The 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 is this Sunday, with the green flag waving at 12:45 PM ET. Thirty-three drivers will enter the race, but only one will be crowned champion.
Here is the breakdown for the Indy 500 starting grid.
Indy 500 Starting Grid | Row 1
Scott Dixon: #9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
The six-time NTT IndyCar Series champion edged Colton Herta for the pole in this year’s Indianapolis 500. Dixon is third on the all-time wins list with 51. He won the 2008 race after claiming the pole.
Colton Herta: #26 Andretti Autosport with Curb Agajanian Honda
Colton Herta is only 21 years old, but he is a real threat to win this year’s race. The young gun is fearless, and it has allowed him to collect four wins in three full years in the series. He is the son of former IndyCar driver Bryan Herta.
Rinus VeeKay: #21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
Rinus Veekay completes the youngest first row in race history. The driver is only 20, and he collected his first victory on the Indianapolis 500 Road Course in the GMR Grand Prix.
Indy 500 Starting Grid | Row 2
Ed Carpenter: #20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
Ed Carpenter has won the Indy 500 pole three times, but he has never delivered on race day. However, the oval-track specialist always races well in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. He has three career IndyCar victories.
Tony Kanaan: #48 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Tony Kanaan won the 2013 Indianapolis 500. Heading into the 2020 season, Kanaan made 317 consecutive IndyCar starts. The driver has 17 career race wins in the series.
Alex Palou: #10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
2021 is Alex Palou’s second full year in the NTT IndyCar Series. The driver is 24 years of age and recorded his first win in the 2021 Honda Grand Prix of Alabama.
Indy 500 Starting Grid | Row 3
Ryan Hunter-Reay: #28 Andretti Autosport Honda
Ryan Hunter-Reay is one of nine former champions in the 2021 field. He won the Greatest Spectacle in Racing in 2014. He also was the 2012 NTT IndyCar Series winner.
Helio Castroneves: #06 Meyer Shank Racing Honda
Helio Castroneves is chasing elite status in the 2021 Indianapolis 500. He has three victories under his belt in 2001, 2002, and 2009. There have only been three drivers who have four race victories to their names in the sport’s history.
Marcus Ericsson: #8 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
2021 is Marcus Ericsson’s second season in the NTT IndyCar Series. He most recently competed in Formula 1, racing with Sauber for four seasons.
Indy 500 Starting Grid | Row 4
Alexander Rossi: #27 Andretti Autosport Honda
Alexander Rossi won the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 as a rookie. He was the first driver to win the race as a rookie since 2001. He has seven total NTT IndyCar Series victories and six poles.
Ed Jones: #18 Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan Honda
Ed Jones was the NTT IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year in 2017, but he is still searching for his first win.
Pato O’Ward: #5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Pato O’Ward is 22 years old, and he was very successful in last year’s Greatest Spectacle in Racing. He won the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year in 2020. This will be his first time on the oval with fans in attendance.
Indy 500 Starting Grid | Row 5
Pietro Fittipaldi: #51 Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
Pietro Fittipaldi, the grandson of two-time race champion Emerson Fittipaldi, will make his Indianapolis 500 debut in the 105th running. He has good bloodlines, but rookies usually struggle in this race.
Felix Rosenqvist: #7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Felix Rosenqvist has been racing in the NTT IndyCar Series for three years, and he had one victory in 2020. Rosvenqvist was named the 2019 NTT IndyCar Rookie of the Year in his debut season.
Takuma Sato: #30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
Takuma Sato is the reigning Indy 500 champion and a two-time winner. Sato is not aggressive, but he usually stays clean and takes advantage of mistakes late in races. He has six wins in his IndyCar career.
Indy 500 Starting Grid | Row 6
James Hinchcliffe: #29 Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport Honda
James Hinchcliffe has been driving in the NTT IndyCar Series since 2011. He was the Rookie of the Year in 2011, and he has six race victories over his career.
