Daily Trackside Report: Indianapolis 500 Day 6

DAY 6 - SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2009

TODAY'S SCHEDULE (all times local):

7 a.m.

Garages open

10:15-11:15 a.m.

IndyCar Series practice

Noon-6 p.m.

Second Day Qualifying

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INDYCAR SERIES PRACTICE:

At 10:15 a.m., the ambient temperature was 57 degrees with a relative humidity of 67 percent and winds from the north-northwestat 6 mph. Skies were sunny. The track temperature was 79 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.

10:15 a.m. - GREEN.

10:17 a.m. - YELLOW. #24 Conway does a quarter-spin to the right in Turn 1 and makes heavy contact with the SAFER Barrier with the right rear. There is damage to the right side and rear of the car. Conway is assisted from the car by the Delphi Safety Team.

10:31 a.m. - GREEN.

10:36 a.m. - YELLOW. #34 Tagliani does a half-spin to the right in Turn 1 and makes heavy contact with the SAFER Barrier with the left rear. There is damage to the left side and rear of the car. Tagliani climbs from the car without assistance from the Delphi Safety Team.

10:45 a.m. - GREEN.

***

Medical update from Dr. Michael Olinger, medical director for the Indy Racing League: #24 Mike Conway has been transported to Methodist Hospital for further evaluation. He is awake and alert. #34 Alex Tagliani has been checked and released at the Clarian Emergency Medical Center. He is cleared to drive.

ALEX TAGLIANI (No. 34 Conquest Racing): "Honestly, I don't know. We were just warming up the car. On the third lap, it was a pretty slow lap, 199 (mph), I got into Turn 1 and all of the sudden I lost the rear. It's pretty unfortunate. I don't think the car is too badly damaged. I looked at it when I got out of the car. We'll see if we can put it back together and try to qualify this afternoon."

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INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY CENTENNIAL ERA FACT OF THE DAY: In 1938, a pit wall was constructed to separate crews' work area from the pit area, thus providing a safer working environment for crews during track activity. In 1957, a second wall was added, separating pit lane from the racing surface.

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11:15 a.m. - CHECKERED.

FASTEST TIMES/SPEEDS OF SESSION:

Pos.

Car

Name

Time

Speed

1.

4

Dan Wheldon

40.1492

224.164

2.

18

Justin Wilson

40.2072

223.841

3.

15

Paul Tracy

40.2409

223.653

4.

14

Vitor Meira

40.3814

222.875

5.

43

John Andretti

40.4066

222.736

*** 

Pole winner Helio Castroneves is celebrating his 34th birthday today. Other drivers celebrating birthdays this month are: A.J. Foyt IV (25 on May 25) and Dario Franchitti (36 on May 19).

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SECOND DAY QUALIFYING:

Second Day Qualifying consists of one warm-up lap followed by a four-lap qualifying attempt. Cars are ranked in order based on the quickest cumulative time. The quickest 11 cars today will lock in starting positions.

· Each car is allowed three attempts per day. An attempt is considered by taking the green flag after the warm-up lap.

· A designated team representative must be at the north end of pit lane to show a green flag the second time by for the driver to receive a green flag from the starter. If the representative does not show a flag or displays a yellow flag, it will not be considered a qualifying attempt.

· An attempt can be waved off by the representative displaying a yellow flag or by the car returning to pit lane.

· Cars that complete qualifying attempts before 4:45 p.m. may go to either voluntary or mandatory impound. Cars that go to voluntary impound at Pit 17 forego the mandatory impound and post-qualifying photo. Teams may get the car back only if it is bumped, withdrawn or goes to mandatory impound.

· Cars that complete qualifying attempts after 4:45 p.m must go to mandatory impound. The only way teams may get the car back is if is bumped or withdrawn.

· If a yellow flag comes out during a qualifying run, the car on track will go back to the front of the qualifying line. Teams may put on new tires but are not permitted to make any other adjustments.

