Rookie De Vries Enters Indy

Brayton Racing filed an Indianapolis 500 entry for rookie driver John de Vries on Monday, upping the total number of rookies entered to qualify for the historic race to four.

De Vries will drive the No. 37 Pit Bull Energy Drink, Rhino Cleaning Products Dallara-Chevy. An identical backup car has also been entered.

Before de Vries attempts to qualify for the 86th running of the 500-mile event, he must complete the rookie orientation program on April 11-13 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Norm Johnson is the chief mechanic and Todd Brayton is the team manager for Brayton, which, for the first time, is competing full time in the Indy Racing League this season.

The team, which entered the Indianapolis 500 last year but failed to qualify with Memo Gidley at the helm, is owned by the family of late two-time Indianapolis 500 pole winner Scott Brayton.

De Vries is currently 17th in the IRL points standings after the season-opening Grand Prix of Miami.

Indianapolis 500 entry invitations were mailed on Feb. 22 and must be postmarked by April 3 in order for drivers to be eligible to compete for one of the 33 starting spots in the Memorial Day-weekend race.

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