101st Indianapolis 500 Grid

Here's some stats and personal headlines for each of the 33 drivers for the 101st Indianapolis 500 (all stats listed are each drivers stats at the Indianapolis 500 and not their career IndyCar stats):


33) James Davison 
#18 Dale Coyne Racing 

Prior starts - 2
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 316
Top 5s - 0
Top 10s - 0
Laps Led - 0
Best Finish - 16th

Synopsis - Davison will make a surprise start to the grid after replacing the injured Sebastien Bourdais.

James Davison, with Geico Sponsorship for race day (Photo: IndyCar Media)

32) Zach Veach 
#40 AJ Foyt Enterprises

Prior starts - 0
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 0
Top 5s - 0
Top 10s - 0
Laps Led - 0
Best Finish - N/A

Synopsis - Veach is another testament to the strength of the Indy Lights Series, as he starts in his first Indianapolis 500.

Zach Veach (Photo: IndyCar Media)


31) Sebastian Saavedra 
#17 Juncos AFS Racing

Prior starts - 5
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 711
Top 5s - 0
Top 10s - 0
Laps Led - 0
Best Finish - 15th

Synopsis - In now six attempts at Indianapolis, Saavedra has been in the back two rows four times now. He's only finished once.

Sebastian Saavedra (Photo: IndyCar Media)


30) Buddy Lazier
#44 Lazier Partners Racing

Prior starts - 19
Wins - 1
Laps completed - 2,897
Top 5s - 5
Top 10s - 6
Laps Led - 70
Best Finish - 1st

Synopsis - Now in his fourth start with his team, Lazier Partners Racing, Lazier looks poised to have his best 500 in the DW12.

Buddy Lazier, who will likely add sponsors before race day (Photo: IndyCar Media)


29) Spencer Pigot
#11 Juncos Racing

Prior starts - 1
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 195
Top 5s - 0
Top 10s - 0
Laps Led - 0
Best Finish - 25th

Synopsis - The Mazda Road to Indy veteran takes a break from his usual duties with Ed Carpenter Racing to make his second Indy 500 start with new team Juncos Racing.

Spencer Pigot (Photo: IndyCar Media)


28) Pippa Mann
#63 Dale Coyne Racing

Prior starts - 5
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 833
Top 5s - 0
Top 10s - 0
Laps Led - 0
Best Finish - 18th

Synopsis - The now Indianapolis 500 veteran has yet to put a complete race together. Despite finishing all but one race, Mann as yet to do better than 18th.

Pippa Mann (Photo: IndyCar Media)


27) Jack Harvey
#50 Andretti Autosport - Michael Shank Racing

Prior starts - 0
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 0
Top 5s - 0
Top 10s - 0
Laps Led - 0
Best Finish - N/A

Synopsis - The standout from Indy Lights, who could not get a deal together in 2016, will make his IndyCar debut on Sunday. This is also Michael Shank's first Indy 500 as an owner.

Jack Harvey (Photo: IndyCar Media)


26) Conor Daly
#4 AJ Foyt Enterprises

Prior starts - 3
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 313
Top 5s - 0
Top 10s - 0
Laps Led - 0
Best Finish - 22nd

Synopsis - Conor debuted at Indy with Foyt in 2013, which did not go well. His next two starts at Indy did not go well either. Can he put it together this time around?

Conor Daly (Photo: IndyCar Media)


25) Gabby Chaves
#88 Harding Racing

Prior starts - 2
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 399
Top 5s - 0
Top 10s - 0
Laps Led - 0
Best Finish - 16th

Synopsis - Mr. Consistent joins new team Harding Racing for their first Indianapolis 500. In his two prior runs at Indianapolis, he was consistent, but not a factor in the race.

Gabby Chaves (Photo: IndyCar Media)


24) Carlos Munoz
#14 AJ Foyt Enterprises

Prior starts - 4
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 800
Top 5s - 3
Top 10s - 3
Laps Led - 25
Best Finish - 2nd (x2)

Synopsis - Munoz, who has proven to be an absolute boss at Indianapolis, is looking for that elusive win. Two second place finishes and another fourth place finish has proven Munoz as a huge threat at the track.

Carlos Munoz (Photo: IndyCar Media)


23) Simon Pagenaud
#1 Team Penske

Prior starts - 5
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 999
Top 5s - 0
Top 10s - 2
Laps Led - 35
Best Finish - 8th

Synopsis - The defending champion is looking to bounce back after two tough Indianapolis 500s with Team Penske. He is the lowest qualifying Penske driver.

Simon Pagenaud (Photo: IndyCar Media)


22) Josef Newgarden
#2 Team Penske

Prior starts - 5
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 908
Top 5s - 1
Top 10s - 2
Laps Led - 14
Best Finish - 3rd

Synopsis - After struggling early on in his career, Josef Newgarden has started to figure Indianapolis out. Despite a crash early on in the week, Newgarden managed to outqualify Pagenaud. Look for Newgarden to be strong in the race.

