Indianapolis (IN, United States), May 15th, 2023 - Racing Force Group is preparing for the 2023 Indianapolis 500, the most important event on the IndyCar Series schedule, which is billed as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing". Through its brands Bell Racing Helmets and OMP, the Group will be again at the forefront collaborating with several drivers and teams at the start of the 107th Running of the famed race, which will take place on Sunday, May 28.
23 out of 34 entrants will compete with the helmets of Bell, including 2022 winner Marcus Ericsson, and defending IndyCar Series champion and former 500 Champion Will Power. Former winners Hélio Castroneves, who conquered the Indy 500 four times, and Alexander Rossi, are amongst the other competitors who have chosen the Bell HP77 helmet, designed for professional formula racers competing at the highest levels of motorsport.
The list of drivers supplied by Bell Racing Helmets also features Benjamin Pedersen, Christian Lundgaard, Colton Herta, Conor Daly, David Malukas, Devlin DeFrancesco, Felix Rosenqvist, Graham Rahal, Jack Harvey, Josef Newgarden, Kyle Kirkwood, Marcus Armstrong, Rinus VeeKay, Romain Grosjean and Scott McLaughlin, plus oval-racing specialist Ed Carpenter and one-off entrants Marco Andretti, RC Enerson and Katherine Legge, the only female driver at the wheel this year.
Juncos Hollinger Racing drivers Callum Ilott and rookie Agustín Canapino are fully equipped by Racing Force gear: in addition to their Bell helmets, they use the OMP racewear, thanks to the partnership deal between the Group and the Argentine-American team. The Bell-OMP combination also supports Marco Andretti, who will line-up with the Andretti Herta Autosport team. The fourth driver equipped by OMP is former 500 Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, who won the 2012 IndyCar Series title with OMP racewear. The OMP roster is completed by rookie Sting Ray Robb, the 2022 Indy Lights runner-up, under the Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing banner.
The 2023 Indianapolis 500 track activity will commence on Tuesday, May 16 with the opening practice session, while the Qualifying sessions to set the grid will take place on the 20th and 21st of May, one week before the race start.
Kyle Kietzmann, Racing Force USA, Inc. Co-CEO, commented: "Racing Force Group is proud to sponsor twenty-three athletes using Bell helmets and five athletes using OMP as they attempt to qualify for the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500. Racing Force has a long history of product innovation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, maintaining a permanent work room inside Gasoline Alley to support drivers using our advanced products and brands since 1955. Our technicians will be on-site at the 500 during practice, qualifications, and the race, providing technical support and service to all teams and drivers using Racing Force products as they compete to join the legendary names of the sport on the Borg-Warner trophy and become the next Indianapolis 500 Champion".