Indianapolis 500 veteran Darren Manning was in Gasoline Alley during qualifying for this year's race, looking for any opportunities to land a ride after seeing his role at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing last just two outings.
Despite being stood down after Long Beach, the Briton is keen to keep his relationship with Robbie Buhl's team alive as it offers possibly the best chance to land a competitive seat for the 500, even though the biggest opening at the moment would come at the expense of an injured Mike Conway.
The rookie smacked the wall during qualifying and was taken to the local hospital with bruising to his lungs. Manning was immediately put on stand-by, although it now appears that he may not be needed to get the car in to the race.
"I'm kind of always looking for a ride," the former Honda F1 tester admitted, "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.
"The mid- to mid-front pack cars are all full, so I'm just trying to work on my relationship with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing seeing as I've done a couple of races with them this year. There may be an opportunity to do some more, although it was a bit of an unfortunate situation this morning with Mike. 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, and 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, so we can work on something for next year as well."
Manning wasn't alone in patrolling the paddock, with another 500 veteran, Jaques Lazier, also working Gasoline Alley looking for a ride.
"There's obviously a couple of available seats so, hopefully, we can get something put together," the American admitted, "We still have some time. I know that I'm confident enough that if we do get it put together, I'll have plenty of time to get in a car on Thursday and Friday and get it in the show next Saturday."
Also on the look-out and conspicuous at several teams were Bruno Junqueira and Roberto Moreno, while others such as Jimmy Kite and Roger Yasukawa are also expe ted ot make a play for a ride.
Missing from the equation, however, was Oriol Servia who, it would appear, is in line to return to Rahal Letterman names to field for the first tme this season.
Although no forml announcement has been made by the team, it's #17 entry is in qualifying order. In the garage, a black tub with royal blue engine covers is parked, with a couple of crew sort of hanging out. Servia's name is on the car, and the crew were sort of surprised no announcement had yet been made.