Sunday, May 25, 2003

Indy 500: Today's field of 33



By The Associated Press

Row 1

1. (3) w-Helio Castroneves, 28, Dallara-Toyota, 231.725. Won Indy 500 as rookie in 2001 and in 2002, the first to repeat since Al Unser Sr. in 1970-71. ... Began racing go-karts in 1987. ... Second in the Brazilian Formula Three series in 1984.

2. (11) Tony Kanaan, 28, Dallara-Honda, 231.006. Second in IRL points ... Won Phoenix race this season. ... Made CART debut in 1998 with 10 top-10 finishes and was the series rookie of the year. ... Only CART victory came in 1999 at Michigan.

3. (27) Robby Gordon, 34, Dallara-Honda, 230.205. Best finish in eight starts at Indy was fourth in 1999. ... Competed in both Indy 500 and NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 on same day in 2000 and 2002 and will try another "double" today.

Row 2

4. (9) r-Scott Dixon, 22, G Force-Toyota, 230.099. CART rookie of the year in 2001, when victory at Nazareth, Pa., made him at age 20 the youngest winner ever in major open-wheel racing. ... Drove in Indy Lights in 1999-2000 and was series champ in 2000.

5. (26) r-Dan Wheldon, 24, Dallara-Honda, 229.958. Finished seventh at Japan in only previous start this season. ... U.S. Formula 2000 champion in 1999, and rookie of the year in Indy Lights in 2001. Made IRL debut with Panther Racing in 2002.

6. (15) w-Kenny Brack, 37, Dallara-Honda, 229.509. Indy 500 winner in 1999. ... Led CART with four victories in 2001 and was runner-up for championship. ... Drove Formula 3000 in 1994-96. ... Joined IRL in 1997 and was series champ in 1998.

Row 3

7. (12) r-Tora Takagi, 29, G Force-Toyota, 229.358. Had seven top 10 finishes in CART last year. ... Competed in Formula One in 1998-99 with four top 10 finishes. ... Won 2000 Japanese Formula Nippon series.

8. (32) r-Tony Renna, 26, Dallara-Toyota, 228.765. Debuted in IRL in 2002, subbing for Al Unser Jr. for two races and finishing the season in four more races for Kelley. ... Best finish was fourth at Michigan. ... Rookie of the year in Barber Dodge Pro Series in 1996.

9. (8) Scott Sharp, 35, Dallara-Toyota, 228.755. ... IRL series co-champ in 1996 and points leader this season. ... Indy pole-sitter in 2001 but finished 33rd after first-lap crash; finished 27th last year. ... Son of six-time SCCA national champion Bob Sharp.

Row 4

10. (6) Gil de Ferran, 35, G Force-Toyota, 228.633. Two-time CART champ, was second behind Team Penske teammate Castroneves at Indy in 2001 and 10th last year. ... Won Brazilian Formula Ford title with seven wins in 1987. ...CART rookie of the year in 1995.

11. (55) r-Roger Yasukawa, 25, Dallara-Honda, 228.577. 19th in IRL points this season. ... Competed in Barber Dodge Pro Series 1999-2001. ... 10th in Toyota Atlantic series in 2002, scoring more points in oval races than any other driver.

12. (10) Tomas Scheckter, 22, G Force-Toyota, 227.769. South African karting champion in 1995. ... Led 85 laps and was co-rookie of the year at Indianapolis in 2002, when he finished 26th after a crash while leading the race with 28 laps to go.

Row 5

13. (7) Michael Andretti, 40, Dallara-Honda, 227.739. ... Had CART-record 42 career victories. ... CART champion in 1991. ... Best finishes in 13 Indy starts were second in 1991 and third in 2001. ... Began racing go-karts in 1972. ... Made Indy-car debut in 1983.

14. (13) Greg Ray, 36, G Force-Honda, 227.288. IRL champ in 1999. ... Started on pole at Indy and led 26 laps in 2000 but was first out after crash on 68th lap. ... This year has first car No. 13 at Indianapolis since 1914.

15. (54) r-Shinji Nakano, 32, Dallara-Honda, 227.222. Drove in Japanese Formula Three and Formula Nippon series in 1992-96 and in Formula One in 1997-98, with eight top 10 finishes. ... Made 17 starts with Walker Racing in rookie CART season in 2000.

Row 6

16. (21) Felipe Giaffone, 28, G Force-Toyota, 227.210. Third in IRL points this season. ... Finished 10th as a rookie at Indy in 2001 and third in 2002 after leading 12 laps. ... First IRL win at Kentucky in 2002. ... Best finish this season third at Phoenix.

17. (31) w-Al Unser Jr., 41, Dallara-Toyota, 226.285. Two-time Indy 500 winner, 1992 and 1994, ... Making his 16th start at Indy. ... Finished no worse than fourth in five of six races at Indy from 1989-94. ... Second in career winnings with almost $5.1 million.

