IRL boss promises full grid for Indy
By Tim Redmayne
Friday, March 3rd 2006, 15:25 GMT
The 2006 Indianapolis 500 will have a full field of 33 cars this season.
That's the message that Brian Barnhart, president of the Indy Racing League, will deliver tomorrow at a 'State of the IRL address' to the gathered media at Homestead Speedway in Florida.
"There's no reason to expect less this season, even with Honda Performance Development supplying the entire Indianapolis 500 field," Barnhart said.
IRL executive vice president of communications Fred Nation back up Barnhart's comments, saying that there has been this concern before and the Indy 500 always had a full grid.
"For the past two years people kept saying this and we always had the full amount of cars," Nation told autosport.com. "There is no doubt whatsoever that we will have a full grid.
"I don't know why they keep saying it. The two-tiered developing engine leasing we've got makes it easy to run the Indy 500.
"We are talking to a lot of people behind the scene about extra cars. Yes, some of them won't come off but enough of them will come off to make the field."