· A car that leaves pit lane before the gun sounds at 6 p.m. will be permitted to finish its qualifying attempt.

Track qualifying record: Arie Luyendyk, 2 minutes, 31.908 seconds, 236.986 mph (May 12, 1996). Fastest IndyCar Series lap today: #4 Dan Wheldon, 40.1492 seconds, 224.164 mph.

At noon, the ambient temperature was 58 degrees with a relative humidity of 56 percent and winds from the north-northwest at 6 mph. Skies were sunny. The track temperature was 87 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.

SECOND DAY QUALIFYING CHRONOLOGY:

(Cumulative four laps; times and speeds calculated using a traveling distance of 2.5 miles,

which corresponds with data registered by on-board telemetry. The green flag is given on the second time by the flag stand.)

12:02 p.m.

#67

SARAH FISHER/Commercial Point, Ohio

 
   

Dollar General/Sarah Fisher Racing - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.4202 - 222.661

 

Q - 26

   

2 - 41.4030 - 217.376

   
   

3 - 40.8050 - 220.561

   
   

4 - 41.0741 - 219.116

   
   

T 2:43.7023 - 219.911

   

12:06 p.m.

#23

MILKA DUNO/Caracas, Venezuela

 
   

CITGO/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.9046 - 220.024

 

Q - 27

   

2 - 41.1068 - 218.942

   
   

3 - 41.1213 - 218.865

   
   

4 - 41.1968 - 218.464

   
   

T 2:44.3295 - 219.072

   

12:12 p.m.

#14

VITOR MEIRA/Brasilia, Brazil

 
   

ABC Supply Co. AJ Foyt Racing - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.5090 - 222.173

 

Q - 28

   

2 - 40.5445 - 221.978

   
   

3 - 40.5700 - 221.839

   
   

4 - 40.5872 - 221.745

   
   

T 2:42.2107 - 221.934

   

12:16 p.m.

#15

PAUL TRACY/Scarborough, Ontario

 
   

GEICO/KV Racing Technology - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1 (QE-2)

1 - 40.3295 - 223.162

 

Q - 29

   

2 - 40.4217 - 222.653

   
   

3 - 40.4319 - 222.597

   
   

4 - 40.4340 - 222.585

   
   

T 2:41.6171 - 222.749

   

12:21 p.m.

#18

JUSTIN WILSON/Sheffield, England

 
   

Z-Line Designs - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1 (QE-3)

1 - 40.3514 - 223.041

 

Q - 30

   

2 - 40.3683 - 222.947

   
   

3 - 40.3993 - 222.776

   
   

4 - 40.3861 - 222.849

   
   

T 2:41.5051 - 222.903

   

12:26 p.m.

#27

HIDEKI MUTOH/Tokyo

 
   

Formula Dream - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1 (QE-3)

1 - 40.3650 - 222.965

 

Q - 31

   

2 - 40.3868 - 222.845

   
   

3 - 40.4076 - 222.730

   
   

4 - 40.4170 - 222.679

   
   

T 2:41.5764 - 222.805

   

12:32 p.m.

#43

JOHN ANDRETTI/Indianapolis

 
   

Window World - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.5743 - 221.815

 

Q - 32

   

2 - 40.6446 - 221.432

   
   

3 - 40.7776 - 220.709

   
   

4 - 40.8190 - 220.486

   
   

T 2:42.8155 - 221.109

   

 

12:39 p.m. - #67 Fisher has withdrawn her first qualifying attempt.

12:45 p.m.

#44

DAVEY HAMILTON/Nampa, Idaho

 
   

Hewlett Packard - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.4992 - 222.227

 

Q - 33

   

2 - 40.5357 - 222.027

   
   

3 - 40.5812 - 221.778

   
   

4 - 40.5781 - 221.795

   
   

T 2:42.1942 - 221.956

   

12:54 p.m.

