVERS (32)

Former race winners (3): Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002, 2009), Dario Franchitti (2007, 2010, 2012), Scott Dixon (2008).

Former pole winners (5): Helio Castroneves (2003, 2007, 2009, 2010), Ryan Briscoe (2012), Tony Kanaan (2005), Scott Dixon (2008), Alex Tagliani (2011).

Rookies (4): AJ Allmendinger, Conor Daly, Carlos Munoz, Tristan Vautier.

Youngest: Carlos Munoz, 21.

Oldest: Dario Franchitti, 39. (Franchitti turns 40 on May 19, seven days before Race Day.)

Most previous starts: Helio Castroneves, 12.

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Car Driver  Hometown Car Name Engine Entrant
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay  Fort Lauderdale, Fla. DHL Chevrolet Andretti Autosport
1T Ryan Hunter-Reay  Fort Lauderdale, Fla. DHL Chevrolet Andretti Autosport
2 AJ Allmendinger (R)  Los Gatos, Calif. IZOD Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske
2T AJ Allmendinger (R)  Los Gatos, Calif. IZOD Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske
3 Helio Castroneves (W)  Sao Paulo Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske 
3T Helio Castroneves (W)  Sao Paulo Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske
4 JR Hildebrand  Sausalito, Calif. National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet Panther Racing
4T JR Hildebrand  Sausalito, Calif. National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet Panther Racing
5 E.J. Viso  Caracas, Venezuela Team Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM Chevrolet Team Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM
5T E.J. Viso  Caracas, Venezuela Team Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM Chevrolet Team Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM 
6 Sebastian Saavedra  Bogota, Colombia Dragon Racing Chevrolet Dragon Racing
6T Sebastian Saavedra  Bogota, Colombia Dragon Racing Chevrolet Dragon Racing
7 Sebastien Bourdais  Le Mans, France Dragon Racing Chevrolet Dragon Racing
7T Sebastien Bourdais  Le Mans, France Dragon Racing Chevrolet Dragon Racing
8 Ryan Briscoe  Sydney NTT DATA Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
8T Ryan Briscoe  Sydney NTT DATA Honda Chip Ganassi Racing 
9 Scott Dixon (W)  Auckland, N. Zealand Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Target Chip Ganassi Racing
9T Scott Dixon (W)  Auckland, N. Zealand Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Target Chip Ganassi Racing
10 Dario Franchitti (W)  Edinburgh, Scotland Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Target Chip Ganassi Racing 10
10T Dario Franchitti (W)  Edinburgh, Scotland Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Target Chip Ganassi Racing 10T
11 Tony Kanaan  Salvador, Brazil Hydroxycut KV Racing Technology-SH Racing Chevrolet KV Racing Technology 
11T Tony Kanaan  Salvador, Brazil Hydroxycut KV Racing Technology-SH Racing Chevrolet KV Racing Technology
12 Will Power  Toowoomba, Australia Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske
12T Will Power  Toowoomba, Australia Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske
14 Takuma Sato  Tokyo ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Racing Honda A.J. Foyt Enterprises
14T Takuma Sato  Tokyo ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Racing Honda A.J. Foyt Enterprises 
15 Graham Rahal  New Albany, Ohio Midas/Big O Tires Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan
15T Graham Rahal  New Albany, Ohio Midas/Big O Tires Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan
16 James Jakes  Leeds, England Acorn Stairlifts Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan
16T James Jakes  Leeds, England Acorn Stairlifts Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan
17 Michel Jourdain Jr.  Mexico City Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan 
17T Michel Jourdain Jr.  Mexico City Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan
18 Ana Beatriz  Sao Paulo Ipiranga Honda Dale Coyne Racing
18T Ana Beatriz  Sao Paulo Ipiranga Honda Dale Coyne Racing
19 Justin Wilson  Sheffield, England Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dale Coyne Racing
19T Justin Wilson  Sheffield, England Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dale Coyne Racing
20 Ed Carpenter  Indianapolis Fuzzy's Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Ed Carpenter Racing 
20T Ed Carpenter  Indianapolis Fuzzy's Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Ed Carpenter Racing
21 Josef Newgarden  Hendersonville, Tenn. Sarah Fisher Hartman/Century 21 Honda Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
21T Josef Newgarden  Hendersonville, Tenn. Sarah Fisher Hartman/Century 21 Honda Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
22 Oriol Servia  Pals, Spain Panther DRR Chevrolet Panther DRR
22T Oriol Servia  Pals, Spain Panther DRR Chevrolet Panther DRR 
25 Marco Andretti  Nazareth, Pa. RC Cola Chevrolet Andretti Autosport
25T Marco Andretti  Nazareth, Pa. RC Cola Chevrolet Andretti Autosport
26 Carlos Munoz (R)  Bogota, Colombia Unistraw Chevrolet Andretti Autosport
26T Carlos Munoz (R)  Bogota, Colombia Unistraw Chevrolet Andretti Autosport
27 James Hinchcliffe  Toronto GoDaddy Chevrolet Andretti Autosport
27T James Hinchcliffe  Toronto GoDaddy Chevrolet Andretti Autosport 
40 TBA  Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Ed Carpenter Racing
40T TBA  Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Ed Carpenter Racing
41 Conor Daly (R)  Noblesville, Ind. ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Racing Honda A.J. Foyt Enterprises
41T Conor Daly (R)  Noblesville, Ind. ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Racing Honda A.J. Foyt Enterprises
60 Townsend Bell  San Luis Obispo, Calif. Sunoco "Turbo" Panther Racing  Chevrolet Panther Racing 
60T Townsend Bell  San Luis, Obispo, Calif. Sunoco "Turbo" Panther Racing  Chevrolet Panther Racing
55 Tristan Vautier (R)  Corenc, France Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
55 Tristan Vautier (R)  Corenc, France Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
77 Simon Pagenaud  Poitiers, France Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports
77T Simon Pagenaud  Poitiers, France Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports 
78 Simona de Silvestro  Thun, Switzerland Nuclear Entergy Areva KVRT Chevrolet KV Racing Technology
78T Simona de Silvestro  Thun, Switzerland Nuclear Entergy Areva KVRT Chevrolet KV Racing Technology
83 Charlie Kimball  Camarillo, Calif. NovoLog FlexPen Honda Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing
83T Charlie Kimball  Camarillo, Calif. NovoLog FlexPen Honda Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing
98 Alex Tagliani  Lachenaie, Quebec Team Barracuda-BHA Honda Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian
98T Alex Tagliani  Lachenaie, Quebec Team Barracuda-BHA Honda Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian
TBA Pippa Mann  Ipswich, England Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dale Coyne Racing
TBAT Pippa Mann  Ipswich, England Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dale Coyne Racing

Sixty-six (66) cars entered. All cars use fourth-generation IZOD IndyCar Series Dallara chassis (IR-12) and Firestone tires.

(R) - Denotes Chase Rookie of the Year Candidate (W) - Denotes Indianapolis 500 winner

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