Indy 500 field won't be expanded for Hinchcliffe, Mann

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(AP) -- Only 33 cars will start the Indianapolis 500 and the field will not be expanded to include James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann, two popular drivers bumped out of the race in qualifying.

IndyCar president of competition and operations Jay Frye tells The Associated Press the series is not considering expanding the field for next Sunday's race. It was common practice for decades for more than 33 drivers to show up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with many top names failing to make the biggest race in America over the years.

But "bumping" had faded away in a down economy and more than 33 drivers showed up at Indy this year for the first time in three seasons. It meant two would not make "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" - but no one thought it would be series regular Hinchcliffe, who is fifth in the IndyCar standings, or Mann, seeking to make her sixth Indy 500 and join Danica Patrick as the only women in the field.


IndyCar Leaders: Points
1 J.Newgarden 178 2
2 A.Rossi 176 1
3 S.Bourdais 152 1
4 S.Dixon 147 0
5 J.Hinchcliffe 144 0
6 G.Rahal 142 0
7 W.Power 135 1
8 R.Wickens 133 0
9 R.Hunter-Reay 125 0
10 M.Andretti 105 0
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