Michel Jourdain jr flung from Indy 500 field

Josef Newgarden claims fastest time on Bump Day and will start from 25th

Josef Newgarden claims fastest time on Bump Day and will start from 25th

 Katherine Legge has squeezed into the final position of the Indy 500 after Michel Jourdain jr was punted from the field on Bump Day.

Driving the #81 Angie’s List Schmidt Peterson Pelfrey Honda, Legge finished with an average of 223.176mph. She had not taken part in the week-long practice sessions leading up to her 11th hour quest at Indy on qualifying and Bump Day.

The Rahal Letterman Lanigan team finally aborted the effort to qualify Jourdain jr with 20 minutes remaining in the run with the driver complaining of serious balance issues.

RLL will now be served in the Indy 500 by its main drivers Graham Rahal and James Jakes.

Legge said she felt gutted for Jourdain jr but was glad to have made the field after such a limited preparation.

The 1996 Indy 500 winner Buddy Lazier also made the field in a family-run car.

Josef Newgarden led the second day runners who were out to cement grid spots and will start from 25th in his Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda after averaging 225.731mph.

The final week building up to the 97th running of the Indy 500 will see one more 60-minute practice session on Friday on Carb Day ahead of Sunday’s 200-lap race.


Indy 500 grid

 1 Ed Carpenter Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Dallara 228.762mph Top-nine shootout
 2 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Dallara 228.342 Top-nine shootout
 3 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Dallara 228.261 Top-nine shootout
 4 E.J. Visoi Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Dallara 228.150 Top-nine shootout
 5 A.J. Allmendinger Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara 228.099 Top-nine shootout
 6 Will Power Penske Chevrolet Dallara 228.087 Top-nine shootout
 7 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Dallara 228.091 Top-nine shootout
 8 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara 227.762 Top-nine shootout
 9 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Dallara 227.070 Top-nine shootout
10 JR Hildebrand Panther Racing Chevrolet Dallara 227.441 First Day
11 Alex Tagliani Barracuda Racing/BHA Honda Dallara 227.386 First Day
12 Tony Kanaan KV Racing Technology Chevrolet Dallara 226.949 First Day
13 Oriol Servia RR Panther Racing Chevrolet Dallara 226.814 First Day
14 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 226.370 First Day
15 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon Racing Chevrolet Dallara 226.196 First Day
16 Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 226.158 First Day
17 Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 226.069 First Day
18 Takuma Sato A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara 225.892 First Day
19 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 225.880 First Day
20 James Jakes Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda Dallara 225.809 First Day
21 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports Honda Dallara 225.67 First Day
22 Townsend Bell Panther Racing Chevrolet Dallara 225.643 First Day
23 Ryan Briscoe Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 225.265 First Day
24 Simona de Silvestro KV Racing Technology Chevrolet Dallara 225.226 Second Day
25 Josef Newgarden Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda Dallara 225.731 Second Day
26 Ana Beatriz Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 224.184 Second Day
27 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon Racing Chevrolet Dallara 224.929 Second Day
28 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda Dallara 225.007 Second Day
29 Tristan Vautier Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Dallara 224.873 Second Day
30 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 224.005 Second Day
31 Conor Daly A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara 223.582 Second Day
32 Buddy Lazier Lazier Partners Racing Chevrolet Dallara 223.442 Second Day
33 Katherine Legge Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Dallara 223.176 Second Day

 

 

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