Qualification scatterbrain

Posted by Iannucci | 5/17/2008 | 9 comments »
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Of all of the places I've lived without exception the locals have said "People around here just don't know how to drive in the rain". Well, today at IMS it looked like a case of people not knowing how drive with merely the threat of rain, what with all of the crashes. Looks like it should be a fun year with our seats in Turn One.

After getting like one lap in his Panoz (yes, a Panoz) Phil Giebler is now in the hospital with bruised lungs. His car looked irreparable, and most embarrassing was that despite seeing the Dephi Saftey Team helping him for many many minutes I have no idea who the sponsor on the sidepods was. That's like double-wasted money.

The fastest qualifier of the day was Townsend Bell. In a Dreyer & Reinbold car. Is there something about this in "Revelations"?

A 500 mile race is not a sprint, unless you're part of Quattro's crew trying to replace a gear box with 5 minutes left on qualification day. Then it's not exactly a marathon.

Of course, if the gun never actually goes off...

Speaking of AJ4, I hope one of the fine photographers was able to capture a picture of the usually calm and collected Foyt sitting down and looking off to the side with a "what in the world happened to me" look.

I don't know what the word for a marathon of sprinting is called but I'm sure it's not safe for the public airwaves and it's being said a lot tonight by the guys working on cars for Max Papis and Mario Dominguez.

The net result of today's festival of carbon fiber (copyright: pressdog) is that after getting all hyped up about a "real" bump day we're likely looking at Buddy Lazier, Marty Roth, Papis, Dominguez and Foyt fighting over two spots. And that's the BEST case scenario.

Noticing the disparity between John Andretti (221.550 mph) and teammate slash owner Marty Roth (215.506 mph) has led just about everyone to say that Roth should have replaced himself instead of Jay Howard. A logical conclusion, sure, but let me ask how many of you wanted ever wanted to race at Indy? OK, now how many of you grew up dreaming of being an owner? Point being it's Marty's money and not yours or mine (curses!) and if he wants to go down driving it himself then it's his purchase.

Unlike Marty, Sarah Fisher looks to be safely on the starting grid at P22. Folks, those are your dollars hard at work (especially if your name is "O'Gara").

Oh, and thanks to Mark Jaynes of IMS Radio, who during Sarah's attempt said "A lot of the blogs and chat rooms are encouraging fans to donate to Sarah Fisher Racing." There aren't exactly "a lot" of IndyCar blogs, but we happy few appreciate the generalized shout-out.

I don't know if you caught it on IMS Radio, but they were saying that Jaime Camara is on a huge seat of heat and that a driver with a French sounding first name and a Buddy for a brother was waiting in the wings to qualify Camara's car. Should things get wacky enough to push the P30 qualifier to the bubble, remember you heard it here second.

How would you like to have been Jeff Simmons today? All ready to go and getting a yellow flag from the starter because the team forgot to authorize the qualification attempt. Oops. It may not be over until the fat man swings, but it doesn't start until Super Tex waives the green flag.

As a testament to how hard Ryan Hunter-Reay hit the wall last week, note that he qualified six days later in the T car. The primary is probably sitting under a sheet somewhere near Columbus, Ohio.

All things considered, at least the rain held (mostly) and there were 33 qualified today. That's acceptable, even if the last one was a guy who was lifting in Turn One so much he slowed to 210 mph.

However little it may be, bring on the bumping.


  1. Anonymous // May 17, 2008 9:14 PM  

    Well unless the Frenchman is Laurent Redon dont expect to see him on Sunday, (unless you were talking outside of the 500) because son there will be no more rookie drives at the 500 year, and that came from Mr. Barnhart himself.....

  2. Fred Hurley // May 17, 2008 9:18 PM  

    I think he was referring to Jacques Lazier, no?

    By the way, for those not watching the broadcast, the reason for RHR qualifying in the T car was that they sent the primary back to the shop in Ohio to get rebuilt, and on the way, the truck hit a deer, causing additional delay. Yeah, a deer. Fuzzy little tail, pointy ears, antlers. A deer. Sometimes you're the pigeon, and sometimes ...

    As for bumping, next year will be better, as this off-season should see some driver shuffling, and Dallara will have cranked out some more chassis.

  3. Ansen Bayer // May 17, 2008 9:47 PM  

    Pretty sure Jacque Lazier is one of the few people I know of with a brother by the name of Buddy.

    Rumors are that American Dream is trying to wrangle up a Dallara to stick Jacque in as well...

    As an aside, I like Townsend Bell's car even better now with the addition of the white stripes, etc...

  4. Anonymous // May 17, 2008 10:27 PM  

    the last book in the bible is Revelation NOT Revealtions. :p

    I hope Viso, Duno, and Roth get bumped.

    And I hope that Papis, Buddy, and Aj Foyt IV make it !

  5. Anonymous // May 17, 2008 10:36 PM  

    Who cares, you know what he meant. And also, Viso and Duno, like it or not, are pretty much safe. They both have two rows below them. And yes, the driver that he is refering to is Jacques Lazier.

  6. Iannucci // May 17, 2008 10:58 PM  

    In the interest of spelling and accuracy we're talking about "The Book of Revelation" and "Jaques Lazier". But not in any correlational sense.

    Seriously though...a freaking deer? Is Cristiano da Matta aware of this?

  7. Anonymous // May 18, 2008 6:23 AM  

    It has to be tense for Quattro finally having a sponsor and facing the prospect of not making the race. If the weather holds, I think he'll make it.

  8. Anonymous // May 18, 2008 10:43 AM  

    I rag on Marty a lot (even though Jeff's 100% correct), but props to the qualifying run he just had in these conditions.

    Of course, he and AJ aren't completely safe yet.

  9. Anonymous // May 18, 2008 3:12 PM  

    Wow. I think we can declare Bump Day back now.