Welcome to Bump Day/Pole Day at IMS

Welcome to a cloudy and very windy Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is dry for now, and the forecast is a little bit better than it had been – but the skies don’t look great.

As I type, the six cars that are vying for the remaining three spots are out on track. Well, really only five have taken to the track. For whatever reason, Kyle Kaiser has not gone out yet. James Hinchcliffe is currently the fastest at 228.125 mph. Sage Karam is just a tick behind at 228.083 mph. Max Chilton is third at 227.404 mph. Pato O’Ward is next at 225.746 mph with Fernando Alonso at a distant 220.009 mph.

While typing, I just looked up to see Alonso’s car sparking in the back as he drifted up toward the wall. They seem to be going backwards as they are now chasing the car, much like Marlboro Team Penske in 1995. The more they try, the slower the car goes.

If the Fast Row Shootout takes place today, I’m guessing that McLaren doesn’t make the field. Which is the bigger story, McLaren not making the field or DragonSpeed making it?

Keep your fingers crossed that we can at least get the Fast Row Shootout in before the rains come. If we do, and then it rains – the top three rows will stand and Spencer Pigot will be your pole winner. As I typed that, the caution just came out for moisture on the track. I guess it’s here.

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George Phillips

2 Responses to “Welcome to Bump Day/Pole Day at IMS”

  1. Bruce B Says:

    Love your passion and reports George! Wouldn’t that be the “Last” row shootout and not the “fast” row shootout??

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