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Indy 500: Bump Day qualifying times

20 May 2012

An unnaturally quiet Bump Day qualifying Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway confirmed positions for all the remaining nine cars on the 33-car starting grid for the 96th running of the Indy 500 next weekend.

Simona de Silvestro was first out on track in the HVM; the final car to make a qualifying run was Ed Carpenter. The fastest qualifier was Dragon's Sebastien Bourdais, whose lap speed of 223.760mph (2:40.8666s) would have been good enough to take 15th place ahead of the Ganassis of Scott Dixon and Dario franchitti if it had been done on Saturday.

The slowest runner was Jean Alesi in the Lotus Fan Force United car, although with no minimum speed threshold required to make the grid there was little incentive for him to put in anything other than a complete set of four lapped times to clinch the final spot on the grid.

There were no unused or spare T-cars submitted by any teams or drivers, meaning that bumping did not take place. Once all the cars had put in their qualifying times, everyone turned their attention instead to another day of practice running, with Charlie Kimball ending up spinning into the wall early on.

A full session report with driver quotes is available, as well as full Sunday practice times.

Bump Day qualifying times:

25. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Chevrolet 223.760mph 2:40.8666s
26. #41 Wade Cunningham Honda 223.258mph 2:41.2484s (-0.3818)
27. #22 Oriol Servia Chevrolet 222.393mph 2:41.8754s (-1.0088)
28. #20T Ed Carpenter Chevrolet 222.324mph 2:41.9262s (-1.0596)
29. #14 Mike Conway Honda 222.319mph 2:41.9293s (-1.0627)
30. #6 Katherine Legge Chevrolet 221.624mph 2:42.4374s (-1.5708)
31. #39 Bryan Clauson Honda 214.455mph 2:47.6671s (-6.8005)
32. #78 Simona de Silvestro Lotus 214.393mph 2:47.9162s (-7.0496)
33. #64 Jean Alesi Lotus 210.094mph 2:51.3516s (-10.4850)


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