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Doornbos heads day three qualifiers.

Rookie Robert Doornbos headed the final eleven qualifiers for the 93rd Indianapolis 500, but there are at least three drivers eager to break into the field on Bump Day.

The final third of the grid was filled on Saturday, with 13 drivers battling over the spots on the third and last day of qualifying. However, with only eleven spots on offer, some were destined to be disappointed, and veteran Bruno Junqueira will led the unlucky back into battle on the final day of pre-race competition Sunday.

After rain had delayed the session by more than three hours, Saturday packed plenty of punch as the final spots were filled, one driver was bumped from the field and another failed to qualify.

Dutchman Doornbos claimed the best spot available, taking 23rd overall with a four-lap qualifying average of 221.692mph, and will start in the middle of row eight.

"I can't say it's been a boring month," Doornbos said after finally making the field for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, "It started off good - and then I got going. I was really quick the first day, and the next day as well, but I think we got a little bit too excited, we took off too much downforce and we crashed.

"We had no spare parts, so I missed the first two qualifying days, and then there is a lot of pressure on these four laps to make the show. The race car is good but, if you're not in the show, you don't need the race car."

US veteran Townsend Bell will start on Doornbos' outside, while row nine will consist of Oriol Servia, Alex Tagliani and Tomas Scheckter, the South African defying the fact that his programme with Dale Coyne Racing only began on Thursday.

"I'm happy to be in the field," Scheckter admitted, "Just putting this together at the last minute has been absolutely crazy. We wanted to make a decent qualifying attempt. We had hoped for a little bit more speed, but it was a good run. We knew we weren't going to set the world on fire.

"It was extremely windy out there in turns three and four, and there was quite a bit of push off turn two. At this late stage, we weren't risking too much on the downforce - we just wanted to get in the show."



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Don - Unregistered

May 17, 2009 1:04 PM

I thought BD's following comments were very interesting. "I am very happy and proud to be here now," Doornbos said. "In Kansas, it was easier. Here it's such a long track, and with the wind picking up, you feel like every lap is a new adventure. "Every corner is an adventure because the wind is coming from different angles. It's a tough four laps, but I'm very proud to do them on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "There was so much stress involved since I missed qualifying last week. It was the most stressful four laps I have done in my whole career just because there was a lot of pressure on this run.

Don - Unregistered

May 17, 2009 1:04 PM

More BD comments. "I found myself qualifying for a race that I was doing race set-ups for yesterday for a race I wasn't even in yet. I hardly slept the last couple of days. We had to crawl back from such a deep, deep hole. We made a mistake and here you pay a big price for it. It's a weird feeling and I hope I never experience it again."



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