IRL: 2000 winning team to defend title at 85th Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, March 20, 2001 - Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc., which fielded the winning car for Juan Montoya in the 2000 Indianapolis 500, filed two entries March 20 for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing with rookies Nicolas Minassian and ...

IRL: 2000 winning team to defend title at 85th Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, March 20, 2001 - Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc., which fielded the winning car for Juan Montoya in the 2000 Indianapolis 500, filed two entries March 20 for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing with rookies Nicolas Minassian and Bruno Junqueira as the drivers. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing also filed an entry, with team co-owner Robbie Buhl nominated to drive. The 85th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for May 27. Entries must be postmarked by April 11. All drivers will compete for one of the 33 starting spots in the world's most prestigious auto race. Minassian, a native of France now living in Carmel, Ind., will drive the 33 #Target Chip Ganassi Racing G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone, with an identical backup car entered. Minassian was runner-up to his new teammate Junqueira in the FIA Formula 3000 Championship last season before moving with Junqueira to the United States to drive for Chip Ganassi Racing. Simon Hodgson is the chief mechanic for the entry assigned to Minassian. Junqueira, a native of Brazil now living in Indianapolis, will drive the 44 #Target Chip Ganassi Racing G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone, with an identical backup car entered. Barry Wanser is the chief mechanic. Mike Hull and Steve Gough are the team managers for both Ganassi entries. Gough was the chief mechanic for race winner Montoya last year. Chip Ganassi Racing entered the Indianapolis 500 last year for the first time since 1995, with drivers Montoya and Vasser. Buhl, from Cleveland, will attempt to make his sixth career start at Indy in the #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Team Purex G Force/Infiniti/Firestone, with an identical backup car entered. His best finish at Indianapolis is sixth in 1999. He has three career top-10 finishes at Indy, placing ninth as a rookie in 1996 and eighth in 1997. John O'Gara is the chief mechanic, and Jim Robinson is the team manager. Dreyer & Reinbold's entry is the first so far this year for Infiniti-powered cars. Buhl and Eddie Cheever Jr. are the two drivers who use the Infiniti engine in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series.

<pre> 2001 INDIANAPOLIS 500 ENTRIES (as of March 20)

Driver Entrant Car C/E/T Entry Date

Arie Luyendyk Treadway/Hubbard Racing #5, #5T Meijer G/O/F March 1

Felipe Giaffone Treadway/Hubbard Racing #21, #21T Hollywood G/O/F March 1

Scott Sharp Kelley Racing #8, #8T Delphi Automotive Systems D/O/F March 12

Mark Dismore Kelley Racing #28, #28T Delphi/Bryant Heating and Cooling D/O/F March 12

TBA Kelley Racing #20, #20T TBA D/O/F March 12

Greg Ray Team Menard #2, #2T Johns Manville/Menards D/O/F March 14

TBA Team Menard #22, #22T Johns Manville/Menards D/O/F March 14

Robbie Buhl Dreyer & Reinbold Racing #24, #24T Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Team Purex G/I/F March 19

Airton Daré TeamXtreme Racing #88, #88T 1-800-BAR-NONE TeamXtreme G/O/F March 19

Jaques Lazier Jonathan Byrd TeamXtreme Racing #77, #77T Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria TeamXtreme G/O/F March 19

Nicolas Minassian Chip Ganassi Racing Teams #33, #33T Target Chip Ganassi Racing G/O/F March 20

Bruno Junqueira Chip Ganassi Racing Teams #44, #44T Target Chip Ganassi Racing G/O/F March 20

 Cars: 24 Drivers: 10 Entrants: 7 

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