Last Minute Indy Entries Filed
April 5, 2002 | 12:00 A.M. EST
Teams filing entries on April 1-2 include Bradley Motorsports, Cahill Racing, Convergent Racing, Curb-Agajanian-Boat Indy Racing, Panther Racing, PDM Racing and Mo Nunn Racing with two entries.
The new entries up the total number or cars listed for qualifying to 26, and increases the number of drivers by seven for a total of 21, leaving five cars with drivers still to be named.
Panther Racing filed an entry for Sam Hornish Jr., the current IRL points leader heading to Nazareth Speedway for the Firestone Indy 225 on April 21, the final race before the Indy 500.
Hornish will drive the No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara-Chevy for Panther Racing. An identical backup car has also been entered. Hornish’s best finish, 14th, came last year in his second start at Indy.
Simon Morley has been named chief mechanic of the Panther car while Kevin “Rocket” Blanch will be the team manager.
Billy Boat will drive the No. 98 CURB Records Dallara-Chevy entered by Curb-Agajanian-Boat Indy Racing, with Terry Wilbert as chief mechanic and Darrell Soppe as team manager. An identical backup car has been entered for Boat.
Boat, the 1998 Indy 500 pole winner, will try to make his sixth career start and improve upon his career-best, third-place finish in the Indy 500, which came in 1999.
Cahill Racing has named Robby McGehee to drive the No. 10 Dallara-Chevy, with an identical backup car also entered for McGehee.
McGehee’s best finish in the Indy 500 is a fifth-place effort in 1999 when he won Indy 500 rookie honors. He will attempt to make his fourth start in the historic race this May.
Team owner Larry Cahill is also the team manager for the No. 10 car. Kevin Hertle is the chief mechanic.
After failing to qualify last year, Japanese-native Shigeaki Hattori returns to Indy looking to make it on the grid for the first time. Hattori will drive Bradley Motorsports’ No. 12 Dallara-Chevy. An identical backup car has been entered for him.
Andy Green is the chief mechanic and Don Williams is the team manager for Hattori’s EPSON-sponsored car.
Another Japanese driver, rookie Hideki Noda, will drive Convergent Racing’s No. 20 G Force-Chevy. A backup car has not been entered for Noda.
Noda’s chief mechanic is Danny Hunter and Tom O'Brien is the team manager.
Mo Nunn Racing will bring its two drivers together for Indy 500 qualifying - Tony Kanaan of the CART FedEx Championship series and Felipe Giaffone of the IRL. Peter Parrott is the team manager for Mo Nunn Racing.
Kanaan will attempt to make his first Indy 500 start, driving the No. 17 G Force-Chevy. An identical backup car has also been entered. Don Lambert is the chief mechanic for Kanaan's entry.
Giaffone, the 2001 IRL rookie of the year, will drive the No. 21 G Force-Chevy. An identical backup car has been entered for Giaffone as well. In his first Indy 500 start last year, Giaffone finished 10th. Tom Vasi is Giaffone’s chief mechanic.
PDM Racing’s Indy entry did not include the driver or the car name for the No. 18 Dallara-Chevy. Paul Murphy is the chief mechanic and Larry Arnold is the team manager of the one-car entry.
Indy 500 practice begins on May 5 and qualifying is set for May 11-12, with final qualifying on May 18. Race day is Sunday, May 26.