The 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge is just 20 weeks away, that may sound like a lot however it isn’t. The start of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season has once again just like 2020 been delayed by over a month due to the continuing COVID 19 global pandemic which despite a vaccine is reeking havoc throughout the world.
The Indianapolis 500 is due to take place on May 30 and Penske Entertainment Corporation, the owners of IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are hopeful that fans will be able to attend this year’s edition of the most famous motor race in the world be it at 25, 50 or 75 percent capacity.
The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season will get underway at Barber Motorsports Park on April 11 before heading to St Petersburg/
Last year’s Indianapolis 500 took place in August and was the first time in the races history that it did not take place in its traditional May slot. This year there will once again be a full field of 33 cars with Arrow McLaren SP confirming late last year that Juan Pablo Montoya will compete in the race for them alongside Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist while Chip Ganassi Racing will run four cars for the 500 with Scott Dixon, Alex Palou, Marcus Ericsson and Tony Kanaan.
Andretti Autosport are expected to run at least five cars this year. Paddock Eye ybnderstands that James Hinchcliffe will return to the team full-time this year having secured the sponsorship necessary to race a full season. The team will have Ryan Hunter Reay, Colton Herta, Alexander Rossi, Marco Andretti and the Mayor of HinchTown.
Team Penske will have four drivers with the addition of Scott McLaughlin who makes the full-time transition to the NTT IndyCar Series from the Australian Supercar Series who joins Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud at the team.
Meyer Shank Racing will also have an extra driver this year with addition of Helio Castroneves this year who will drive alongside Jack Harvey.
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