Bumping begins at Indy to set the 2008 grid

The Indianapolis 500 field of thirty-three is full as the calendar turns to the final Sunday (May 18th) 'Bump Day' of qualifying for the Memorial Day contest at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Marty Roth took the final spot in the field on...

The Indianapolis 500 field of thirty-three is full as the calendar turns to the final Sunday (May 18th) 'Bump Day' of qualifying for the Memorial Day contest at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Marty Roth took the final spot in the field on Saturday, with a decidedly vulnerable four-lap average speed of 215.506 mph.

"I'm no stranger to 'the bubble'," said the amiable Canadian driver/owner after his successful attempt. "But I do wonder why I waved off the (218.697 mph) attempt I had early this afternoon."

Thus the black No. 25 car becomes the one to best for three drivers who still want to drive their way into The Greatest Spectacle in Racing scheduled for May 25th.

The most unlikely of the three, A J Foyt of Vision Racing, failed on a late-afternoon qualification attempt (that would have likely put him into the field) when he suffered an apparent gearbox problem and pulled off the 2.5 mile oval prior to taking the green flag.

Foyt IV waved off a try at 220.972 mph average speed earlier in the day.

Two other drivers, Mario Dominguez and Max Papis, were victimized by the gusty winds at the Speedway on Saturday. Both crashed into the SAFER barrier during pre-qualifying practice and significantly damaged their cars.

"We'll be back on the track tomorrow," said Papis' Rubicon Racing owner Jim Freudenberg.

Dominiguez' Pacific Coast Motorsports' team successfully repaired his Dallara/Honda prior to the 6:00pm EDT gun to end the third day of qualifications, but not in time to allow him to make a qualifying attempt.

Prior to their accidents, both drivers were running laps in the high two hundred teens, easily besting Roth's timed laps.

The final gun will go off at 6:00pm today, dashing hopes of some drivers while others will celebrate making the 2008 starting lineup for the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Mario Dominguez , Marty Roth