IRL: Deadline Day entries received

INDIANAPOLIS 500 ENTRIES POUR IN ON DEADLINE DAY Andretti Green, Ganassi, Foyt among teams filing INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 6, 2005 -- Thirteen entries, including those from past IndyCar Series champions Andretti Green Racing, Target Chip...

INDIANAPOLIS 500 ENTRIES POUR IN ON DEADLINE DAY
Andretti Green, Ganassi, Foyt among teams filing

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 6, 2005 -- Thirteen entries, including those from past IndyCar Series champions Andretti Green Racing, Target Chip Ganassi Racing and A.J. Foyt Enterprises, were filed April 6 for the 89th Indianapolis 500.

Other teams filing entries were PDM Racing, Nunn Racing and Roth Racing.

The 89th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is deadline day for entries, which must be postmarked by midnight tonight. Additional entries are expected to arrive at Indy Racing League headquarters in the next week.

Defending IndyCar Series champion Andretti Green Racing filed four entries for its quartet of drivers, Bryan Herta, Tony Kanaan, Dan Wheldon and Dario Franchitti.

Herta, from Valencia, Calif., will drive the No. 7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone, with a backup entered. Jeff Grahn is the chief mechanic.

Herta will attempt to make his fourth career Indianapolis 500 start. He finished a career-best fourth last year with Andretti Green, co-owned by former Indianapolis 500 standout Michael Andretti.

2004 series champion Kanaan, from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, will drive the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, with a backup entered. Jeff Simon is the chief mechanic.

Kanaan has been one of the most consistent starters and finishers this decade in his three previous Indy starts. He has qualified in the top five each of the last three years, with a best start of second in 2003. He finished third in 2003 and second last year.

Current series points leader Wheldon, from Emberton, England, will attempt to make his third career Indianapolis 500 start in the No. 27 Klein Tools Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone, with a backup entered. Mike Horvath is the chief mechanic.

Wheldon, who has won this season at Homestead-Miami and Phoenix, started second and finished third last year at Indy, both career bests at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Franchitti, from Edinburgh, Scotland, also will try to make his third career start at Indianapolis in the No. 27 Arca Ex Dallara/Honda/Firestone, with a backup entered. Dave Popielarz is the chief mechanic.

Franchitti qualified third and finished 14th last year at Indy, both career bests.

Kyle Moyer is the team manager of the Andretti Green Racing entries.

Target Chip Ganassi Racing, which won the 2000 Indianapolis 500 with Juan Pablo Montoya and the 2003 IndyCar Series championship with Scott Dixon, filed entries for its three regular IndyCar Series competitors, Dixon, Darren Manning and Ryan Briscoe.

Dixon, from Auckland, New Zealand, will drive the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Toyota Panoz/Toyota/Firestone, with a backup entered. Sean Hanrahan is the chief mechanic.

2003 IndyCar Series champion Dixon will try to improve upon his career-best eighth-place finish in 2004 this year at Indianapolis in his third "500" start.

Manning, from N. Yorkshire, England, will attempt to make his second Indianapolis 500 start in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Toyota Panoz/Toyota/Firestone, with a backup entered. Dave Higuera is the chief mechanic.

Manning started 15th and placed 25th last year as a rookie at Indianapolis.

Rookie Briscoe, from Sydney, Australia, will drive the No. 33 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Toyota Panoz/Toyota/Firestone entry, with a backup entered. Ricky Davis is the chief mechanic.

Barry Wanser and Scott Harner are the team managers of the Target Chip Ganassi Racing entries.

A.J. Foyt Enterprises, which won the 1999 Indianapolis 500 and 1998 IndyCar Series title with Kenny Brack, filed entries for A.J. Foyt IV, Larry Foyt and Scott Mayer. Foyt IV is the grandson of team owner and four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt. Larry Foyt is A.J. Foyt's son.

Foyt IV, from Hockley, Texas, will drive the No. 14 A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone, with a backup entered. Bill Spencer is the chief mechanic.

2002 Menards Infiniti Pro Series^Ù champion Foyt has a career-best finish of 18th in his two Indianapolis 500 starts.

Larry Foyt, from Houston, will try to make his second Indianapolis 500 start in the No. 48 A.J. Foyt Racing Panoz/Toyota/Firestone, with a backup entered. Craig Baranouski is the chief mechanic and also serves as team manager for all three A.J. Foyt Enterprises entries.

Larry Foyt started 22nd and finished 32nd as an Indianapolis 500 rookie in 2004.

IndyCar Series and Infiniti Pro Series veteran Mayer, from Franklin, Wis., will attempt to make his first career Indianapolis 500 start in the No. 41 ABC Supply Co. Inc Dallara/Toyota/Firestone, with a backup entered. The chief mechanic will be announced later.

Team owner Marty Roth, from Toronto, will drive the No. 25 Roth Racing Dallara/Firestone, with an engine to be named. No backup was entered. Rick Duman is the chief mechanic and team manager.

Menards Infiniti Pro Series veteran Roth started 32nd and placed 24th as an Indy rookie last year.

PDM Racing filed an entry for the No. 18 entry with a Chevrolet engine and Firestone tires. The driver, chassis for the primary and backup car, and the engine for the backup car will be announced later. The chief mechanic will be announced, while Jeff Matthews is the team manager for PDM, one of the original IndyCar Series teams.

Mo Nunn Fernandez Racing filed the No. 5 Investment Properties of America Panoz/Honda/Firestone for driver Adrian Fernandez in a owner-driver pairing that was announced earlier. A backup car also was entered. Jim Broyles is the chief mechanic, and Peter Parrott is the team manager.

Fernandez, from Mexico City, will attempt to make his fourth career Indianapolis 500 start. He started sixth and finished seventh last year, leading three laps, all Indy career bests.

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Indy 500 tickets: To purchase tickets, camping or parking for the 89th Indianapolis 500, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY or log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams A.J. Foyt Enterprises , Chip Ganassi Racing