18. (4) Sam Hornish Jr., 23 Dallara-Chevrolet, 226.225. Two-time defending IRL series champ, 10th in points this season. ... Best finish 14th in three starts at Indianapolis. ... Was seventh in Toyota Atlantic series in 1999, the top rookie in points.Row 7

19. (52) r-Buddy Rice, 27, Dallara-Chevrolet, 226.213. Tied for 12th in IRL points this season. ... Drove Formula 2000 in 1996-97 and Toyota Atlantic in 1998-2000. ... Toyota Atlantic champion in 2000. ... Had four top 10 finishes in five IRL starts in 2002.

20. (2) Jaques Lazier, 32, Dallara-Chevrolet, 225.975. Brother of Buddy Lazier. ... Finished 13th as rookie at Indy in 2000 and 22nd in 2001. ... Started racing BMX bikes at age 5. ... Drove Indy Lights in 1997 and American IndyCar series in 1996.

21. (91) w-Buddy Lazier, 35, Dallara-Chevrolet, 224.910. Indy 500 winner in 1996 and IRL series champion in 2000, when he was runner-up at Indy for the second time. ... Making 11th start this year. ... Had IRL-record four victories in 2001.Row 8

22. (24) Robbie Buhl, 39, Dallara-Chevrolet, 224.369. Indy Lights series champ in 1992. ... Passed rookie test in 1993 but crashed twice and did not qualify. ... Best finish in seven races at Indy was sixth in 1999. ... Started second last year but finished 16th.

23. (14) r-A.J. Foyt IV, 19, Dallara-Toyota, 224.369. Grandson of four-time Indy winner and team owner A.J. Foyt. ... Youngest known starter in Indy 500 history. ... Started racing junior dragsters in 1994 and go-karts in 1995.

24. (23) Sarah Fisher, 22, Dallara-Chevrolet, 224.170. Third woman to race at Indy, finished 31st in 2000 and 2001 and 24th in 2002. ... At Kentucky last year, became the first woman to start from the pole. ... Started racing quarter-midgets at age 5.

Row 9

25. (20) Alex Barron, 32, G Force-Toyota, 227.274. Starting in place of injured Arie Luyendyk. ... Was 1997 Toyota Atlantic champ and rookie of the year. Fifth in IRL points in 2002 with 11 top-10 finishes. ... Was fourth at Indy and was Indy co-rookie of the year with Scheckter.

26. (22) r-Vitor Meira, 26, Dallara-Chevrolet, 227.158. Drove final four races for Menard last year, with three top-10 finishes and first career pole at Texas. ... Rookie of the year in South American F3 series in 1999 and won that series in 2000.

27. (19) Jimmy Vasser, 37, Dallara-Honda, 226.873. Fastest rookie qualifier at Indy in 1992 and CART champ in 1996. ... Has driven in seven previous races at Indy with best finishes fourth in 1994 and 2001. Row 10

28. (99) Richie Hearn, 32, G Force-Toyota, 225.863. Making fourth start at Indy and first start this season. ... Third as rookie at Indy in 1996, 27th in 2000 and sixth last year. ... Started racing go-karts at 8, winning more than 200 international events.

29. (98) Billy Boat, 37, Dallara-Chevrolet, 225.598. The 1998 pole winner at Indy and the slowest qualifier in 2001 and 2002. ... Set USAC record for consecutive wins in any series with 11 straight in Western States midgets in 1995.

30. (5) Shigeaki Hattori, 40, Dallara-Toyota, 224.589. Began racing go-karts in Japan in 1979. ... Raced in Formula Toyota Esso Challenge Cup series in 1992-94 and IRL since 2000. ... Was 20th in his rookie race at Indy in 2002. Row 11

31. (44) Robby McGehee, 29, Dallara-Chevrolet, 224.493. Three previous starts at Indy, with best finish fifth in 1999 when he was rookie of the year in IRL debut. ... Turned fastest lap in Formula 2000 history at 137.064 mph in 1997.

32. (18) Jimmy Kite, 27, Dallara-Chevrolet, 224.195. Last drove at Indy in 2000, when he finished 30th. ... Started racing quarter-midgets and dirt national champion in 1984, and won regional quarter-midget titles in 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1990.

33. (41) Airton Dare, 25, G Force-Toyota, 223.609. IRL rookie of the year in 2000, when he was runner-up at Pikes Peak and 25th at Indianapolis. ... Eighth at Indy in 2001 and 13th in 2002. ... Ninth in points in 2002, when he earned first IRL win at Kansas.

* Today's drivers are listed in starting order with car number in parentheses, age, car chassis-engine, four-lap qualification average in mph, and information (w-former winner; r-rookie):




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