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Press Snoop: The morning after the night before

“I've always wanted to do the Indy 500″ said Legge. She ran mid-pack in the Sunday practice session reaching 223.191mph during 24 laps. When asked about her feelings and comments about the problems with her former team, Dragon Racing, she said in essence that "I'm still bitter," and left it at that.

Surprisingly, Rahal Letterman Lanigan wasn't able to get Graham Rahal locked in to the top 24 on Saturday and are among those drivers who will have to set a new time today. "I'm really disappointed for Graham," said team co-owner Bobby Rahal, the 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner and Graham's father. "Every time we went out the car just went slower.

"The car handles well but we are just lacking," he admitted. "We're going to be in the race but you would like to have been able to focus totally on the race setup. But we will still be able to do a lot of that. I have no doubt that [Bump Day] will be quite fast. It almost doesn't matter where you start this race from."

The good news is that Graham was the fastest in the morning practice hour. "The session was good, he said. “She's better today. She was moody yesterday," he added, in reference to his car - he always refers to his cars as female.

"We had a good time running old tyres," he explained of Saturday's disappointment. "So we strapped on new ones thinking we'd go faster. Didn't.” Rahal said the warmer ambient temperature could have had something to do with the drop in speed, but not that much: "Look at Sato. He went faster."

The Bump Day Qualifying Draw was carried out by blind draw Saturday after Pole Day qualifying had finished. Each car will get two warm-up laps before the four timed qualifying laps. Once the starting field of 33 cars is set, any qualifying attempt that is faster than a qualified entrant in the starting field will 'bump' the slowest qualifier, regardless of which day the qualifying time was set. The 'bumpee' goes in is at the end of the grid, while the 'bumped' driver is removed from the field but has the chance to bump its way back into the starting field as time allows.

Each car is allowed three attempts, so the teams have to plan carefully when and how to run. The initial order (including slots for the spare 'T'-cars) is:

#91 Buddy Lazier (C)
#18 Ana Beatriz (H)
#6 Sebastian Saavedra (C)
#41 Conor Daly (H) *
#55T Tristan Vautier (H) *
#17 Michel Jourdain Jr. (H)
#67T Josef Newgarden (H)
#15 Graham Rahal (H)
#15T Graham Rahal (H)
#81 Katherine Legge (H)
#55 Tristan Vautier (H) *
#63 Pippa Mann (H)
#6T Sebastian Saavedra (C)
#67 Josef Newgarden (H)
#63T Pippa Mann (H)
#17T Michel Jourdain Jr. (H)
#18T Ana Beatriz (H)
#81T Katherine Legge (H)

Reporting from trackside by Lynne Huntting,

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