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2013 Indy 500: Jourdain misses out on Bump Day

Dale Coyne Racing's Pippa Mann and AJ Foyt's rookie Conor Daly were among those still on pit lane in their firesuits in case they had to jump into action. They couldn't take pre-emptive action without officially withdrawing their existing times, which they weren't about to risk until Jourdain looked like he might have something to offer.

The driver most at risk was Katherine Legge, who only arrived at IMS on Saturday for her seat fitting with Schmidt-Peterson Motorsport but who managed to just make the grid with a four-lap average time of 223.176mph. That put her in 33rd position on the grid and officially 'on the bubble' in Indy qualifying parlance, and on tenterhooks all afternoon waiting for Jourdain to set a flying lap time which might drop her out of the race just 24 hours after her surprise call-up at in the third Schmidt-Peterson car alongside regular drivers Simon Pagenaud and Tristan Vautier.

"Relief!" said Legge as she saw Jourdain's crew finally packing up. "Obviously, it's not nice to do it in that manner; I feel bad for Michel. It's not nice for him to not have the opportunity.

"However, I am happy I am in the field, I'm not going to lie about that!" she added. "I'm going to sleep tonight for the first time in a few days. I feel really bad for Michel. I can't even think what's going through his head. I'm gutted for him."

Legge's time might have been the slowest of anyone on Bump Day, but considering how little time she'd had in the cockpit it was something of a minor miracle that she was able to set anything like a flying lap so soon in unfamiliar equipment.

"I had less than 20 when I went out to qualify, but apparently so the team tell me I was flat on Lap 4 of being in after not being in one of these cars for several months," she said. "I was aware there was a condensed schedule, so I had to get after it, and we have done a bit today.

"Our race car is really nice," she continued. "I feel really comfortable, ran in traffic a bit. We didn't have to trim out, so I have no idea what the car is like trimmed out. We'll have to go and do that, and there would have been another couple of miles an hour in it, so I think we were confident we were in the field."

Legge also spoke of how the last-minute Indy deal with Sam Schmidt had come about in the first place following her acrimonious and still-disputed split with Dragon Racing at the end of 2012.

"I was talking to him since 2011," she explained. "I put my name on his radar and bugged him for a while, and I think for this particular race I was working really hard since things blew up at the beginning of the year for me. I was working really hard to find a ride for the 500 at the very least, and possibly with other races."

In her time away from IndyCar Legge got to race the DeltaWing in last month's American Le Mans Series race at Laguna Seca in Montery, California, and the English driver said she hoped that she'd get more runs in the innovative prototype regardless of what may or may not happen for her in open wheel racing this season.




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Pippa Mann awaits developments on Bump Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Sunday May 19, 2013. (Picture Credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Pippa Mann exits the qualifying inspection line on Bump Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Sunday May 19, 2013. (Picture Credit: Michael Roth for IndyCar Media)
Ana Beatriz on Bump Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Sunday May 19, 2013. (Picture Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ana Beatriz exits the qualifying inspection line on Bump Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Sunday May 19, 2013. (Picture Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Conor Daly about to make his qualifying run on Bump Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Sunday May 19, 2013. (Picture Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Indy 500 rookies Tristan Vautier and Conor Daly wait their turn on Bump Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Sunday May 19, 2013. (Picture Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Michel Jourdain Jr. gets ready on the fourth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Tuesday May 14, 2013. (Picture Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais with his son after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
The red flag is waived halting attempts to start Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway and Team Owner Ed Carpenter celebrate victory in Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais gets a congratulatory hug from team co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium with winner Mike Conway (center), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrating his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. Tony Kanaan (left), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet celebrates his second-place finish. Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates his third-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag while racing to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway on his way to victory in the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway jumps for joy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway with the winner`s flag after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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