IRL: Indy500: Dick Simon Racing files two entries

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, April 3, 2001 - Dick Simon Racing filed two entries April 3 for the 85th Indianapolis 500, with veteran Stephan Gregoire named as the driver for one entry. No driver was named for the second Simon entry. The 85th ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, April 3, 2001 - Dick Simon Racing filed two entries April 3 for the 85th Indianapolis 500, with veteran Stephan Gregoire named as the driver for one entry.

No driver was named for the second Simon entry.

The 85th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for May 27. Entries must be postmarked by April 11. All drivers will compete for one of the 33 starting spots in the world's most prestigious auto race.

Gregoire, a native of France living in Indianapolis, will drive the #7 Jack K. Elrod Co./Tokheim/NADA Guides Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone, with a G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone chassis as a backup. Richie Simon, son of veteran team owner Dick Simon, is the chief mechanic.

Dick Simon Racing is the first team this year to enter different chassis for its primary and backup cars in the same entry.

Gregoire will attempt to make his sixth Indianapolis 500 start. His best finish is eighth last year, also in a Dick Simon Racing entry.

The second Simon entry is the #17 Dick Simon Racing car. No chassis, engine or tire was specified for the primary or backup car.

Emmanuel Lupe is the team manager for both Simon entries.

<pre> 2001 INDIANAPOLIS 500 ENTRIES (as of April 3)

Driver Entrant Car C/E/T Entry Date

Arie Luyendyk Treadway/Hubbard Racing #5, #5T Meijer G/O/F March 1

Felipe Giaffone (R) Treadway/Hubbard Racing #21, #21T Hollywood G/O/F March 1

Scott Sharp Kelley Racing #8, #8T Delphi Automotive Systems D/O/F March 12

Mark Dismore Kelley Racing #28, #28T Delphi/Bryant Heating and Cooling D/O/F March 12

TBA Kelley Racing #20, #20T TBA D/O/F March 12

Greg Ray Team Menard #2, #2T Johns Manville/Menards D/O/F March 14

TBA Team Menard #22, #22T Johns Manville/Menards D/O/F March 14

Robbie Buhl Dreyer & Reinbold Racing #24, #24T Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Team Purex G/I/F March 19

Airton Dare TeamXtreme Racing #88, #88T 1-800-BAR-NONE TeamXtreme G/O/F March 19

Jaques Lazier Jonathan Byrd TeamXtreme Racing #77, #77T Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria TeamXtreme G/O/F March 19

Nicolas Minassian (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Teams #33, #33T Target Chip Ganassi Racing G/O/F March 20

Bruno Junqueira (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Teams #44, #44T Target Chip Ganassi Racing G/O/F March 20

Shigeaki Hattori (R) Vertex/Cunningham Racing #55, #55T EPSON G/O/F March 23

Michael Andretti Team Green #39, #39T Motorola/Archipelago D/O/F March 27

Jack Miller Cahill Racing #11, #11T Olympus/Opalescence/Cahill Racing D/O/F March 28

Davey Hamilton Sam Schmidt Motorsports #99, #99T Sam Schmidt Motorsports Racing Special D/O/F March 29

Helio Castroneves Penske Racing #68, #68T Marlboro Team Penske D/O/F March 29

Gil de Ferran Penske Racing #66, #66T Marlboro Team Penske D/O/F March 29

TBA Dreyer & Reinbold Racing #23, #23T Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G/I/F March 29

Stephan Gregoire Dick Simon Racing #7, #7T Jack K. Elrod Co./Tokheim/NADA Guides D/O/F G/O/F April 3

TBA Dick Simon Racing #17, #17T Dick Simon Racing TBA April 3

Key: C/E/T-Chassis/engine/tire; D-Dallara; F-Firestone; G-G Force; I-Infiniti; O-Oldsmobile; TBA - To be announced

ENTRY SUMMARY

DRIVERS (17)

Former race winners: Arie Luyendyk, 2 (1990, 1997).

Former pole winners: Arie Luyendyk, 3, (1993, 1997, 1999); Greg Ray, 1 (2000).

Rookies (5): Helio Castroneves, Felipe Giaffone, Shigeaki Hattori, Bruno Junqueira, Nicolas Minassian.

U.S. born (8): Michael Andretti, Robbie Buhl, Mark Dismore, Davey Hamilton, Jaques Lazier, Jack Miller, Greg Ray, Scott Sharp.

Foreign born (9): Helio Castroneves, Brazil; Airton Dare, Brazil; Gil de Ferran, France; Felipe Giaffone, Brazil; Stephan Gregoire, France; Shigeaki Hattori, Japan; Bruno Junqueira, Brazil; Arie Luyendyk, The Netherlands; Nicolas Minassian, France. Youngest: Airton Dare, 23. Oldest: Arie Luyendyk, 47. Most previous starts: Arie Luyendyk, 15.

CARS (42) Chassis: Dallara 21, G Force 19, TBA 2. Engines: Oldsmobile 36; Infiniti 4, TBA 2.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Felipe Giaffone , Robbie Buhl , Shigeaki Hattori , Stephan Gregoire , Davey Hamilton , Scott Sharp , Arie Luyendyk , Airton Daré , Mark Dismore , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jaques Lazier  , Bruno Junqueira , Nicolas Minassian , Sam Schmidt , Chip Ganassi , Dick Simon , Jack Miller
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing , Dreyer & Reinbold Racing , Team Penske