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2019 Indianapolis 500 – Race preview row by row



INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis 500 is equivalent to the Kentucky Derby, the Masters or the Winter Olympic Games. We all tune in, even if we have not paid a little attention to horse racing, golf, figure skating or, yes, IndyCar races, the other 50 weeks of the year.

Well, good news, fans of Memorial Day weekend races. We are here to help you, lowering the starting grid with our row-by-row, easy-to-learn preview of the 33-car field filled with seven former Indy 500 winners and six rookies. Feel free to memorize so you can impress your friends and family with your sudden open book of knowledge about open wheel racing.

How to look
When: Sunday, noon ET
TV: NBC

Simon Pagenaud won his first pole position in the Indianapolis 500 for the 103rd race on Sunday. Photo by Khris Hale / Icon Sportswire

Row 1

Simon Pagenaud
No. 22
Native city: Montmorillon, France
Team: Penske equipment
Engine: Hunting
Car color Really very yellow
The choice of milk if you win: All
Why you should worry about him: It looks and sounds like Jean Girard, the archienemesis of "Talladega Nights" by Ricky Bobby. Hell, he even lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with all the NASCAR drivers. But it's not a joke, he won the IndyCar 2016 championship and just two weeks ago the Indy Grand Prix through a perverse movement in the last lap of the race … and he did it in the rain.

2 related

Ed carpenter
No. 20
Native city: Indianapolis
Team: Ed Carpenter Racing
Engine: Hunting
Car color Royal blue with silver trim
The choice of milk if you win: Whole (he wants buttermilk, the first milk swallowed in Victory Lane by Louis Meyer in 1936, but that's not an option)
Why you should worry about him: The beloved hero of the hometown is three times the winner of the Indy 500 pole and last weekend was less than .003 mph of a quarter. He is Speedway, Indiana, a member of royalty as the stepson of Tony George, founder of the Indy Racing League and grandson of Tony Hulman, the man who saved the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from ruin after World War II.

Spencer Pigot
No. 21
Native city: Orlando, Florida
Team: Ed Carpenter Racing
Engine: Hunting
Car color Black with orange letters
The choice of milk if you win: All
Why you should worry about him: His sponsor, AutoGeek, has a logo on the side of the car with that blonde head geek, elbow through the window and across the street behind the wheel … and coincidentally looks exactly like Pigot.

Row 2

Ed Jones
No. 63
Native city: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Team: Ed Carpenter Racing
Engine: Hunting
Car color Red upper half, white lower half
The choice of milk if you win: All
Why you should worry about him: Born in Dubai, he is technically British but lives in Miami and has a place in Indianapolis. So, no matter where you are from, he is also likely to be from there.

Colton Herta
No. 88
Native city: Valencia, california
Team: Harding Steinbrenner Racing
Engine: Sling
Car color White with green accents and letters.
The choice of milk if you win: All
Why you should worry about him: Herta's father, Bryan, was a pilot and now owns a team. The owner of Colton's team is George Michael Steinbrenner IV, grandson of the unstable deceased owner of the New York Yankees. It also uses the trademark of Dale Earnhardt Jr No. 88.

Will Power
No. 12
Native city: Toowoomba, Australia
Team: Penske equipment
Engine: Hunting
Car color Really black
The choice of milk if you win: It does not matter (really, friend?)
Why you should worry about him: He is the defending champion of Indy 500, which ended with a long run of bad luck drinking milk a year ago. Also, his name is great.

Row 3

Sebastien Bourdais
No. 18
Native city: Le Mans, France
Team: Dale Coyne with Vasser-Sullivan
Engine: Sling
Car color Think bumblebee, black lower half, yellow upper half, black and yellow checkered nose
The choice of milk if you win: 2 percent
Why you should worry about him: Of course, he is a lifelong runner, winner and survivor. But the most important thing is that his nickname is "Sea Bass".

Josef newgarden
No. 2
Native city: Nashville, Tennessee
Team: Penske equipment
Engine: Hunting
Car color White with red / orange trim day-glo
The choice of milk if you win: All
Why you should worry about him: Because admit it, you thought that with that name, the IndyCar 2017 champion had to be from a small town in Austria. It's not from Music City and it grew up near Reba's house.

Alexander Rossi
No. 27
Native city: Nevada City, California
Team: Andretti Autosport
Engine: Sling
Car color Royal blue and gold
The choice of milk if you win: All
Why you should worry about him: When he surprised the world of racing by winning the 100th Indy 500 as a rookie, many complained that he was not worthy of this achievement. He has used that criticism as fuel, winning five more races and almost winning the IndyCar 2018 title.

