Michel Jourdain Jr. is the sole driver to fail to make the 33-car grid for the 2013 Indianapolis 500, following the end of a week-long process of practice and qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Jourdain was never happy with the set-up of the #17 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing entry despite huge efforts by the team to beat it into shape in time to allow the 36-year-old Mexican to make a Bump Day attempt to make the grid for next Sunday's race.
"It's so hard because the guys tried so hard, but we struggled a lot," admitted Jourdain ate the team started to pack up shortly before the 6pm end to the 2013 Indy 500 qualifying.
"Some days it was feeling a little better, but it was just never really there," he added. "This morning we tried James Jakes' set-up, and it was impossible to drive. And then we tried Graham's set-up, but it felt exactly the same and we couldn't drive it.
"It felt exactly the same. We changed whatever we had time to, but it just felt the same, and we couldn't drive it," he summed up.
Once his own Bump Day qualifying run was over - putting him into 26th place on the grid for next Sunday's race - team mate Graham Rahal even took time out from his own race set-up work to try out the #17 car on behalf of Jourdain, and confirmed that the car - most recently used as Mike Conway's chassis at Long Beach - simply didn't feel comfortable to drive at high speed.
"His same setup, even his steering wheel. It was impossible for him to make a difference - he just couldn't drive it. He got to 204 and said, 'I can't go any faster,'" said Jourdain.
"First day I was having so much fun. The car was easy to drive and so much fun to drive. Today it was just impossible," he continued. “The only thing we could do was something stupid and put the car into the wall and not make the race anyway, so there's no point in that. We know, for sure, that there is something wrong with the car, for sure. Something bent, broken, loose, bending. Something is broken in the middle of the car we have not seen." (Read the full post-qualifying interview with Jourdain
That left the driver unable to approach anything like the pace needed to bump his way into the already-full 33-car grid. Those drivers at risk of being knocked off the grid if Jourdain had managed to find something in the final minutes all waited tensely on pit lane until the clock ran out and the grid was finally frozen for next week's race.