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22. (60) Townsend Bell, 38, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Chevrolet, Panther Racing. Taking temporary break from broadcast booth to make fifth straight IndyCar season debut at Indianapolis. Normally works as race analyst for NBC Sports Network’s IndyCar coverage. Is making seventh career 500 start. Top finish in race was fourth in 2009 after starting 24th. Notable this year because of colorful hat he wears on pit row. Was Indy Lights rookie of year in 2000 and series champion in 2001. Drove in former CART series in 2002 and Formula 3000 in 2003 before joining IndyCar in 2004. Had three top-10 finishes in 2008.

23. (8) Ryan Briscoe, 31, Sydney; Honda, Chip Ganassi Racing. Winner of 2012 Indy pole switched from Roger Penske’s heavyweight team to drive part-time for Penske’s biggest rival. Pole win was narrowest margin in Indy history (9.168 inches, 23.29 centimeters). Driven for Ganassi, Penske and Jay Penske at Indy. Had five straight top-six finishes in points with Penske’s team. Has finished fifth at Indy twice (2007 and 2012). Wife, Nicole, works with ESPN on NASCAR coverage. Has home in Lake Norman, N.C., and is trying to teach two dogs manners.

24. (78) Simona de Silvestro, 24, Mont-sur-Rolle, Switzerland; Chevrolet, KV Racing Technology. Minus Lotus engine, got off to best start of career with finishes of sixth, ninth and eighth in first four races. Enters 500 ninth in points. Looking for third straight top-10 finish for first time in IndyCar career. Became fan favorite at Indy in 2011 with courageous qualifying run, driving with burned hands sustained in frightening, fiery practice crash two days earlier. Career-best finish was fourth at St. Pete in 2011 season-opener. Second woman to win in Atlantics and five career wins are most by woman in Atlantics history. Calls seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher racing hero.


25. (21) Josef Newgarden, 22, Hendersonville, Tenn.; Honda, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. Top youngster bumped out of starting field on Pole Day, requalified Bump Day as fastest second-day qualifier. Put Fisher’s team in pole shootout last year as IndyCar rookie. Coming off season-best fifth at Brazil after starting 25th. Has two top-10s this year in four races after none in 14 starts last season. Won Firestone Indy Lights race in 2011, Freedom 100, at Indy. First American to win International Formula Ford Festival (Kent Class) in 2008. Also has raced in GP3, Formula Ford and Skip Barber National Series for Racer of Tomorrow LTD. Enjoys rock climbing and cooking.

26. (15) Graham Rahal, 24, New Albany, Ohio; Honda, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Son of 1986 race winner Bobby Rahal making sixth career start at Brickyard — second for his dad but first as full-time driver for his father. Best finish at Indy was third in 2011. Has no other Indy 500 top-10s. Became youngest winner in IndyCar history (19 years, 93 days) when won IndyCar debut in 2008 at St. Pete. Has not won since then, a span of 79 races. Nearly ended drought last month at Long Beach with second-place finish. Won two poles in 2009, none since. Avid fan of Ohio State Buckeyes and Columbus Blue Jackets. Restored 1964 Mini Cooper as high school senior class project.

27. (6) Sebastian Saavedra, 22, Bogota, Colombia; Chevrolet, Dragon Racing. First driver born in 1990s to compete in 500 is now making move from part-time IndyCar driver to full-timer with Dragon Racing. Was third Colombian to start race, joining Roberto Guerrero and Juan Pablo Montoya. Only top-20 finish this season was 19th at Brazil. Dropped out of two 2013 races because of contact. Making third career Indy start with finishes of 23rd in 2010 and 26th last year. Firestone Indy Lights rookie of year in 2009 after finishing third in points.

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28. (55) r-Tristan Vautier, 23, Corenc, France; Honda, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Last year’s Firestone Indy Lights champ is one of four rookies to qualify for 500. Qualified sixth at St. Pete and third at Barber in first career IndyCar starts. Earned first top-10 in season’s second race (Barber). First driver to win back-to-back Indy Mazda Road To Indy scholarships. Started racing karts at age 4. Raced in several European developmental series’ before moving to U.S. in 2010. Father helped establish French race course at Laquais. Drove for Sam Schmidt’s team in Lights series before graduating to IndyCars.

29. (18) Ana Beatriz, 28, Sao Paulo; Honda, Dale Coyne Racing. One of eight drivers bumped out of top 24 starting spots on Pole Day. Returned on Bump Day and easily qualified for fourth straight Indy start. Finished 21st,21st and 23rd in previous appearances. Running fifth straight race for Coyne’s team but only finished one (14th at Long Beach) with car still running. Spent 2008 and 2009 competing on Indy Lights circuit, becoming first woman to win in series — at Nashville in 2008. Won Indy Lights Rising Star Award in 2008. Finished fifth in South American Formula 3 points in 2006 and won three times in Brazilian Formula Renault Series from 2003-05.

30. (63) Pippa Mann, 29, Ipswich, England; Honda, Dale Coyne Racing. Making first IndyCar start since sustaining injuries in 2011 crash that killed two-time 500 winner Dan Wheldon. Mann and Beatriz are first female teammates to start at Indy. Started 31st and 20th in only other 500 starts. Began career in European developmental series and was first woman to compete in Formula Renault 3.5. Moved to IndyCars in 2009. Big fan of Twitter and Instagram.

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31. (41) r-Conor Daly, 21, Noblesville, Ind.; Honda, A.J. Foyt Enterprises. Local racer with strong racing ties will be youngest American rookie to start race since Graham Rahal in 2008. Spent opening weekend of practice racing in Spain. Airline lost HANS device on way back from Spain. Only driver to hit wall in first week of practice or two qualifying days. Father, Derek, started six 500s and has been race analyst on TV. Stepfather, Doug Boles, is speedway’s spokesman. Made five starts and won one race in 2011 in Firestone Indy Lights. Moved to European GP3 Series in 2012. Won seven races and was Formula Star Mazda champion in 2010. In 2008 was detained along with Josef Newgarden by British border patrol, who Daly says “didn’t believe anything we had to say.” First job was being supermarket bag boy. Enjoys snowboarding when not racing.

32. (91) w-Buddy Lazier, 45, Vail, Colo.; Chevrolet, Lazier Partners Racing Inc. Fourth former 500 winner to make race. Won in 1996, first year of CART-IndyCar (then Indy Racing League) split. At 45, oldest driver in starting field. Despite 16 career starts and five top-five finishes at Indy, took refresher course before qualifying because last start came in 2008. Failed to qualify at Indy in 2009. Hasn’t driven in any races since 2009. Competing for father, Bob, gives race three-father son teams. Others are Michael and Marco Andretti and Bobby and Graham Rahal. Race organizers believe that’s race record. Father started 500 in 1981. Brother, Jacques, has started six 500s.

33. (81) Katherine Legge, 32, Guildford, England; Honda, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Late hire by Sam Schmidt put car in field after almost no track time this month. Made it in, thanks in part, to Michel Jourdain Jr.’s inability to get his car up to speed. Started 10 races last year and posted one top-10 with Jay Penske’s Dragon Racing. First woman to win major open-wheel race in North America, driving in Toyota Atlantics in 2005. Was first woman to compete in Champ Car. Following merger between Champ Car and IndyCar, returned to Europe as factory driver in DTM touring-car series. Had six top-10 finishes in 28 Champ Car starts from 2006-07.