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Field of 33 Set for Indianapolis 500

Legge qualifies; Jourdain fails to get up to speed


Katherine Legge qualified for the final spot in the Indy 500.  (photo courtesy Bret Kelly/INDYCAR)

After two days of qualifying, the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race has a full field of 33 drivers.

The remaining nine drivers qualified within an hour Sunday on Bump Day.  Katherine Legge, who announced her entry with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports on Saturday, qualified for the final spot.  Legge says she's thrilled to finally be in the race.

"I haven't slept in like three days, so I'm going sleep tonight, which is good," Legge said.  "It's been a long day, but it's been a great day and a great opportunity. So just happy now, relieved to be in the field."

No actual bumping took place on Sunday.  Michel Jourdain, Jr. had a chance to qualify for a spot in the race, but couldn't get his car up to speed and never made a qualifying attempt.

Those that made the field Sunday include Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal, Sebastian Saavedra, rookie Tristan Vautier, Ana Beatriz, Pippa Mann, rookie Conor Daly, 1996 Indy 500 winner Buddy Lazier and Legge.  It's the second time four women have qualified for an Indy 500.  Simona de Silvestro qualified on Pole Day and will start 24th.

Drivers will get one final practice run on Carb Day Friday before the big race next Sunday.


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