Field Set for 97th Running of the Indy 500 …

Posted: May 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

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By: Wm. R. LaDow

As reported for the Post-Tribune – A Chicago Sun-Times Media Company

The field is now set for the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500 … 

Thirty-three starters will take the green flag for 200 breathtaking laps on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 26th at 12 noon. Television coverage by ABC (American Broadcasting Company) will begin at 11am (ET).

Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti will be seeking their fourth victories in the race, which would put them in the elite company of A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears and Al Unser. 

The front row, that averaged just under 228.500 miles per hour is comprised of Pole sitter (and Hoosier favorite son); Ed Carpenter and two Andretti Autosport teammates; Rookie Carlos Munoz and Marco Andretti, son and grandson of American racing legends Michael and Mario Andretti.

The field also includes two other previous winners of the 500, Scott Dixon and Buddy Lazier, along with four female drivers; Simona De Silvestro, Ana Beatriz, Pippa Mann, and Katherine Legge.

Last year’s Indianapolis 500 had 34 lead changes recorded at the start/finish, with many more occurring around the storied speedway. The 33 car field is separated by a mere four seconds, with the slowest car in the field qualifying at over 223 miles per hour.

Once again Speedway, Indiana and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host  the single-day largest sporting event on earth.

ROW 1
Inside Middle Outside
#20
Ed Carpenter
#26
Carlos Munoz (R)
#25
Marco Andretti
20 26 25
Avg. Speed
228.762 MPH
Avg. Speed
228.342 MPH
Avg. Speed
228.261 MPH
ROW 2
Inside Middle Outside
#5
EJ Viso
#2
AJ Allmendinger (R)
#12
Will Power
5 2 12
Avg. Speed
228.150 MPH
Avg. Speed
228.099 MPH
Avg. Speed
228.087 MPH
ROW 3
Inside Middle Outside
#1
Ryan Hunter-Reay
#3
Helio Castroneves
#27
James Hinchcliffe
1 DHL 3  27
Avg. Speed
227.904 MPH
Avg. Speed
227.762 MPH
Avg. Speed
227.070 MPH
ROW 4
Inside Middle Outside
#4
JR Hildebrand
#98
Alex Tagliani
#11
Tony Kanaan
 4 98  11
Avg. Speed
227.441 MPH
Avg. Speed
227.386 MPH
Avg. Speed
226.949 MPH
ROW 5
Inside Middle Outside
#22
Oriol Servia
#19
Justin Wilson
#7
Sebastien Bourdais
22  19 7
Avg. Speed
226.814 MPH
Avg. Speed
226.370 MPH
Avg. Speed
226.196 MPH
ROW 6
Inside Middle Outside
#9
Scott Dixon
#10
Dario Franchitti
#14
Takuma Sato
 9 10 14
Avg. Speed
226.158 MPH
Avg. Speed
226.069 MPH
Avg. Speed
225.892 MPH
ROW 7
Inside Middle Outside
#83
Charlie Kimball
#16
James Jakes
#77
Simon Pagenaud
 83 16  77
Avg. Speed
225.880 MPH
Avg. Speed
225.809 MPH
Avg. Speed
225.674 MPH
ROW 8
Inside Middle Outside
#60
Townsend Bell
#8
Ryan Briscoe
#78
Simona De Silvestro
 60 8  78
Avg. Speed
225.643 MPH
Avg. Speed
225.265 MPH
Avg. Speed
225.226 MPH
ROW 9
Inside Middle Outside
#21
Josef Newgarden
#15
Graham Rahal
 #6
Sebastian Saavedra
 21 15  6
 Avg. Speed
226.731 MPH
Avg. Speed
225.007 MPH
Avg. Speed
224.929 MPH
ROW 10
Inside Middle Outside
#55
Tristian Vautier (R)
#18
Ana Beatriz
#63
Pippa Mann
 55  18 63
Avg. Speed
224.873 MPH
Avg. Speed
224.184 MPH
Avg. Speed
224.005 MPH
ROW 11
Inside Middle Outside
 #41
Conor Daly (R)
#91
Buddy Lazier
#81
Katherine Legge
 41  Generic 91 81
Avg. Speed
223.582 MPH
Avg. Speed
223.442 MPH
 Avg. Speed
223.176 MPH

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