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2022 Indy 500 Starting Grid

MAY 23, 2022

For the first time since 2019, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be at full-capacity with 300,000 race fans watching the most highly anticipated event of the year. 

The 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will be led by six-time IndyCar Series Champion, Scott Dixon. He is followed by Alex Palou and Rinus VeeKay. The starting grid is particularly diverse this year with eight former winners, seven rookies, 13 U.S. drivers, and 20 international drivers from 14 countries. The question remains: Who will have the speed to get the infamous bottle of milk?

Here's your first look at the starting grid for the 106th Running of the Indy 500: 

Driver: Scott Dixon

  • Starting Position: Pole
  • 5th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Milk of Choice: Whole. 
  • Car: #9 (Chip Ganassi Racing)
  • Six-time IndyCar champion, Indy 500 Winner (2008)

Driver: Alex Palou

  • Starting Position: 2
  • 2nd in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Barcelona, Spain
  • Milk of Choice: Whole, ice cold. 
  • Car: #10 (Chip Ganassi Racing)
  • 3rd Indy 500

Driver: Rinus VeeKay

  • Starting Position: 3
  • 10th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Hoofddorp, Netherlands
  • Milk of Choice: Whole. 
  • Car: #21 (Ed Carpenter Racing)
  • 3rd Indy 500

Driver: Ed Carpenter

  • Starting Position: 4
  • 28th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Milk of Choice: Whole, provide buttermilk. 
  • Car: #33 (Ed Carpenter Racing)
  • 19th Indy 500

Driver: Marcus Ericsson

  • Starting Position: 5
  • 8th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Kumla, Sweden
  • Milk of Choice: Whole.
  • Car: #8 (Chip Ganassi Racing)
  • 4th Indy 500

Driver: Tony Kanaan

  • Starting Position: 6
  • Hometown: Salvador, Brazil
  • Milk of Choice: Two-percent
  • Car: #1 (Chip Ganassi Racing)
  • 20 complete Indy 500s (2013 winner)

Driver: Pato O'Ward

  • Starting Position: 7
  • 7th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico
  • Milk of Choice: Whole
  • Car: #5 (Arrow McLaren SP)
  • 3rd Indy 500

Driver: Felix Rosenqvist

  • Starting Position: 8
  • 14th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Värnamo, Sweden
  • Milk of Choice: Whole or buttermilk.
  • Car: #7 (Arrow McLaren SP)
  • 10th Indy 500

Driver: Romain Grosjean

  • Starting Position: 9
  • 9th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Milk of Choice: Whole. 
  • Car: #28 (Andretti Autosport)
  • Rookie

Driver: Takuma Sato

  • Starting Position: 10
  • 13th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
  • Milk of Choice: Two-percent
  • Car: #51 (Dale Coyne Racing with RWR)
  • Indy 500 Winner (2017, 2020)

Driver: Will Power

  • Starting Position: 11
  • 1st in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Toowoomba, Australia
  • Milk of Choice: Whole.
  • Car: #12 (Team Penske)
  • 14th Indy 500 Race, Winner (2018)

Driver: Jimmie Johnson

  • Starting Position: 12
  • 22nd in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: El Cajon, California
  • Milk of Choice: Whole, preferably cold. 
  • Car: #48 (Chip Ganassi Racing)
  • Rookie

Driver: David Malukas

  • Starting Position: 13
  • 19th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois 
  • Milk of Choice: Two-percent. 
  • Car: #18 (Dale Coyne Racing with HMD)
  • Rookie

Driver: Josef Newgarden

  • Starting Position: 14
  • 4th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Milk of Choice: Whole
  • Car: #2 (Team Penske)
  • 9th Indy 500

Driver: Santino Ferrucci

  • Starting Position: 15
  • 27th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Woodbury, Connecticut
  • Milk of Choice: Whole, ice cold. 
  • Car: #23 (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing)
  • 4th Indy 500

Driver: Simon Pagenaud

  • Starting Position: 16
  • 11th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Montmorillon, France
  • Milk of Choice: Whole. 
  • Car: #60 (Meyer Shank Racing)
  • Indy 500 Winner (2019), first French driver to win since Gaston Chevrolet (1920)

