05-23-2010, 07:04 PM
Indy 500 Qualifying Results
Helio Castroneves takes the pole for the first time in his racing career. So, now it’s time to seek a third win. He ran 228 miles per hour on two qualifying laps. His Indy 500 Qualifying results ended with an average 227.97 mph. According to various reports, that was the top speed for all the qualifying racers.
Danica Patrick didn’t have as much luck. The Indy 500 qualifying results have two women other than Danica and both are in pole positions ahead of Patrick. Ana Beatriz of Brazil will take the 21st pole spot and Simona de Silvestro of Switzerland at 22nd. That’s a line-up of three women hitting the track. Sarah Fisher makes it four.
Danica gets booed for poor qualifying run, 23rd.
Come back to nascar Danica! WE love you!
After qualifying she blamed her crew for giving her a bad car in a rather nasty way. The comments were broadcast on the track PA.
Don't bust on your team - that's a no-no in racing. Drivers drive.
No Milka this year.
New blood - Simona
05-23-2010, 08:05 PM
I like Simona. But your post would be better if you'd found a picture of Ana as well.
05-23-2010, 09:44 PM
She calls herself Bia
05-23-2010, 11:08 PM
Living so close to indy i have seen so many races live the 500 is awesome period. the brickyard is nice as well. Hell the F! was great here too.
05-24-2010, 07:18 AM
“The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”
and of course, if they touch wheels they explode into a thousand pieces
05-24-2010, 05:23 PM
What Danica really said
"I think it was absolutely awful," Patrick said of the car. "I wasn't flat the last two laps and I was scared to death flat the first two. And, it didn't get any better. I've never been bad here before. I've never been outside the top 10 on a finish or qualifying so, um, it's not my fault. This car is not good."
05-25-2010, 04:08 AM
Tracy fails to qualify for Indy 500, rookie Saavedra's in
May 24, 2010
CBSSports.com wire reports
INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul Tracy had one of the fastest cars during Indianapolis 500 practice a few days ago.
That's what made his failure to qualify for the race so difficult to stomach.
"The team did everything they could," said Tracy, who finished second in 2002 and ninth last year. "I drove the wheels off it. And I don't know what to say."
Tracy withdrew a qualifying time that would have put him into the race in an attempt to post an even faster time. His strategy backfired, and he knocked himself out. Jay Howard did the same on Sunday -- opening the door for rookie Sebastian Saavedra to back his way into the field.
The situation reduced Tracy, one of IndyCar's tough guys, to tears.
"I'm a little bit numb right now, disappointed," he said. "We were on track, and we were trying to do it. And it's harder to walk away, you know."
Milka Duno and Jaques Lazier also failed on the last day of qualifying for this Sunday's race. Long faces were plentiful in the garages on Monday, knowing that there would be no reward for more than a week's worth of preparation.
Tracy had the second-fastest lap Thursday, but he scraped the wall and damaged the lower right rear wishbone on his No. 15 car in practice Friday. Mechanics had him back on the track on Saturday morning, and he had a fast lap of 223.435 miles per hour during practice. When it was time to qualify, he went out for his warmup lap but never took the green flag and pulled into pits after getting stuck in neutral. He got back on the track later, but he didn't qualify.
He went back out on Sunday, the final day of qualifying, and posted a time good enough to make the field. Indy's Bump Day format is set up so the lowest qualifier can be knocked out of the field of 33 if someone else qualifies faster before the 6 p.m. cutoff. Tracy withdrew his time to try to increase his speed and protect himself against other cars that appeared to be threatening his position.
He never had control of the car on his final run, nearly hitting the outside wall several times before waving the attempt off, leaving him out of the top 33 and without time for another run.
"I just about touched on every lap," he said. "And it was sliding. I was on the verge of crashing every corner. So I was able to keep it off the wall and not destroy the car."
He didn't assign blame for the decision to take another shot. Another driver, Mario Romancini, did the same thing and moved up several positions.
"We felt at the time there we were pretty safe where we were," Tracy said. "It turns out, we still would have been in. But it's a team decision. And we worked as a team all week, and we made decisions as a team."
Tony Kanaan, who qualified on the final day, said he knew withdrawing the time wasn't Tracy's choice. He thought his longtime friend had made the field.
"I realized actually in my interview that he was out of it because I didn't even see it," Kanaan said. "Too bad. I think it was a bad call on their part. But that's racing."
Eric Haverson, chief mechanic for KV Racing Technology, said Tracy's team will take the car apart at its Indianapolis headquarters to have parts ready for the team's other three cars that qualified. He much rather would have had Tracy join Mario Moraes, E.J. Viso and Takuma Sato in the race.
"Without question, it's a disappointment," Haverson said Monday as the team was packing up. "We were all disappointed to not be able to get in the show. We got right up to the end of the line, and to not be able to get a shot. We just have to rebound, go to Toronto and Edmonton and have good races there."
Howard appeared to be in, but he knocked himself out, too.
"I didn't think this would happen," Howard said afterward.
Howard said he had a problem with his car on its second-to-last attempt, but he felt it was easily fixable.
"I was confident with a small change we could easily go out and make the same time again.
"It was a joint decision to go back out," he said. "In those situations, what do you do? I wanted to put on a good show for the fans."
Duno would have been the fifth woman to qualify for this year's race, but she completed just one of the mandatory four laps during her final run and never had the speed to make a real push for a spot.
Lazier replaced A.J. Foyt IV on the final day of qualifying, but he couldn't get enough speed in his only day with the car.
"As competitive as this field is, we had an uphill battle," Lazier said. "We kept getting real close. We just got right to the edge."
The biggest surprise by far was Tracy, a 41-year-old veteran who has earned $1.4 million at the track over the years.
"I was hoping to get the job done, and that wasn't the case," he said. "You can't really prepare yourself for that situation."
I find this one hard to believe.
05-25-2010, 10:25 AM
Tracy withdrew a qualifying time that would have put him into the race in an attempt to post an even faster time.
His strategy backfired
No chit man
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