Yet again there have been doubts that the Indianapolis 500, arguably the greatest motor race in the world, would make its traditional number of 33 entries for the Month of May. But yet again, the Brickyard and Tony George have scraped enough cars together to keep the tradition alive, even if the once-unquestionable prestige remains tarnished during the era of the Indy Racing League.
Once it would have been unthinkable that the 500 could suffer a dearth of entries. Now it is unthinkable that it won't. Only 19 cars started the IRL season opener at St. Petersburg earlier this month, and there are fewer Indy specialist teams turning out for their one race a year.
It's been a major effort to find 14 extra cars to hit the magic 33.
In fact, 38 entries graced the entry list released last week, although take this with a pinch of salt. Only 26 so far are complete with drivers named. The list also includes entries such as a third car from Penske and a fourth from George's own Vision Racing that are unlikely to actually race.