IRL: Indy 500 additional entries 2001-04-13

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, April 13, 2001 - Indianapolis 500 legend A.J. Foyt has entered two cars for the 85th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, as Speedway officials released more entries that beat the April 11 deadline. Entries were also...

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, April 13, 2001 - Indianapolis 500 legend A.J. Foyt has entered two cars for the 85th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, as Speedway officials released more entries that beat the April 11 deadline. Entries were also received from Blueprint Racing, Bradley Motorsports, Della Penna Motorsports, Nienhouse Motorsports, Tri Star Motorsports and Zali Racing.

Foyt, who won the race four times as a driver and in 1999 as a car owner, entered the #14 Harrah's/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone with Eliseo Salazar as driver. An identical backup car was entered as well. Craig Baranouski is listed as team manager, and Bill Spencer is chief mechanic.

Salazar is currently second in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series point standings on the strength of second and third-place finishes at the first two races of the season at Phoenix and Miami, respectively.

Foyt also entered the #41 A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone with Robby Gordon listed as driver. Team manager for the car is Craig Baranouski, and Dave Milby will serve as chief mechanic. Gordon finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 1999 and 2000 Indianapolis 500s driving for Team Menard.

Veteran driver John Paul Jr. will return to Indianapolis after a one-year absence as he is listed as the driver for the #81 Zali Racing/Team Pelfrey Capital Funding G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone, entered by Zali Racing. Eric Zimmerman is team manager, and Richard Moyer is chief mechanic.

Tri Star Motorsports submitted two entries, one for the #6 Tri Star Motorsports Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone driven by Jon Herb, and another for the #60 Tri Star Motorsports Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone with the driver to be announced. Both entries have identical backup cars. Larry Curry is team manager, and Bill Curry is chief mechanic for each entry.

Blueprint Racing, Della Penna Motorsports and Nienhouse Motorsports each entered cars with drivers to be named. Blueprint entered the #27 Blueprint Racing Special G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone with an identical backup. Brad McCanless is team manager, and Russ Glashan is chief mechanic.

Della Penna Motorsports entered the Della Penna Motorsports Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone. Team owner John Della Penna is listed as team manager. Della Penna competed in the Indy Racing League during its inaugural year, 1996, with driver Richie Hearn. The team earned one victory, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in October 1996.

Nienhouse Motorsports entered two cars, a primary and backup, with the Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone combination. The car number, team manager and chief mechanic are to be named.

-IRNLS/IMS-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Jon Herb , Eliseo Salazar , Richie Hearn , John Paul , A.J. Foyt