Spark Notes: Everything You Need To Know About Indy 500 Bump Day & James Hinchcliffe

Bump Day returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year as 35 cars competed for 33 spots in the field. The return of Bump Day was welcomed by the Indy 500 purists and heralded as a bright spot for the series and the race. It signified healthy growth and interest in the race, something the sport has been lacking in previous years as they struggled to get to the famed 33 starters number.

Two Drivers Saw Their Dreams End

  • James Hinchcliffe, Indycar’s media superstar, the Honda commercial guy, the Canadian sensation, the mayor of his own internet town, failed to qualify for the 102nd Indianapolis 500.
  • Pippa Mann also saw her dreams of running the 500 dashed as her Dale Coyne team couldn’t find her the speed.

  • Hinch made one last ill-fated attempt to make the race as the clock ticked ever closer to 5:50 PM but a bad vibration forced him to abort his lap and his Indy 500. A shocked #5 team waited for him in the pit lane.


  • Some fans are mad at Alexander Rossi and Graham Rahal for taking runs late in the day thinking they took a chance away from Hinch and Pippa. For clarification, we toss it to Apex Off correspondent Graham Rahal;

  • Our friendly Canadian correspondent James had this to add

Chevys Are Fast, Penske Is Fast, Will Their Bitching Stop?

  • Team Penske put all 4 cars in the Top 7 and all 4 will run for the pole on Sunday. Will that stop the bow-tie brigade from complaining that they don’t have the speed at the speedway? Absolutely not.
  • Chevy claimed 7 of the Fast 9 spots including all three Ed Carpenter Racing Cars including Danica Patrick.
  • Helio Castroneves sits on provisional provisional pole and will be the last to take a stab at pole Sunday afternoon.

It Rained

  • It rained.
  • It rained again.
  • It always fucking rains.
  • Whoever drives the red Chevy S-10 on pit road with the brush should be in a nursing home. Old boy does about 2.4 mph and sits in the way. Complete waste of a truck and impedes drying time. Get Roger the f out of here.

Other Notes

  • Conor Daly cried after making the field because they were Lotus slow at times but pulled it off.
  • Oriol Servia made the field but almost lost it all, in turn one on his second lap at speed.
  • Rahal made the race as well after flirting with the bubble.
  • James Davison makes the race after his team rebuilt the car overnight. A massively impressive effort by the #33 team.
  • AJ Foyt Racing might actually be a team to compete with next Sunday. Might.

Cars will be back on track at 2:30 PM Sunday

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