The entry list for the Indianapolis 500 race in May 2019 is slowly filling up.
Two more drivers announced their intentions to compete in the legendary during this weekend.
Sage Karam will try to qualify for his sixth Indy 500. This will be the fifth out of six times for the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team. They will run WIX colours on the car this year. The best result for Karam came in his debut in 2014, where he finished ninth. He hasn’t seen the chequered flag since that race, due to a mix of crashes and technical issues. He will be racing car #24 with Chevrolet power.
Pippa Mann hasn’t lost faith in the race. She was one of the drivers who failed to qualify in 2018, but she will try for her eighth time this year. She has qualified for the other six, and has finished the race in the top-20 on several occasions. After six seasons at Dale Coyne Racing, she had opted to go for the brand new Clauson-Marshall team, with their Driven2SaveLives Chevrolet #39.
If the Clauson name seems familiar, it’s because the team is started by the now late Indycar and NASCAR driver Bryan Clauson’s father, Tim Clauson. Bryan was donating his organs to people waiting for vital organs, giving them a new life. Richard Marshall has been a sponsor for the Clauson family for year, and now wants to give Indycar a go. Mann and Clauson were teammates in the 2016 Indy 500 race, just over two months before his way too premature death due to an accident at a Midget race.
Common for both drivers are that these are Indy 500-only entries. There is a slight opening for Karam, to do a few more races – in case he gets through the race in May well, and either wins a lot of prize money, or finds some more sponsors for more races.
The qualifying for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge will be run on 18-19 May 2019, while the race is run on the following Sunday.