#67

SARAH FISHER/Commercial Point, Ohio

 
   

Dollar General/Sarah Fisher Racing - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-2 (QE-2)

1 - 40.4537 - 222.477

 

Q - 34

   

2 - 40.4985 - 222.230

   
   

3 - 40.5257 - 222.081

   
   

4 - 40.6243 - 221.542

   
   

T 2:42.1022 - 222.082

   

1:02 p.m.

#41

A.J. FOYT IV/Hockley, Texas

 
   

ABC Supply/Foyt-Greer Racing - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.6144 - 221.596

White wall in Turn 2 on Lap 2

 

Q - 35

   

2 - 40.9334 - 219.869

   
   

3 - 40.6085 - 221.236

   
   

4 - 41.1445 - 218.741

   
   

T 2:43.3728 - 220.355

   

1:05 p.m. - #14 Meira's qualifying attempt has been disallowed due to a post-qualifying technical violation.

***

1:10 p.m. - GREEN. Track is open for practice.

1:25 p.m. - YELLOW. Track inspection in preparation for qualifying attempt by #4 Wheldon.

***

1:28 p.m.

#4

DAN WHELDON/Emberton, England

 
   

National Guard Panther Racing - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.3132 - 223.252

 

Q - 36

   

2 - 40.3857 - 222.851

   
   

3 - 40.4142 - 222.694

   
   

4 - 40.4838 - 222.311

   
   

T 2:41.5969 - 222.777

   

***

1:36 p.m. - GREEN. Track is open for practice.

***

Medical update from Dr. Michael Olinger, medical director for the Indy Racing League: #24 Mike Conway has been admitted to Methodist Hospital to be treated for bruised lungs. He is awake, alert and listed in good condition.

***

Panther Racing has faced a busier-than-expected past two days in Gasoline Alley and at its shop in Indianapolis due to a crash Friday by Scott Sharp and a crash Saturday by Dan Wheldon. Panther team manager Chris Mower described Sunday morning the work the team needed to complete to repair both cars.

CHRIS MOWER: (On repairs to Scott Sharp's car): "The guys did an all-nighter the night before last (Friday night). Last night, we left here around 10 o'clock. The tub had to go to a local carbon shop, Aerodine, to be repaired. More or less the whole right-hand-side of the car has been replaced; the gearbox. The engine actually survived." (On Dan Wheldon's car): "His damage (to his car) wasn't anywhere near as severe as the Scott Sharp crash, but it was heavy enough to where we had to change the engine, the gearbox and the left-hand rear corner. As a precaution, we also changed the right rear; more or less from the cockpit back on that car is all new parts." (On whether the performance the cars will be hindered due to the accidents): "For sure, both cars should be able to perform to the level they were. Dan's car; we were maybe 15 minutes late (for a qualifying attempt on Pole Day). We got out before qualifying, but by that time, the line was just too long. We're hoping to be at the top of the (speed) sheets today." (Was using a spare car considered for Scott Sharp?): "We have three cars between the two drivers. None of the crashes were severe enough to where we wanted to use the spare car. Once you start running a car, it has to be quite severe in order for you to go to a backup, in our opinion. You know what your comfort level is with the car you've got."

***

1:59 p.m. - YELLOW. Qualification attempt.

***

2:01 p.m.

#20

ED CARPENTER/Indianapolis

 
   

Menards/Vision Racing - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1 (QE-2)

1 - 40.3330 - 223.142

 

Q - 37

   

2 - 40.4250 - 222.635

   
   

3 - 40.3996 - 222.774

   
   

4 - 40.4366 - 222.571

   
   

T 2:41.5942 - 222.780

   

***

2:10 p.m. - GREEN. Track is open for practice.

2:37 p.m. - YELLOW. Qualification attempt.

***

2:39 p.m.

#2

RAPHAEL MATOS/Belo Horizonte, Brazil

 
   

US Air Force Luczo Dragon - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1 (QE-3)

1 - 40.2574 - 223.561

 

Q - 38

   

2 - 40.2852 - 223.407

   
   

3 - 40.2834 - 223.417

   
   

4 - 40.2992 - 223.329

   
   

T 2:41.1252 - 223.429

   

2:51 p.m.

