In late October, Michael Shank purchased an additional chassis from Dallara that gives him more flexibility in 2019, also with the potential to field a one-off to pair with Jack Harvey. That would do a lot for Meyer Shank Racing who hopes to eventually be a full-fledged IndyCar Series program without the needed help of a Schmidt Peterson Racing alliance.
Considering less likely scenarios, A.J. Foyt Racing could again bring a third car to Indianapolis. Last year A.J. was quoted as being not in favor of three team cars, but nonetheless, he teamed up with Belardi Auto Racing and brought James Davidson into the field. Foyt has run three cars at Indianapolis every year since 2015.
Also somewhat unlikely, but not entirely impossible, is the chance McLaren runs another car alongside Fernando Alonso. RACER reported today that Zak Brown was hesitant to shoot down the idea of a second car, and if McLaren is to truly function on their own, it makes more sense to run two cars with a full staff of engineers and mechanics coming over from Europe than just one car.
If all of these scenarios came to fruition, which is unlikely, that would be a whopping 39 entries fighting for those 33 spots on the grid. That would be an incredible turn of events after 33 cars showed up for the 2017 race and everyone made the show.
Again, it is unlikely all of those “maybes” become “yes” in the end, but there are always one or two surprise entries that arise in March and April as well that could take their place. A realistic number of entries next season is between 36 and 38, which will make for a great show on Bump Day next May.
Either way, we still have a ton of time left between now and opening day at the Speedway. Everything will sort out on its own, so for now, let’s just sit back and enjoy the possibilities while we dream of May.
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