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Old 20 Dec 2017, 19:11 (Ref:3788400)   #1
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Entry Count for 2018 Indy 500

It seems like every year since the split, there is always the question of whether or not there will be at least 33 entries for the 500. Well it's December 20 and what I can tell there is already 31 committed entries (counting Danica, take that for what its worth).

Do you think there will be some true bumping this year?

Will we approach the upper 30s for number of entries....40 (just kidding)?

...but still. There is a lot of buzz this year.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_I...ms_and_drivers
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Old 21 Dec 2017, 15:33 (Ref:3788554)   #2
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You can pencil in Urrutia, at the very least least for the Indy 500.
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Old 21 Dec 2017, 16:17 (Ref:3788569)   #3
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I count 27 confirmed driver-team pairs so far:

1) Josef Newgarden (Penske-Chevrolet)
2) Simon Pagenaud (Penske-Chevrolet)
3) Will Power (Penske-Chevrolet)
4) Helio Castroneves
5) Scott Dixon (Ganassi-Honda)
6) Ed Jones (Ganassi-Honda)
7) Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda)
8) Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda)
9) Alexander Rossi (Andretti-Honda)
10) Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti-Honda)
11) Marco Andretti (Andretti-Honda)
12) Zach Veach (Andretti-Honda)
13) Stefan Wilson (Andretti-Honda)
14) Carlos Munoz (Andretti-Honda)
15) James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt-Peterson-Honda)
16) Robert Wickens (Schmidt-Peterson-Honda)
17) Jack Harvey (Schmidt-Peterson/Shank-Honda)
18) Sťbastien Bourdais (Dale Coyne-Honda)
19) Spencer Pigot (Carpenter-Chevrolet)
20) Ed Carpenter (Carpenter-Chevrolet)
21) Mathues Leist (Foyt-Chevrolet)
22) Tony Kanaan (Foyt-Chevrolet)
23) Gabby Chaves (Harding-Chevrolet)
24) Max Chilton (Carlin-Chevrolet)
25) Charlie Kimball (Carlin-Chevrolet)
26) Buddy Lazier (Lazier-Chevrolet)
27) Kyle Kaiser (Juncos-Chevrolet)

rumoured:
29) Santiago Urrutia (Belardi-Chevrolet)
30) Danica Patrick (Ganassi-Honda)
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Old 27 Dec 2017, 11:40 (Ref:3789305)   #4
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It seems like every year since the split, there is always the question of whether or not there will be at least 33 entries for the 500. Well it's December 20 and what I can tell there is already 31 committed entries (counting Danica, take that for what its worth).

Do you think there will be some true bumping this year?

Will we approach the upper 30s for number of entries....40 (just kidding)?

...but still. There is a lot of buzz this year.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_I...ms_and_drivers

No, neither supplier wants to deal with contracts for oversubscribed grids. It seems both are stretched to their limits filling 33 cars, filling 34 and having one not make the field is not at all what either supplier wants to see. And Marshall and Robin Miller have reported they hear the same every year when it comes to over 33, not happening.
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Old 9 Jan 2018, 15:38 (Ref:3791571)   #5
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SPM plan to run a third car but it won't be JPM or Danica driving.

http://classic.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/133812.
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Old 13 Feb 2018, 01:20 (Ref:3800839)   #6
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According to this, Danica Patrick's deal to race at the 102nd 500, is done.

http://www.indycar.com/News/2018/02/...-deal-in-place
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Old 13 Feb 2018, 13:08 (Ref:3800956)   #7
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It seems like everyone is leaning toward her deal being with ECR for the 500, feels like more than a few teams didn't think the money was worth the effort to field her car. Actually surprising considering Indy is a festival of media insanity anyway, guessing the cash on offer was not a great pile any longer.
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I tought she will drive for Dreyer-&-Reinbold...
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It seems like D&R will get Sage Karam and ECR will have Danica on board for the 500, or at least all the Indy reports I've read have all but confirmed. But they have all been wrong before so
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Old 14 Feb 2018, 12:52 (Ref:3801288)   #10
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Dreyer-&-Reinbold plans to enter 2 cars.
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We can stop holding our breath, as it's finally been confirmed, Danica's swan song at this year's Indy 500 will be with Ed Carpenter Racing.

http://classic.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/134372

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And it seems they were not planning on announcing until after Daytona until she slipped and said she hadn't talked to Ed and the guys about her Indy planning as of yet in an interview.

To me stealing some attention while at Daytona is perfect, but better coordination was needed. I don't know why Indycar or ECR wouldn't want to try to get some of the eyes to follow her to Indy, it's a long 3 months until Indy starts.
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If you believe SPM and their 90% chance of the #7 joining the 5 (Hinch) and 6 (Wickens) and the partner 60 (MSR), it looks like POSSIBLY 34,35 cars at Indy by his count. I expect more like 35 will announce they are close to a deal and then engine will hold them up, similar to what killed the previous MSR attempt in 2012 I believe.
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I hope that Urrutia gets the Schmidt seat.
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That's very unlikely.
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