May 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; IndyCar driver Ryan Briscoe leads the field as they leave the grid for the start of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Indycar field is taking shape

So 22 teams have been rewarded with the $1.3 million Leader’s Circle guaranteed contract, and all but two have drivers attached to them. Dale Coyne secured two spots and announced no drivers, all though Justin Wilson is expect to return.

With James Jakes’ ride at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and the second Schmidt Peterson Car confirmed as full time it gives the series 24 full time teams at this point, and Dragon Racing could field one more, pushing the total to 25. The field should swell to 27 cars or more at Long Beach and with and part time entries possible from Conquest and AFS Racing, and Michael Shank Racing there could be a few races with 28 cars. Currently there are three additional entries confirmed for Indy with the possibility of one more Penske entry, there’s a minimum of 27 cars for Indy before other teams start fielding additional cars.


Andretti Autosport Honda

1 Ryan Hunter Reay DHL, Sun

5 EJ Viso Cigo (In conjunction with HVM)

25 Marco Andretti RC

27 James Hincliffe Go Daddy

26? Carlos Munoz (Indy 500)


Team Penske Chevrolet

2 A.J. Almindinger (Barber,Long Beach, Indy)

3 Helio Castroneves Shell/Hitatch

12 Will Power Verizon


Panther/DR&R Chevrolet

4 J.R. Hildebrand National Guard

22 Oriol Servia Mecum Auctions, Wix Filters, Motegi Racing, Charter


Dragon Racing Chevrolet

7 Sebastien Bourdais


Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

9 Scott Dixon Target

10 Dario Franchitti Target

83 Charlie Kimball Norvonordisk


KV Racing Chevrolet

11 Tony Kanna Gieco/Mouser Electronics

78 Simona de Silverstro NuClear Energy


AJ Foyt Enterprises Honda

14 Takuma Sato

41 Chase Austin (Indy 500)


Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

15 Graham Rahal Service Central Brands

30 James Jakes Acorn Stairlifts.

17? Mike Conway (Long Beach)


Dale Coyne Racing Honda

18 ?

19 ?


Ed Carpenter Chevrolet

20 Ed Carpenter Fuzzy’s Vodka


Schmidt Peterson Motorspors Honda

55 Tristian Vautier

77 Simone Pagenaud HP, Microsoft, Intel


Fisher Hartman Racing Chevrolet

67 Josef Newgarden


Bryan Herta Autosport Honda

98 Alex Tagaliani Barracuda Networks

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