Helio Castroneves goes for record fifth Indy 500 win

Michael James

Eight former winners, including Brazilian Helio Castroneves, are among the field of 33 drivers assigned to cars for the 106th Indy 500 on Sunday, May 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Defending titlist Castroneves, who also won in 2001, 2002 and 2009, will be joined by two-time winners Juan Pablo Montoya (2000, 2015) and Takuma Sato (2017, 2020).

Former one-time winners Scott Dixon (2008), Tony Kanaan (2013), Alexander Rossi (2016), Will Power (2018) and Simon Pagenaud (2019) are also in the field.

The 106th Indy 500 is scheduled May 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The 106th Indy 500 is scheduled May 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Castroneves joined A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears in the most prestigious club in motorsports – four-time winners of the Indy 500 with his victory last year.

Indy 500: Seven Rookies Racing

Castroneves, 47, would become the third-oldest winner in Indy 500 history, behind Al Unser and Bobby Unser. Castroneves also is trying to become the first repeat winner since he achieved the feat with his first two victories, in 2001 and 2002.

Seven drivers also will compete for Indy 500 Rookie of the Year honors. It will be the biggest rookie field since 2014 when there also were seven first-time starters.

This year’s group includes the high-profile debuts of seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and Formula One veteran Romain Grosjean and also includes Devlin DeFrancesco, Callum Ilott, Kyle Kirkwood, Christian Lundgaard and David Malukas.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indy 500.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indy 500.

Practice for this year’s Indy 500 begins May 17 and continues through May. Qualifying is scheduled May 21-22. May 22, followed by a two-hour practice May 23. The traditional final practice, two hours again this year on will be held May 27.

Indy 500: Multiple Coverage Outlets

Live race day coverage begins on NBC, Telemundo Deportes on Universo and the INDYCAR Radio Network at 11 a.m. (ET), with the start set for 12:45 p.m.


Winners (8): Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Juan Pablo Montoya, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, Alexander Rossi, Takuma Sato

Rookies (7): Devlin DeFrancesco, Romain Grosjean, Callum Ilott, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Kirkwood, Christian Lundgaard, David Malukas

U.S. drivers (13): Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter, Conor Daly, Santino Ferrucci, Colton Herta, JR Hildebrand, Jimmie Johnson, Sage Karam, Kyle Kirkwood, David Malukas, Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal, Alexander Rossi

International drivers (20, from 14 countries): Helio Castroneves, Devlin DeFrancesco, Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson, Romain Grosjean, Jack Harvey, Callum Ilott, Tony Kanaan, Dalton Kellett, Christian Lundgaard, Scott McLaughlin, Juan Pablo Montoya, Pato O’Ward, Simon Pagenaud, Alex Palou, Will Power, Felix Rosenqvist, Takuma Sato, Rinus VeeKay, Stefan Wilson

Engines (33): Honda 17, Chevrolet 16 (all cars use Dallara chassis and Firestone tires).


Article Last Updated: May 16, 2022.

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