Josef Newgarden (Photo: IndyCar Media)


21) Sage Karam
#24 Dreyer and Reinbold - Kingdom Racing

Prior starts - 3
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 293
Top 5s - 0
Top 10s - 1
Laps Led - 2
Best Finish - 8th

Synopsis - Karam always figures to be a factor on race day, but if he can't finish, it won't matter. The youngest driver in the field is his own worst enemy. Can he stay out of trouble for 500 miles?

Sage Karam (Photo: IndyCar Media)


20) Jay Howard
#77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Prior starts - 1
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 60
Top 5s - 0
Top 10s - 0
Laps Led - 0
Best Finish - 30th

Synopsis - Howard makes his return to the 500 after not racing since 2011. He is also driving for Tony Stewart.

Jay Howard (Photo: IndyCar Media)


19) Helio Castroneves
#3 Team Penske

Prior starts - 16
Wins - 3
Laps completed - 3,054
Top 5s - 7
Top 10s - 13
Laps Led - 296
Best Finish - 1st (x3)

Synopsis - Castroneves will make attempt number eight at becoming the fourth driver to win four Indianapolis 500s. Castroneves is always up front at Indy, but starts lower than he ever has before.

Helio Castroneves (Photo: IndyCar Media)


18) Juan Pablo Montoya
#22 Team Penske

Prior starts - 4
Wins - 2
Laps completed - 663
Top 5s - 3
Top 10s - 3
Laps Led - 192
Best Finish - 1st (x2)

Synopsis - Montoya, who finished in 33rd last year, will want to get back on track, because he three other results were 1st, 4th, and 1st. Montoya has no races left after Indianapolis.

Juan Pablo Montoya (Photo: IndyCar Media)


17) James Hinchcliffe
#7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Prior starts - 5
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 873
Top 5s - 0
Top 10s - 2
Laps Led - 53
Best Finish - 6th

Synopsis - Last year's pole sitter is way back in the field this year. In past races, James Hinchcliffe has been solid in the beginning but faded towards the end. He will need to charge through the field this year.

James Hinchcliffe (Photo: IndyCar Media)


16) Charlie Kimball
#83 Chip Ganassi Racing

Prior starts - 6
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 1,148
Top 5s - 2
Top 10s - 4
Laps Led - 13
Best Finish - 3rd

Synopsis - Charlie Kimball can be sneaky good at Indianapolis, but can he avoid the troubles that plague him at many of the other tracks?

Charlie Kimball (Photo: IndyCar Media)


15) Max Chilton
#8 Chip Ganassi Racing

Prior starts - 1
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 200
Top 5s - 0
Top 10s - 0
Laps Led - 0
Best Finish - 15th

Synopsis - Chilton has been plenty fast in speed week and raised some eyebrows in qualifying, but can he put together a solid race where moves up through the field?

Max Chilton (Photo: IndyCar Media)


14) Graham Rahal
#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Prior starts - 9
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 1,328
Top 5s - 2
Top 10s - 2
Laps Led - 6
Best Finish - 3rd

Synopsis - Rahal is probably tired of getting reminded of his dad's win from 1986. Can Graham join him? He seems confident in his race pace and Hondas have been fast, so it is not out of the question.

Graham Rahal (Photo: IndyCar Media)


13) Mikhail Aleshin
#7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports - Marotti Racing

Prior starts - 2
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 324
Top 5s - 0
Top 10s - 0
Laps Led - 1
Best Finish - 21st

Synopsis - Despite being fast in the past at Indianapolis, Aleshin has struggled to put together a complete race. Aleshin needs a good race to get his season back on track.

Mikhail Aleshin (Photo: IndyCar Media)


12) Oriol Servia
#16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Prior starts - 8
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 1,410
Top 5s - 1
Top 10s - 2
Laps Led - 18
Best Finish - 4th

Synopsis - Servia, who is not the only Spaniard in the field this year, is consistent, but has not cracked the top-ten since 2012.

Oriol Servia (Photo: IndyCar Media)


11) Ed Jones
#19 Dale Coyne Racing

Prior starts - 0
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 0
Top 5s - 0
Top 10s - 0
Laps Led - 0
Best Finish - N/A

Synopsis - The major darkhorse of the field so far is rookie Ed Jones, who doesn't carry the flash or natural charisma that we've seen from other rookies. However, he quietly goes about his business and is bad fast. Can he be calm and handle the rookie adversities that occurs in the 500?

Ed Jones (Photo: IndyCar Media)


10) Ryan Hunter-Reay
#28 Andretti Autosport

Prior starts - 9
Wins - 1
Laps completed - 1,535
Top 5s - 2
Top 10s - 3
Laps Led - 134
Best Finish - 1st

Synopsis - The driver with the best chance at wining outside of the Fast Nine is 2014 Ryan Hunter-Reay, who has been incredibly fast in the DW12 era at Indianapolis.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Photo: IndyCar Media)


9) Will Power
#12 Team Penske

Prior starts - 9
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 1,678
Top 5s - 2
Top 10s - 5
Laps Led - 74
Best Finish - 2nd

Synopsis - Will Power is deceptively good at Indianapolis, and it was further proven when he was the only Team Penske driver to qualify in the Fast Nine.