Driver: JR Hildebrand

  • Starting Position: 17
  • 29th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Sausalito, California
  • Milk of Choice: Whole.
  • Car: #11 (AJ Foyt Enterprises)
  • 12th Indy 500

Driver: Conor Daly

  • Starting Position: 18
  • 16th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Noblesville, Indiana
  • Milk of Choice: Whole. 
  • Car: #20 (Ed Carpenter Racing)
  • 9th Indy 500

Driver: Callum Ilott

  • Starting Position: 19
  • 21st in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Cambridge, England
  • Milk of Choice: Two-percent. 
  • Car: #77 (Juncos Hollinger Racing)
  • Rookie

Driver: Alexander Rossi

  • Starting Position: 20
  • 15th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Nevada City, California
  • Milk of Choice: Whole. 
  • Car: #27 (Andretti Autosport)
  • 6th race, Rookie Winner (2016)

Driver: Graham Rahal

  • Starting Position: 21
  • 12th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: New Albany, Ohio
  • Milk of Choice: Whole (since tradition matters). 
  • Car: #15 (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)
  • 15th Indy 500


Driver: Sage Karam

  • Starting Position: 22
  • Hometown: Nazareth, Pennsylvania
  • Milk of Choice: Two-percent. 
  • Car: #24 (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing)
  • 9th Indy 500

Driver: Marco Andretti

  • Starting Position: 23
  • Hometown: Nazareth, Pennsylvania
  • Milk of Choice: Whole, no orange juice. 
  • Car: #98 (Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Marco and Curb)
  • 17th Indy 500

Driver: Devlin DeFrancesco

  • Starting Position: 24
  • 24th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Toronto, Canada
  • Milk of Choice: Whole, preferably chocolate. 
  • Car: #29 (Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport)
  • Rookie

Driver: Colton Herta

  • Starting Position: 25
  • 6th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Valencia, California
  • Milk of Choice: Whole, preferably chocolate. 
  • Car: #26 (Andretti Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian)
  • 4th Indy 500

Driver: Scott McLaughlin

  • Starting Position: 26
  • 3rd in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Milk of Choice: Whole, make it cold.
  • Car: #3 (Team Penske)
  • 2nd Indy 500

Driver: Helio Castroneves

  • Starting Position: 27
  • 18th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Milk of Choice: Two-percent with pink powder.
  • Car: #06 (Meyer Shank Racing)
  • Four-time Indy 500 Winner (2001, 2002, 2009, 2021)

Driver: Kyle Kirkwood

  • Starting Position: 28
  • 23rd in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Jupiter, Florida
  • Milk of Choice: Whole, ice cold. 
  • Car: #14 (AJ Foyt Enterprises)
  • Rookie

Driver: Dalton Kellett

  • Starting Position: 29
  • 26th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Stouffville, Canada
  • Milk of Choice: Fresh and cold. 
  • Car: #4 (AJ Foyt Enterprises)
  • 3rd Indy 500

Driver: Juan Pablo Montoya

  • Starting Position: 30
  • 30th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Bogota, Columbia
  • Milk of Choice: No preference, but it has to be chocolate.
  • Car: #6 (Arrow McLaren SP)
  • Two-time Indy 500 Winner (2000, 2015)

Driver: Christian Lundgaard

  • Starting Position: 31
  • 17th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Hedensted, Denmark
  • Milk of Choice: Whole. 
  • Car: #30 (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)
  • Rookie

Driver: Jack Harvey

  • Starting Position: 32
  • 20th in IndyCar Series Standings
  • Hometown: Bassingham, England
  • Milk of Choice: Whole. 
  • Car: #45 (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)
  • 6th Indy 500

Driver: Stefan Wilson

  • Starting Position: 33
  • Hometown: Sheffield, England
  • Milk of Choice: No preference. 
  • Car: #25 (DragonSpeed / Cusick Motorsports)
  • 4th Indy 500

The 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 12:45 p.m. ET. 


Lauren Winnefeld is the current Communications Intern for Visit Indy. She is a senior from Indiana University and is studying public relations with a minor in healthcare management and policy. Alongside her internship, she works as a reporter at the Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism and is a member of PRSSA. In her free time, you can find her listening to Mumford and Sons, drinking coffee, or petting her cat, Churro.