#15

PAUL TRACY/Scarborough, Ontario

 
   

GEICO/KV Racing Technology - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-2 (QE-3)

1 - 40.2822 - 223.424

 

Q - 39

   

2 - 40.3363 - 223.124

   
   

3 - 40.3696 - 222.940

   
   

4 - 40.3664 - 222.958

   
   

T 2:41.3545 - 223.111

   

 ***

Indianapolis 500 Chase Rookies of the Year Jerry Sneva, Josele Garza and Steve Knapp met the media this morning in the Economaki Press Conference Room.

Sneva was Chase Rookie of the Year in 1977 after finishing 10th, Garza in 1981 after starting sixth and finishing 23rd and Knapp in 1998 after finishing third.

Sneva is retired and helps his son T.J. race Legends, Thunder Cars and Late Models at O'Reilly Raceway Park in nearby Clermont, Ind. He was in the tire business after racing.

Knapp currently works for his company, Elite Engines, which builds road-racing engines.

JERRY SNEVA: "We had seven rookies in 1977. The Rookie of the Year was something I didn't expect because Danny Ongais and Janet Guthrie were in the race. We finished 10th. It's something that my brother (1983 Indy 500 winner) Tom Sneva didn't win, so I went one-up on him for the only time." (About racing at Indy in that era): "We didn't have engineers like they do now. You told the crew chief what the car was doing, and he would make some changes. It was easier to go slower, but going faster was real difficult. The real jump was getting the car to go from 184 mph to 186." (Memorable incident): "Mike Mosley was my crew chief, and he told me to go flat out one day. I wanted him to change the tires, but he sent me out. I went through Turn 1 and Turn 2 and down the backstretch and thought that I'd better do what he told me. So I went into Turn 3 flat out, and spun into the infield grass and then back across the track. I got back to the pits, and he asked me, 'What did you do?' I told him, 'I did what you told me to do - I went flat out.' He (Mosley) changed the tires then."

JOSELE GARZA: "The Rookie of the Year award was something very meaningful for me. It was a great feather in my cap back then, and it opened up a lot of opportunities, even in Formula One. I went to Monaco that year and was even offered a Formula 3 ride because of it. Even today in some areas, it's still meaningful." (About his life since racing): "I've gotten away from racing in the last several years, but before I retired from racing, I had Formula 2 and Formula 3 teams in Mexico. But then NASCAR Mexico had taken over, and I retired. I still go to the tracks once in a while. This is my second time back here (since his last race in 1987). I was here for only a couple qualifying days in 1996, I think." (About his age when he was a rookie): "I think there was a mistake made on my age when I came here (in 1981). They had me listed as 21 or 22, and I was only 19. I'm not sure who made the mistake, but just in case, I still have my old ID." (About the changes in racing since his driving career): "I think the biggest change in racing here is in the technology. With the telemetry, you can't lie to the engineers anymore. You tell them you're flat-out all the way around, and they tell you, 'No, you aren't.'"

STEVE KNAPP: (About winning the Chase Rookie of the Year Award): "To me, it was a goal that I had. The team that I ran with was ISM, and they had Jeff Ward, who had won the Rookie of the Year the year before, so I was hoping that we could do the same thing and, you know, we had a pretty big rookie class that year. It was nine or 11 rookies or something, and Robby Unser was a strong runner the whole month. You didn't learn that you were Rookie of the Year until at the banquet that night, and once you get that, it's something that nobody can take away from you. Coming back here now, coming and seeing the cars on the track, it's something special, and you'll always have that with you." (About practice during May 1998): "I went out there and ran with about as many people as I could find, and come to think of it, my owner called me in a few times and I stayed out to keep learning some more, and he got kind of mad at me. But I knew what to expect." (About the 1998 race): "The thing that kind of caught me up was I had heard all these stories about how at the start you get sucked into the vacuum and it's hard to breathe because of the fumes and everything, so I was prepared for that, and my whole goal was to kind of fall into line. When we got the green flag and came out of Turn 2, it was like, 'Oh, the race has started,' because everybody was rocketing away from me. A couple of guys passed me, and I was like, 'This is not an endurance race; this is a 500-mile race.' I came through US Ford 2000 series, and we ran IRP and New Hampshire and a couple of other ovals. We had a practice day the Thursday before, and we would pretty much run all day long, so I got a lot of oval experience just in one season of racing there, and that helped a lot."

***
Sarah Fisher's mother, Reba, waved the green flag at the north end of pit lane to start Fisher's first qualifying attempt this afternoon. Ed Carpenter's wife, Heather, who is expecting the couple's second child later this summer, waved the green flag to begin Carpenter's attempt.

***

2:58 p.m. - GREEN. Track is open for practice.

3:02 p.m. - YELLOW. Smoke trailing from #3T Castroneves on the front stretch.

3:20 p.m. - GREEN.

3:44 p.m. - YELLOW. Qualification attempt.

***

SECOND DAY QUALIFYING (cont.):

At 3:45 p.m., the ambient temperature was 67 degrees with a relative humidity of 45 percent and winds from the west-southwest at 6 mph. Skies were cloudy. The track temperature was 100 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.

3:46 p.m.

#16

SCOTT SHARP/Norwalk, Conn.

 
   

Tequila Patron Panther Racing - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.6979 - 221.142

 

Q - 40

   

2 - 40.6986 - 221.138

   
   

3 - 40.6733 - 221.275

   
   

4 - 40.7501 - 220.858

   
   

T 2:42.8199 - 221.103

   

#16 Sharp bumps #23 Duno from the field.

3:55 p.m.

#14

VITOR MEIRA/Brasilia, Brazil

 
   

ABC Supply Co. AJ Foyt Racing - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-2 (QE-2)

1 - 40.2572 - 223.562

 

Q - 41

   

2 - 40.3204 - 223.212

   
   

3 - 40.3804 - 222.880

   
   

4 - 40.4378 - 222.564

   
   

T 2:41.3958 - 223.054

   

#14 Meira bumps #41 Foyt IV from the field.

#16 Sharp has withdrawn his first qualifying attempt.

4 p.m.

#13

E.J. VISO/Caracas, Venezuela

 
   

PDVSA HVM Racing - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.4995 - 222.225

 

Q - 42

   

2 - 40.5647 - 221.868

   
   

3 - 40.6441 - 221.434

   
   

4 - 40.6405 - 221.455

   
   

T 2:42.3487 - 221.745

   

***

4:07 p.m. - GREEN. Track is open for practice. #26 Andretti being penalized five minutes for failing to recognize the yellow flag.

4:45 p.m. - YELLOW. #43 J. Andretti does a quarter-spin to the right in Turn 1 and makes heavy contact with the SAFER Barrier with the right rear. The car does a three-quarter spin back to the left and makes secondary contact with the wall with the right front. There is heavy damage to the right side of the car. #02 Rahal does a quarter-spin to the left in Turn 1 to avoid #43 Andretti. #02 Rahal does not make contact and stops on the backstretch with flat right side tires. #43 Andretti and #02 Rahal climb from the cars without assistance from the Delphi Safety Team.

***
 

The Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing team has been working overtime to repair the primary and backup cars of Robert Doornbos. He crashed the primary car Friday and the backup car Saturday. 
           MITCH DAVIS (Chief mechanic, Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing): "Well, we sent one car back to Chicago for our guys to work on. The car we crashed yesterday is out in Brownsburg (Ind.) at a (carbon) shop getting some work done. We'll have it back Tuesday morning. We ought to be out there running on Thursday and qualifying on Saturday." (Do you anticipate any changes to the cars with the repairs that are made, or should they be back to where they were?): "Yeah, that's why we didn't run today. Our goal is to win the race, not to just go out there and qualify. We've got to spend a little more time getting a car back to 100 percent instead of just piecing it together. Basically, we're going to put all of our effort into building one car that can win the race." (On the specific repairs being made): "Well, on one car we crashed the left side and the other we crashed the right side, so it was a blessing in the end. We only lost one car full of parts. Both tubs got damaged a little bit, but nothing major. So, we'll have the car from Brownsburg back here this week."

***

Medical updated from Dr. Michael Olinger, medical director for the Indy Racing League: #43 John Andretti has been checked and released at the Clarian Emergency Medical Center. He is cleared to drive.

JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 Window World): "We've been fighting the balance on the car, making changes. We were loose the time before, and I guess that was my out lap and probably got a little bit hot for the balance of the car and just lost the back end. I had a little bit of an oops this morning, too, and managed to save it, but that one jumped too far on me too quickly. I feel fine. The car took a hard beating, and that's frustrating. The team will work on it. They'll get it back together, and we'll be back on next week."

***

5:05 p.m. - GREEN.

5:08 p.m. - YELLOW. Qualification attempt.

***

5:12 p.m.

#16

SCOTT SHARP/Norwalk, Conn.

 
   

Tequila Patron Panther Racing - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-2 (QE-2)

1 - 40.6787 - 221.246

 

Q - 43

   

2 - 40.6734 - 221.275

   
   

3 - 40.6450 - 221.429

   
   

4 - 40.6541 - 221.380

   
   

T 2:42.6512 - 221.333

   

#16 Sharp bumps #43 Andretti from the field.

***

Indianapolis 500 veteran Darren Manning was in Gasoline Alley today, looking for opportunities for a ride in the 2009 Indianapolis 500.

DARREN MANNING: "I'm kind of always looking for a ride. But whether one comes available that suits my situation is another matter. It's not like it's going to be my first speedway or anything, so what I'm looking for is different than a rookie, for example. There's no point in me going out in something just bumping into the field and pounding around in the back of the field. Mid- to mid-front pack cars are all full, so I'm just trying to work on my relationship with Dreyer and Reinbold Racing seeing as I've done a couple of races with them this year. There may be an opportunity to do some more this year. It was a bit of unfortunate situation this morning with Mike (Conway). I got the call to kind of be on stand-by, and I'm fortunate that they've got all my seats and everything and I'm available for it, but I don't think that's going to be needed. I think Mike's going to be absolutely fine. I think we'll see him back out next week, so I'll just concentrate on my deal. I've got Grand-Am racing that I'm doing and hopefully a few more races with these guys, and work on something for next year, as well."

*** 

5:19 p.m. - GREEN. Track is open for practice.

5:34 p.m. - YELLOW. Qualification attempt.

***

Honda is reporting that there was a missing oil line in the engine installed in the #3T car of Helio Castroneves. Honda is recommending the team change engines as a precaution.

***

5:36 p.m.

#41

A.J. FOYT IV/Hockley, Texas

ABC Supply/Foyt-Greer Racing - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

QA-2 (QE-2)

1 - 40.3598 - 222.994

Q - 44

2 - 40.4323 - 222.594

3 - 40.4680 - 222.398

4 - 40.4754 - 222.357

T 2:41.7355 - 222.586

#41 Foyt IV bumps #16 Sharp from the field.

***

5:44 p.m. - GREEN. Track is open for practice.

5:49 p.m. - YELLOW. Qualification attempt.

***

5:52 p.m.

#21

RYAN HUNTER-REAY/Boca Raton, Fla.

Vision Racing - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

QA-1

1 - 40.5921 - 221.718

UA - 1

2 - 40.6305 - 221.508

3 - 40.6551 - 221.374

4 - waved off

5:56 p.m.

#34

ALEX TAGLIANI/Lachenaie, Quebec

Conquest Racing - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

QA-1

1 - 41.2689 - 218.082

UA - 1

2 - waved off

5:59 p.m. - #13 Viso, #44 Hamilton and #67 Fisher move out of line. #13 Viso is on the bubble.

5:59 p.m.

#16

SCOTT SHARP/Norwalk, Conn.

Tequila Patron Panther Racing - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

QA-3 (QE-3)

1 - 40.5105 - 222.165

Q - 45

2 - 40.4959 - 222.245

3 - 40.5174 - 222.127

4 - 40.5203 - 222.111

T 2:42.0441 - 222.162

#16 Sharp bumps #13 Viso from the field.

***

SECOND DAY QUALIFYING NOTES:

· Raphael Matos qualified 12th, the highest qualifying rookie in the field. Last year's field featured 11 rookies, and Hideki Mutoh was the highest qualifier at ninth.

· Paul Tracy qualified 13th, his second-best Indianapolis 500 qualifying effort in six races. His best is seventh in 1993.

· Vitor Meira qualified 14th for his seventh Indianapolis 500.

· Justin Wilson qualified 15th, bettering his rookie effort of 16th a year ago.

· Hideki Mutoh qualified 16th for his second Indianapolis 500.

· Ed Carpenter qualified 17th for his sixth Indianapolis 500.

· Dan Wheldon qualified 18th, his worst starting position in seven Indianapolis 500s. He started 16th in 2005 and won the race.

· A.J. Foyt IV qualified 19th for his sixth Indianapolis 500.

· Scott Sharp qualified 20th for his 12th Indianapolis 500.

· Sarah Fisher qualified 21st for her eighth Indianapolis 500. She has started 21st or 22nd in three consecutive Indianapolis 500s.

· Davey Hamilton qualified 22nd for his ninth Indianapolis 500

***

With four minutes remaining in qualifying today, #13 E.J. Viso, #44 Davey Hamilton and #67 Sarah Fisher were in the qualifying line in front of #16 Scott Sharp.

Those drivers could have stayed in line until time expired at 6 p.m., but the Indy Racing League reserved the right to request those drivers to move out of line if they were not planning an attempt.

Brian Barnhart, IRL president of competition and racing operations, reminded the teams of Viso, Hamilton and Fisher about this, and all three teams agreed to pull out of line to let Sharp make an attempt that started less than one minute before the gun was fired to end qualifying.

BRIAN BARNHART: "The sportsmanship out there was incredible today."

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Scott Sharp's 10-year-old son, Jackson, asked Sharp what the team had changed between qualifying attempts during the post-qualifying press conference. Sharp replied, "Why did you ask me that?" Jackson answered, "Because you never tell me these things."

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Quotes from the 11 qualifiers and others who made attempts today are available at indy500.com. Below is a quote from Graham Rahal discussing the incident in which he narrowly missed contact with the No. 43 car driven by John Andretti and also avoided contact with the wall.

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 02 McDonald's Racing Team): "We were just hoping for a smooth day of practice for the McDonald's team, and it was going good, but with John's (Andretti) incident there at the end we decided to call it a day. I just had to react as quickly as I could. When I was told the yellow came out, I was going to go high then I saw the debris. Stuff was flying everywhere. The car basically exploded when he hit. So I tried to go to the high side and right. When I went to the high side, he started to roll backwards into my path, and I was going to t-bone him basically so I turned hard left and hit the brakes as hard as I could, and it locked up the rears as I did, and that's why I spun. More than anything, I was just lucky that I could keep it off both the inside and outside walls. Keeping it off the inside wall was just luck because I took my hands off the wheel. It was only a half of a second after it happened before I got to the scene, and we're just lucky it wasn't uglier than it is. The car is OK. I think I hit one of his tire ramps with my left front suspension and bent it, but we saved all the big stuff. The only reason we couldn't drive it back is because the right side tires were flat, but I'll happily take that. It's better than putting the McDonald's car in the wall."

***END DAY 6***


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