Will Power (Photo: IndyCar Media)


8) Marco Andretti
#27 Andretti Autosport

Prior starts - 11
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 2,005
Top 5s - 5
Top 10s - 7
Laps Led - 141
Best Finish - 2nd

Synopsis - Another year, another chance at breaking the Andretti Curse. Andretti is fast each year at Indianapolis, but Marco needs to limit the one or two mistakes that always seems to plague him.

Marco Andretti (Photo: IndyCar Media)


7) Tony Kanaan
#10 Chip Ganassi Racing

Prior starts - 15
Wins - 1
Laps completed - 2,565
Top 5s - 7
Top 10s - 8
Laps Led - 305
Best Finish - 1st

Synopsis - Kanaan, who did finish in the top-ten last year, has yet to be his normal dominate self that we are accustomed to when driving for Chip Ganassi.

Tony Kanaan (Photo: IndyCar Media)


6) JR Hildebrand
#21 Ed Carpenter Racing

Prior starts - 6
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 1,003
Top 5s - 1
Top 10s - 4
Laps Led - 11
Best Finish - 2nd

Synopsis - Hildebrand, who is doing everything he can to change his image as the guy who crashed from the lead with one turn to go, is in a solid position to make an impact in the race.

JR Hildebrand (Photo: IndyCar Media)


5) Fernando Alonso
#29 McLaren Honda Andretti Autosport

Prior starts - 0
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 0
Top 5s - 0
Top 10s - 0
Laps Led - 0
Best Finish - N/A

Synopsis - The most impressive driver so far, and the one with the most attention on him, is two-time F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso. Given his great equipment and his tremendous abilities, Alonso is in a good position to contend, but can he keep the mistakes to a minimum in the race?

Fernando Alonso (Photo: IndyCar Media)


4) Takuma Sato
#26 Andretti Autosport

Prior starts - 7
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 1,180
Top 5s - 0
Top 10s - 0
Laps Led - 31
Best Finish - 13th (x2)

Synopsis - With an incredible starting position, Sato will be looking looking to do what he hasn't been able to do at Indy so far: finish in the top-ten. This from the same guy who was a couple turns away from at least a photo finish with Dario Franchitti in 2012. He has been very surprising so far this month.

Takuma Sato, who will be carrying different colors on race day (Photo: IndyCar Media)


3) Alexander Rossi
#98 Andretti-Herta Autosport

Prior starts - 1
Wins - 1
Laps completed - 200
Top 5s - 1
Top 10s - 1
Laps Led - 14
Best Finish - 1st

Synopsis - Rossi will need to do a lot to keep batting 1.000 at Indianapolis. Coming off of an epic win last season in the 100th 500, he should be a force to win this race too. Can he get some of the luck he got last year to match his brute force?

Alexander Rossi (Photo: IndyCar Media)


2) Ed Carpenter
#20 Ed Carpenter Racing

Prior starts - 13
Wins - 0
Laps completed - 2,207
Top 5s - 1
Top 10s - 3
Laps Led - 69
Best Finish - 5th

Synopsis - Carpenter is a natural at Indianapolis and always has a good first half of the race, but can he put himself in a position to win late when it counts?

Ed Carpenter (Photo: IndyCar Media)


1) Scott Dixon
#9 Chip Ganassi Racing

Prior starts - 14
Wins - 1
Laps completed - 2,617
Top 5s - 6
Top 10s - 10
Laps Led - 434
Best Finish - 1st

Synopsis - The easy favorite heading into the race is Scott Dixon. An unreal qualifying effort translates well into race pace, but as we have seen in the past, pole sitters have faded midway through the race. Can Dixon avoid this?

Scott Dixon, who will be carrying different colors on race day (Photo: IndyCar Media)


MILESTONES

- With his start, Buddy Lazier moves into 9th on the all-time Indianapolis 500 starts list with 20 starts.

- Alexander Rossi is trying to become the second driver to win two Indianapolis 500s in his first two starts (Helio Castroneves 2001, 2002).

- Helio Castroneves is trying to join A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, and Rick Mears as four-time winners at the Indianapolis 500. If he did it, he would be the first non-American to accomplish it.

- Juan Pablo Montoya will try to become one of nine drivers to win three or more Indianapolis 500s.

- Helio Castroneves needs 120 laps to move into third on the all-time laps completed last at Indianapolis, surpassing Gordon Johnock and Al Unser Jr.

- With a top-five finish, both Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves can move into a tie for fifth all-time in Indianapolis 500 history with eight top-fives. They would tie with Gordon Johncock.

- With a top-ten, Scott Dixon will move into a tie for fifth all-time in Indianapolis 500 history with eleven top-tens. He would tie Mario Andretti and Gordon Johncock.

- Scott Dixon (realistically) can climb to fifth all-time in laps led at Indianapolis if he leads 75 or more laps.

- Marco Andretti is fifth all-time at Indianapolis of most laps led without a win at Indianapolis with 141.

- Ed Carpenter is sixth all-time at Indianapolis of most laps completed without a win at Indianapolis with 2,207.

- With the addition of the four rookies, 763 drivers have now raced at Indianapolis.



Time for the 101st.

-Matthew Hickey