Mario Andretti's grandson, Marco, is trying to win in Indianapolis 50 years after his grandfather did it. Brian Spurlock / USA TODAY Sports

Row 4

Marco Andretti
No. 98
Native city: Nazareth, Pennsylvania
Team: Andretti Herta with Marco & Curb-Agajanian
Engine: Sling
Car color Solid red
The choice of milk if you win: All
Why you should worry about him: The month of May has celebrated the 50th anniversary of Mario Andretti's Indy 500 victory. Since 1969, Mario's two sons, his nephew and now his grandson Marco failed to get a second victory in the family reunion. We are all fed up with hearing about Andretti's curse. It would be great to see Marco finally finish it.

Conor Daly
No. 25
Native city: Noblesville, Indiana
Team: Andretti Autosport
Engine: Sling
Car color The US Air Force UU It is gray and blue with impressive shark teeth in the nose
The choice of milk if you win: All
Why you should worry about him: Because it was amazing in season 30 of "The Amazing Race" with teammate Alexander Rossi.

Helio castroneves
Number 3
Native city: São Paulo, Brazil
Team: Penske equipment
Engine: Hunting
Car color Yellow. Like, super yellow. They even call it the Yellow Submarine.
The choice of milk if you win: All
Why you should worry about him: He has been stuck in three Indy 500 victories for a decade. If you are finally going to join A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and mentor Rick Mears as the only winners on four occasions, the 44-year-old needs to hurry. And, oh yes, he also won "Dancing with the Stars".

Row 5

Marcus Ericsson
No. 7
Native city: Kumla, Sweden
Team: Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Engine: Sling
Car color Black with gold stripes
The choice of milk if you win: Fat-free
Why you should worry about him: The owner of his car, Sam Schmidt, is one of the most inspiring stories in the history of IndyCar. A quadriplegic since a car accident in 2000, he has become a tireless advocate for paralytics and even managed to get behind the wheel of a custom-made racing car.

Takuma Sato
No. 30
Native city: Tokyo
Team: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Engine: Sling
Car color White cover, combined red and yellow nose and sidepods.
The choice of milk if you win: 2 percent
Why you should worry about him: His exciting Indy 500 victory in 2017 sparked an insane epic celebration across Japan. Imagine that happening again, but now with David Letterman as the owner of his car.

James Davison
No. 33
Native city: Melbourne, Australia
Team: Dale Coyne Racing
Engine: Sling
Car color Solid black with a red stripe on the spine
The choice of milk if you win: All
Why you should worry about him: His Indy 500 helmet features the Royal Air Force insignia to pay tribute to Memorial Day to his grandfather, Tony Gaze, who won the Distinguished Flying Cross three times during World War II and became Australia's first driver and first F1 driver. .

Row 6

Tony Kanaan
No. 14
Native city: Salvador Brazil
Team: A.J. Foyt Enterprises
Engine: Hunting
Car color Red white and blue
The choice of milk if you win: 2 percent
Why you should worry about him: If IndyCar's most popular current driver wins his second Indy 500 while driving for IndyCar's most popular IndyCar driver, A.J. Foyt, the party fans could burn Speedway, Indiana on the ground.

Graham rahal
No. 15
Native city: New Albany, Ohio
Team: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Engine: Sling
Car color Dark blue column, nose and white sides.
The choice of milk if you win: 2 percent
Why you should worry about him: When drivers were asked this week who they would like to see winning the race in addition to themselves, the most common responses were children inherited from the surname: Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal, son of 1986 winner Bobby.

Scott Dixon
No. 9
Native city: Auckland, New Zealand
Team: Chip Ganassi Racing
Engine: Sling
Car color Burnt orange and blue
The choice of milk if you win: All
Why you should worry about him: Because he is the best IndyCar driver of his generation, perhaps of all times, with 43 victories and five championships.

The helmet of Oriol Servia presents an image of Bill Murray of "Stripes". Mark J. Rebilas / USA TODAY Sports

Row 7

Oriol Servia
No. 77
Native city: Paris, Spain
Team: MotorGator Team Stange Racing w / Arrow
Engine: Sling
Car color Racing green and black
The choice of milk if you win: 2 percent
Why you should worry about him: His helmet bears the image of Uncle Sam's point "I Want You" by Bill Murray from the poster of the movie "Stripes." Why? Because he thinks Murray is amazing.

Charlie Kimball
No. 23
Native city: Camarillo, california
Team: Carlin
Engine: Hunting
Car color Yellow nose with a blue stripe in the middle and white sidepods
The choice of milk if you win: All
Why you should worry about him: He is a type 1 diabetic who uses his careers to show his fellow diabetics that they should not allow their condition to be an excuse to stay on the sidelines.

JR Hildebrand
No. 48
Native city: Sausalito, California
Team: Dreyer and Reinbold Racing
Engine: Hunting
Car color Dark blue with reflections blue sky
The choice of milk if you win: All
Why you should worry about him: Finally he was able to erase the memories of the most heartbreaking defeat in the history of the Indy 500, hitting the wall in the last corner of the last lap and delivering the victory to Dan Wheldon in 2011.

