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"Drama" Expected For Indy 500 Bump Day

For the first time since 2011, there are 35 cars and drivers who will be qualifying for one of 33 positions in the starting lineup for the Indy 500.

INDIANAPOLIS -- If you ask Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles about qualifications this weekend for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, one word keeps popping up:

 

"Drama."

 

For the first time since 2011, there are more cars and drivers than positions in the starting lineup for the Indy 500.  There will be a total of 35 cars looking to make it into the field of 33 for this year's race during Saturday's "Bump Day".

 

The added tension during qualifications comes on Saturday as those who have the nine fastest speeds are run separately between 5 and 5:45 p.m. Sunday on "Pole Day" to slot the top nine positions for the Indy 500.

 

"Some of the folks might go out and qualify tenth or eleventh and withdraw [their] time and try to qualify into the Fast Nine, so there's that drama of trying to get into the field, but also trying to make sure you're in the Fast Nine which concludes Sunday," says Boles.

 

Below is the schedule for Indy 500 qualifications this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

 

SATURDAY, MAY 19 - "BUMP DAY"

7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Public gates open

8 - 9:30 a.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Practice

11 a.m. - 5:50 p.m., Qualifications

 

SUNDAY, MAY 20 - "POLE DAY"

9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Public gates open

12 - 12:45 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Practice for Positions 10-33

1:15 - 2 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Practice for Positions 1-9

2:45 - 4:45 p.m., Qualifications for Positions 10-33

5 - 5:45 p.m., Qualifications for the "Fast Nine", Positions 1-9.

 

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