IRL: Indy 500: Entry invitations to be sent out

ENTRY INVITATIONS TO BE MAILED FEB. 22 FOR 90TH INDIANAPOLIS 500 INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006 -- Entry invitations for the 90th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race will be mailed Feb. 22 to race teams eligible to compete in "The Greatest...

ENTRY INVITATIONS TO BE MAILED FEB. 22 FOR 90TH INDIANAPOLIS 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006 -- Entry invitations for the 90th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race will be mailed Feb. 22 to race teams eligible to compete in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on May 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Entries must be postmarked by midnight Wednesday, April 5. All drivers named to an Indianapolis 500 entry will compete for one of the 33 starting spots in the world's most prestigious auto race.

The 90th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday, May 28. It's a new start time for the race, pushed back one hour due to Indiana's change to Daylight Savings Time.

Defending Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon leads the list of drivers expected to be named on entries. 2005 IndyCar® Series champion Wheldon will have a new look this season at Indy, moving from Andretti Green Racing to the familiar Target colors of Target Chip Ganassi Racing as teammate to 2003 series champion Scott Dixon.

Other past Indy winners expected to be in the field are 1998 winner Eddie Cheever Jr. with Cheever Racing, 2001-02 winner Helio Castroneves with Marlboro Team Penske and 2004 winner Buddy Rice with Rahal Letterman Racing.

2005 JPMorgan Chase Rookie of the Year Danica Patrick will join Rice as the leaders of Rahal Letterman Racing at Indianapolis. Patrick electrified the crowd last May by finishing fourth after a late-race duel for the lead with Wheldon. She became the first woman to lead laps in the history of the race.

Other recent JPMorgan Chase Rookies of the Year expected to be in the field are Kosuke Matsuura (2004) and Tomas Scheckter (2002).

Longtime Indy stalwart Michael Andretti will return to the driver's seat for the first time since 2003, driving a fifth car for his Andretti Green Racing team in search of his first Indianapolis 500 victory. Andretti will race against his 19-year-old son Marco, an Indy rookie, and AGR standouts Tony Kanaan, Dario Franchitti and Bryan Herta.

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Indy 500 tickets on sale: Tickets are on sale for the 2006 Indianapolis 500, the 90th running of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

Fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.

Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday, while online orders can be made at any time. Ticket prices start at just $20.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Eddie Cheever , Helio Castroneves , Michael Andretti , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Kosuke Matsuura , Chip Ganassi , Danica Patrick
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing