IndyCar » Indy 500: Pole Day - qualifying updates


Penske's Ryan Briscoe held on to claim pole position for the 2012 Indianapolis 500 by the narrowest of margins over Andretti Autosport duo James Hinchliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

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JOHN - Unregistered

May 20, 2012 12:23 AM

So that's it then! Briscoe 226mph on pole and Barrichello (former F1 driver) also qualified. Great stuff.! I am a bit baffled as to how the 'bumping' took place as previous reports said there were not enough cars for this...sad too to see Mike Conway did not qualify. Nonetheless, I'm looking forward to the 'Greatest Spectacle in Racing' - that's the Indy500!!!

Andrew - Unregistered

May 20, 2012 12:41 AM

The Indy 500 qualifying process is a seriously arcane process, but basically: what was decided today was the top 24 positions. Everyone else who was bumped out of the top 24 now starts from scratch and gets a chance to make brand new qualifying attempts on Sunday.

If there were more than 33 cars then drivers would have a sleepless night looking at fighting to get onto the grid. But as there are exactly 33 cars this year, everyone should make it and Sunday is merely about the relative positions of those remaining nine cars on the back three rows.

JOHN - Unregistered

May 20, 2012 1:03 AM

@ Andrew

Yes I understand now. 'Only 24' cars qualified from the 33 entered - hence the bumping allowed! A very unusual process and yes if there were more than 33 looking for a place on the grid with bumping it would be a different story and scenario... We shall see what happens to the 9 who didn't 'qualify' tomorrow! Likely be that the fastest starts 25th on grid- slowest starts last and 33rd.....

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