Row 8

Ryan Hunter-Reay
No. 28
Native city: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Team: Andretti Autosport
Engine: Sling
Car color Dark yellow with red trim.
The choice of milk if you win: All
Why you should worry about him: In 2012, he won the Indy 500 and the IndyCar title, but since then he has had trouble repeating.

Santino Ferrucci
No. 19
Native city: Woodbury, Connecticut
Team: Dale Coyne Racing
Engine: Sling
Car color Solid white with a black thorn
The choice of milk if you win: All
Why you should worry about him: If you like bad boys sports, then this is your boy. While running in Europe, he was fined for, among other things, sending text messages while driving … his racing car.

Matheus Leist
No. 4
Native city: Novo Hamburgo, Brazil
Team: A.J. Foyt Enterprises
Engine: Hunting
Car color Red white and blue
The choice of milk if you win: 2 percent
Why you should worry about him: Leist, 20, loves to shake his teammate Kanaan, 44, and Chief Foyt, 84, about his age. He recently asked Kanaan what it was like to compete in the first Indy 500 race in 1911.

Row 9

Jack Harvey
No. 60
Native city: Bassingham, England
Team: Meyer Shank Racing
Engine: Sling
Car color Hot pink with black sidepods.
The choice of milk if you win: 2 percent
Why you should worry about him: He is a big fan of Star Wars who loves to wear a shirt with the face of a Stormtrooper painted with the Union Jack in the style of The Who.

King Jordan
No. 42
Native city: Warwick, England
Team: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Engine: Sling
Car color Black lower half, white upper half
The choice of milk if you win: All
Why you should worry about him: He is in his third different race car this month, driving a resistance sports car in France, F2 in Spain and now IndyCar in Indiana.

Ben Hanley
No. 81
Native city: Manchester, England
Team: DragonSpeed
Engine: Hunting
Car color Total Evel Knievel, white with starry blue stripes
The choice of milk if you win: 2 percent
Why you should worry about him: If you like the lost, DragonSpeed ​​are your types. This is his first oval entry to the race, and when the French-based team left for Indy earlier this month, much of the crew was punished due to visa problems. Then, they hired a bunch of local mechanics when they got to Indy.

Row 10

Zach Veach
No. 26
Native city: Stockdale, Ohio
Team: Andretti Autosport
Engine: Sling
Car color Black with blue and yellow trim
The choice of milk if you win: All
Why you should worry about him: In 2011, at age 17, he wrote a book "99 things that teenagers want them to know before they turn 16".

Felix rosenqvist
No. 10
Native city: Vamamo, Sweden
Team: Chip Ganassi Racing
Engine: Sling
Car color White with blue thorn and sidepods.
The choice of milk if you win: 2 percent
Why you should worry about him: He had the IndyCar tweet of 2019 when the series posted a video of a super scary near-accident at the season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida, and he replied, "I had to face the new underwear."

Pippa Mann
No. 39
Native city: Ipswich, England
Team: Clauson-Marshall Racing
Engine: Hunting
Car color A crisscrossed quilt of blue, green, silver and orange.
The choice of milk if you win: All
Why you should worry about her: She is the only woman in the Indy 500 of 2019, the last remaining woman of record days at the beginning of this decade, when four women arrived on the field on three different occasions.

Late sponsors are still entering the history of Kyle Kaiser. Thomas J. Russo / USA TODAY Sports

Row 11

Sage Karam
No. 24
Native city: Nazareth, Pennsylvania
Team: Dreyer and Reinbold Racing
Engine: Hunting
Car color Black and dark yellow
The choice of milk if you win: 2 percent
Why you should worry about him: If this steel jaw blonde looks familiar, it's because you've probably seen her modeling work for Express like Men and Saks 5th Avenue.

James Hinchcliffe
number 5
Native city: Toronto Canada
Team: Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Engine: Sling
Car color Solid black
The choice of milk if you win: Whole (he also wishes he could go with buttermilk like Meyer)
Why you should worry about him: The perpetual prankster known as Hinch has spent the last year with his beloved friend Robert Wickens, the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year in 2018, who has been in a wheelchair since an accident at Pocono Raceway last August. "I've had a lot of support," Wickens said this week. "But Hinch was in the accident with me and now he is in recovery with me."

Kyle Kaiser
No. 32
Native city: Santa Clara, california
Team: Juncos racing
Engine: Hunting
Car color TBD
The choice of milk if you win: All
Why you should worry about him: This is the guy who took F1 world champion Fernando Alonso and McLaren out of the Indy 500. Why is his paint scheme TBD? Because the new sponsors, impressed with their story of David against Goliath, continue to arrive.


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