IRL: Indy 500: First day entries filed

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002 - Four entries for the 86th Indianapolis 500 were filed Feb. 26, with three from Team Green and one from Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. Michael Andretti, Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy were named as the drivers...

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002 - Four entries for the 86th Indianapolis 500 were filed Feb. 26, with three from Team Green and one from Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

Michael Andretti, Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy were named as the drivers on the Team Green entries, with Indy Racing League standout Robbie Buhl listed as the driver on the Dreyer & Reinbold entry.

The 86th Indianapolis 500 is May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Entry invitations were mailed Feb. 22, and entries must be postmarked by April 3. All drivers will compete for one of the 33 starting spots in the world's most prestigious auto race.

Andretti, from Nazareth, Pa., will drive the No. 39 Motorola/Archipelago Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, with an identical backup entered. John Cummiskey is the chief mechanic and Tony Cotman the team manager.

1984 Indianapolis 500 co-Rookie of the Year Andretti will seek his first Indy victory and attempt to make his 13th career start at Indy. He finished third last year in his first Indy 500 start since 1995. It was Andretti's seventh career top-10 finish at Indianapolis, with a best of second in 1991.

Franchitti, from Blackburn, Scotland, will drive as an Indianapolis 500 rookie in the team's No. 27 Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, with an identical backup car entered. The official car name will be announced later. George Klotz is the chief mechanic and Kyle Moyer the team manager.

Tracy, from Las Vegas, will attempt to make his first start at Indianapolis since 1995 in the team's No. 26 Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, with an identical backup car entered. The official car name will be announced later. Eric Haverson is the chief mechanic and Moyer the team manager.

Canadian native Tracy aims to make his fifth career Indianapolis 500 start. His best finish is 20th as a rookie in 1992.

Buhl, from Cleveland, will attempt to make his seventh consecutive Indianapolis 500 start in the No. 24 Team Purex/Aventis Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G Force/Infiniti/Firestone, with an identical backup car entered. He has three career top-10 finishes at Indy, with a best of sixth in 1999.

Brad Brewer is the chief mechanic for Buhl's entry, and John O'Gara is the team manager for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, a mainstay in the Indy Racing League.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robbie Buhl , Michael Andretti , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing