It was a game of thoudandths at both ends of the field this afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jack Harvey earned the final spot on the grid on the final lap of his third attempt. Alex Palou edged Rinus VeeKay by six thousandths of a mile per hour to win the pole for the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500.
In the last chance shootout, Christian Lundgaard and Sting Ray Robb easily secured spots 31 and 32. Jack Harvey qualified next. Graham Rahal quickly bumped Harvey out of the field. Harvey took a second try, but failed to beat out his teammate.As time ran out, Harvey returned to the track. After three laps, he was still behind, but close. His fourth lap was good enough to earn the final starting position by sevn thoiusandths of a mile per hour.
The Fast Six run for the pole saw Palou post a 235 mile per hour lap on his first circuit. he ended with a 234.217 mile per hour average. It was just enough to edge Rinus VeeKay by six thousandnths of a second. Fekix Rosenqvist was third after an anticlimactic run.
Today continued the drama of yesterday. The only issue I had is with the last cg=hance qualifying. It needs at least 5 cars to work. Havign justfour cars left too much diwn time as Harvey tried to run out the clock before his final runs. Six cars would be ideal in the last chance.
The pole was definitely earned. Having to make three qualifying runs over two days is a grind for the drivers qand the teams. The money awrd for the pole needs to be bigger. The points award should go up as well.
This week was devastating to the Rahal team., One the biggest stars of the series is on the sidelines for the biggest race in the world. it is not the first time this has happened. I believe this isw the first time that a father and son have both had the misfortune to be bumped from the race. Bobby waqs bumped in 1993.
Today’s attendance was the largest I’ve seen on a qualification day in at least 10 years, maybe longer.
I’ll Have some more thoughtson the weekend tomorrow. Thanks for following along this weekend.
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There is one other instance of both father and son getting bumped, I believe, and several more where both fathers and sons failed to qualify but one or both did not have an official run bumped due to wave off, wreck, and/or injury. Limiting it just to having an official time bumped we have Duane and Dana Carter (1962 and 1979, respectively). One could also consider Jim and James McElreath (1970, 1976, and 1977) and James’ 1977 qualifying run wasn’t really bumped from the field. (he was the final car to make an attempt) but it was completed and recorded.
Thanks for the information. I was wondering if there was another time that happened
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