Indianapolis 500 Race Lineup 2012: Borg-Warner Trophy Up For Grabs In Crowded Field

The crowded field among the serious contenders to win the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 almost ensures various factors throughout the grueling 500 mile race will determine the winner. Pit stops, timely cautions and lady luck will all have their say in guiding the winner to Victory lane.

There are favorites among the 33-car field though, including the first two rows of cars with drivers from Penskey Racing and Andretti Autosport, all powered by Chevrolet. Other Chevy drivers deeper in the field planning to be a factor include fan favorite Tony Kanaan starting in the middle of row three. Kanaan has been close in the past and can certainly attest to how much luck plays a role for the winner.

Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon figure to lead the charge for the Honda powered entries, along with Sarah Fisher Racing's Josef Newgarden.

No doubt the spirit of last year's winner Dan Wheldon will be riding shotgun with all 33 drivers, as the two-time champ will be celebrated throughout the event on Sunday.

Here is th full field of 33:

1 Ryan Briscoe Chevrolet 2 226.484 mph
2 James Hinchcliffe Chevrolet 27 226.481 mph
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay Chevrolet 28 226.240 mph
4 Marco Andretti Chevrolet 26 225.456 mph
5 Will Power Chevrolet 12 225.422 mph
6 Helio Castroneves Chevrolet 3 225.172 mph
7 Josef Newgarden Honda 67 224.677 mph
8 Tony Kanaan Chevrolet 11 224.431 mph
9 E.J. Viso Chevrolet 5 224.422 mph
10 Rubens Barrichello Chevrolet 8 224.264 mph
11 Alex Tagliani Honda 98 224.000 mph
12 Graham Rahal Honda 38 223.959 mph
13 Ana Beatriz Chevrolet 25 223.920 mph
14 Charlie Kimball Honda 83 223.868 mph
15 Scott Dixon Honda 9 223.684 mph
16 Dario Franchitti Honda 50 223.582 mph
17 James Jakes Honda 19 223.482 mph
18 JR Hildebrand Chevrolet 4 223.422 mph
19 Takuma Sato Honda 15 223.392 mph
20 Townsend Bell Honda 99 223.134 mph
21 Justin Wilson Honda 18 222.929 mph
22 Michel Jourdain Jr. Honda 30 222.893 mph
23 Simon Pagenaud Honda 77 222.891 mph
24 Sebastian Saavedra Chevrolet 17 222.811 mph
25 Sebastien Bourdais Chevrolet 7 223.760 mph
26 Wade Cunningham Honda 41 223.258 mph
27 Oriol Servia Chevrolet 22 222.393 mph
28 Ed Carpenter Chevrolet 20 222.324 mph
29 Mike Conway Honda 14 222.319 mph
30 Katherine Legge Chevrolet 6 221.624 mph
31 Bryan Clauson Honda 39 214.455 mph
32 Simona De Silvestro Lotus 78 214.393 mph
33 Jean Alesi Lotus 64 210.094 mph

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