Bump Day on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway went bumpless as the 33-car grid for the 97th running of the Indy 500 was set in stone. Positions 25 through 33 were determined Sunday and one driver and team had to go home without qualifying for the Indy 500 and that was Michel Jourdain Jr and his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team. They were unable to get his car up to speed and make a four lap run to post a speed.
"It's impossible to drive and we know that to go faster that what I need to do 99 percent of the chances is that we are not going to be in the grid and we are going to put it in the wall," Jourdain said. "It's just so sad."
The team tried all day to make changes and get the car up to pace for Jourdain and even put Graham Rahal in the car to test it out but the feeling was never there for him to gain enough confidence to make a run.
Nine other drivers were able to find the comfort level and make qualifying runs early on Bump Day and put themselves in positions 25 through 33 on the Indy 500 grid.
Josef Newgarden was the fastest and will start from 25th with his average speed of 225.731 mph. That speed would have put him in 21st if he ran it yesterday during Pole Day. Graham Rahal will start 26th, Sebastian Saavedra 27th, Tristan Vautier 28th, Ana Beatriz 29th, Pippa Mann 30th, Conor Daly 31st, Buddy Lazier 32nd, and Katherine Legge 33rd.
Legge put together a deal 48 hours ago to drive for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and put 34 cars in the running to make the Indy 500. Their effort paid off when Jourdain could not get up to speed and Legge was relieved to get in but felt bad for Michel at the same time.
Those who qualified for the Indy 500 yesterday worked on race setup on Bump Day and Scott Dixon actually ran the most laps of anyone on the day with 171 laps. Will Power had a moment with just over 30 minutes left when he scrapped the wall. In an interview Power seemed to not be too concerned that there was significant damage to car.
The only on track action before Sunday's running of the Indy 500 will be Carb Day on Friday.
Ed Carpenter will lead the field to the green flag in the 97th Indy 500 after winning the pole yesterday. All the coverage of the Indianapolis 500 can be seen starting at Noon ET on ABC Sunday, May 26th.
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