Scott McLaughlin: #3 Team Penske Chevrolet
Scott McLaughlin will race in his first Indy 500 on Sunday. He made his debut in the series finale last year in St. Petersburg. 2021 is his first year as a full-time driver.
Graham Rahal: #15 Rahal Letterman Racing Honda
Graham Rahal made his IndyCar debut in 2007 at the age of 18. He is a six-time race winner, and he is the son of Bobby Rahal, the 1986 Indy 500 winner.
Indy 500 Starting Grid | Row 7
Conor Daly: #47 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
Conor Daly joined Ed Carpenter racing in 2020 after finishing 10th in the 2019 Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport. He is the son of former IndyCar and Formula 1 driver Derek Daly.
Jack Harvey: #60 Meyer Shank Racing Honda
Jack Harvey has been racing in the NTT IndyCar Series since 2017, but he still does not have a win. He won six races in two seasons in Indy Lights.
Josef Newgarden: #2 Team Penske Chevrolet
Josef Newgarden is one of the best drivers in the sport. He did not have great speed in qualifying, but he will be a factor on Sunday. He has 18 wins and two series championships since 2012.
Indy 500 Starting Grid | Row 8
JR Hildebrand: #1 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet
JR Hildebrand has been in and out of the NTT IndyCar Series for years. In 2018, he finished 11th in the Indianapolis 500 after starting in 27th.
Santino Ferrucci: #45 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
Santino Ferrucci has four top-five finishes in his IndyCar career, but he has not won a race. He raced as a development driver in Formula 1 for the past three years with Haas, but he is back in IndyCar as a full-time driver in 2021.
Juan Pablo Montoya: #86 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Juan Pablo Montoya stepped away from the sport to help his son achieve his driving dreams. However, we cannot forget about the veteran on Sunday. He is a two-time Indy 500 champion, winning in 2000 and 2015.
Indy 500 Starting Grid | Row 9
Marco Andretti: #98 Andretti Herta-Haupert with Marco and Curb-Agajanian Honda
Marco Andretti was the 2020 pole winner, but he was a non-factor throughout the entire race. He was the race Rookie of the Year in 2006, but he has only two victories in his whole career after a promising start.
Simon Pagenaud: #22 Team Penske Chevrolet
Simon Pagenaud is the only former race winner in row nine. He won the 103rd running of the Indy 500 in 2019. The driver has 15 victories in his career.
Sebastien Bourdais: #14 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet
Sebastien Bourdais has not won the Indianapolis 500, but he is the only driver to win four consecutive series championships (2004-2007). He is sixth on the all-time wins list with 37.
Indy 500 Starting Grid | Row 10
Stefan Wilson: #25 Andretti Autosport Honda
Stefan Wilson is a significant name in racing, but he has not competed much in the United States. Sunday will be his fourth IndyCar start of all time.
Max Chilton: #59 Carlin Chevrolet
Max Chilton is racing in his fifth NTT IndyCar season as a full-time driver. He started his IndyCar journey in 2015 in Indy Lights. He has one top-five finish in the series since 2016.
Dalton Kellett: #4 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet
Dalton Kellett joined A.J. Foyt in 2020 and made his debut in the GMR Grand Prix. In 2018, he finished seventh in the Indy Lights Series.
Indy 500 Starting Grid | Row 11
Sage Karam: #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet
Sage Karam made his IndyCar debut in 2014. He has led 14 laps in his career, and he one top-five finish in the series.
Will Power: #12 Team Penske Chevrolet
Will Power snuck into the race, but he could make noise from the back row. He is the 2018 Indianapolis 500 champion with 39 to his name.
Simona De Silvestro: #16 Paretta Autosport Chevrolet
Simona De Silvestro finished 14th in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, which earned her the race’s Rookie of the Year. She will be the first driver for Paretta Autosport to race in the Indianapolis 500. Sunday will be her sixth start in the Indy 500.
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