Sunday, May 19, 2013

2013 Indianapolis 500 Field is Full, But Not Final

As of 1:00 at the Indianapolis 500, the 9 remaining spots for the Indianapolis 500 have been filled.


25. (21) Josef Newgarden, 225.731 mph
26. (15) Graham Rahal, 225.007
27. (6) Sebastian Saavedra, 224.929

28. (55) Tristan Vautier, 224.873
29. (18) Ana Beatriz, 224.184
30. (63) Pippa Mann, 224.005

31. (41) Conor Daly, 223.582
32. (91) Buddy Lazier, 223.442
33. (81) Katherine Legge, 223.176

Driver Michel Jourdain Jr. — the Mexican driver with the French name — has not made an attempt yet. He has until 6:00 to take a shot at qualifying, and if he qualifies, Katherine Legge gets bumped, and she gets to try.

And that's the magic of bump day — the last driver gets bumped, gets a chance to qualify, and bumps the new #33, and so on. Once the gun sounds at 6:00, that's it. If a driver is on the track when the gun sounds, he or she gets to finish their attempt, which means it's nail biting time for the current #33.

I've seen bump days where the last driver got bumped, and days where #33 survived and celebrated as if they had just won the entire thing.

It's a little after 2:00 today, and we have less than four hours to hear from Michel Jourdain.


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