IndyCar – Bruno Makes 3 Too Many

brunoBruno Junqueira has been confirmed in the #36 car for Conquest Racing. Granted, Indy has the highest payday on the circuit, but Conquest didn’t show up at Kansas and has openly admitted that their results at Indy (read payday) will determine if they show up at Milwaukee in two weeks. It seems a strange move to add an additional car in such an uncertain financial environment for them.

But then again, Bruno is a proven commodity. He has sat on the pole at Indy before and he is a wily seasoned veteran. Teamed with Alex Tagliani, this could be a formidable mid-pack team next weekend.

But first we have to get through this weekends qualifying action. Bruno at Conquest makes 36 car/driver combinations, which is three too many. So we will have some fierce bumping action on Sunday as long as it doesn’t rain and as long as these calculated risks taken on veterans don’t turn out to bite the teams with a wadded up car.

One thing is for certain, with Bruno and Tomas just added to the field in the last 24 hours, the chances for guys like Stanton Barrett and Mike Conway getting into the field are getting slimmer. Milka Duno may also be under threat, but she tends to qualify well. 3G and Dreyer and Reinbold may have some difficult choices to make this weekend if it looks like their regular full season drivers are not going to make it into the show.

The only other surprise that we might see is AJ Foyt’s third car. As of yet, they have not made any moves to fill the seat. With a 36 strong field, it is unlikely that AJ will drop the cash for an additional entry, but you can’t rule out anything with super tex.

So here is the updated entry list:

Team # Driver
AJ Foyt Enterprises 14 Vitor Meira
AJ Foyt Enterprises 41 AJ Foyt IV
AJ Foyt Enterprises 48 TBA
Andretti Green Racing 7 Danica Patrick
Andretti Green Racing 11 Tony Kanaan
Andretti Green Racing 26 Marco Andretti
Andretti Green Racing 27 Hideki Mutoh
Ganassi/Sam Schmidt 99 Alex Lloyd
Conquest Racing 34 Alex Tagliani
Conquest Racing 36 Bruno Junqueira
CURB/Agajanian/Team 3G 98 Stanton Barrett
Dale Coyne Racing 18 Justin Wilson
Dale Coyne Racing 19 Tomas Scheckter
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 23 Milka Duno
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 24 Mike Conway
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 44 Davey Hamilton
Petty/Dreyer & Reinbold 43 John Andretti
Hemelgarn Johnson 91 Buddy Lazier
HVM Racing 00 Nelson Philippe
HVM Racing 13 EJ Viso
KV Racing Technology 5 Mario Moraes
KV Racing Technology 8 Townsend Bell
KV Racing Technology 15 Paul Tracy
Luczo Dragon Racing 2 Raphael Matos
Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 2 Graham Rahal
Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 6 Robert Doornbos
Panther Racing 4 Dan Wheldon
Panther Racing 16 Scott Sharp
Rahal Letterman Racing 17 Oriol Servia
Roth Racing 25 TBA
Roth Racing 52 TBA
Sarah Fisher Racing 67 Sarah Fisher
Sarah Fisher Racing 68 TBA
Target Chip Ganassi Racing 9 Scott Dixon
Target Chip Ganassi Racing 10 Dario Franchitti
Team Penske 3 Helio Castroneves
Team Penske 6 Ryan Briscoe
Penske Racing 12 Will Power
Vision Racing 20 Ed Carpenter
Vision Racing 21 Ryan Hunter-Reay

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One Thought to “IndyCar – Bruno Makes 3 Too Many

  1. Shaun

    Sounds like A.J. Scrapped the third car on quali coverag…damn rain!

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