Santino Ferrucci will return to the Indianapolis 500 with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. He will drive the number 45 car with sponsorship from HyVee. In the 2020 500, Spencer Pigot drove the 45 HyVee car. The company will also be the primary sponsor for Graham Rahal at Road America and World Wide Technology Raceway.
This will be Ferrucci’s third Indianapolis 500. He drove for Dale Coyne Racing in 2019 and 2020, finishing seventh and fourth respectively. Ferrucci is not in the series full time this season. he is driving select XFinity races for Sam Hunt Racing.
No Fans at IMS Test
Yesterday afternoon IMS announced that there will be no public access to the grounds mThursday or Friday for the open test. A statement released by the track through Nathan brown of IndyStar:
If this action means there is a better chance of having fans at the race, I’m fine with it. Frim what I have seen on social media many fans were planning to come for the test, and IMS could probably not monitor the COVID protocols.
The test features 17 Hondas and 15 Chevys. Cody Ware will be taking his rookie test in the number 52 Dale Coyne/Rick Ware car. Simona De Silvestro makes her speedway return with Paretta Autosport. The action will be streaming on Peacock, which is offering a one week free trial.
The entry list:
Andretti Autosport (5): Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Colton Herta, Alexander Rossi, James Hinchcliffe;
Chip Ganassi Racing (4): Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Alex Palou, Marcus Ericsson;
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (3): Graham Rahal, Takuma Sato, Santino Ferrucci;
Dale Coyne Racing (3): Pietro Fittipaldi, Ed Jones, Cody Ware;
Meyer Shank Racing (2): Jack Harvey, Helio Castroneves
Team Penske (4): Josef Newgarden, Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, Scott McLaughlin;
Arrow McLaren SP (3): Pato O’Ward, Felix Rosenqvist, Juan Pablo Montoya;
Ed Carpenter Racing (3): Rinus VeeKay, Conor Daly, Ed Carpenter;
A.J. Foyt Racing (2): Sebastien Bourdais, Dalton Kellett;
Carlin (1): Max Chilton;
Paretta Autosport (1): Simona de Silvestro;
Dreyer and Reinbold Racing (1): Sage Karam
James Davison said that he will not return to the 500 this year as he is focusing on his NASCAR program.
Dennis Reinbold said he is close to finalizing a deal to run Indianapolis. His team will test.
Entry possibilities left- a sixth car at Andretti and a fourth car at Foyt.