Jimmy Vasser, the last of nine Honda-powered drivers in the field for the Indianapolis 500, led the way this week in a bid for one of the nine remaining starting positions to be determined in Sunday's final "Bump Day" qualifying runs. Vasser is...
Jimmy Vasser, the last of nine Honda-powered drivers in the field for the Indianapolis 500, led the way this week in a bid for one of the nine remaining starting positions to be determined in Sunday's final "Bump Day" qualifying runs.
Vasser is driving this week for Rahal-Letterman Racing, but missed the first round of qualifying last weekend to compete in the CART Champ Car race in Germany. He arrived in Indianapolis when practice resumed on Wednesday, May 14 and was fastest of all drivers yet to qualify through the end of the week. Eight other Honda-powered drivers, led by front-row qualifiers Tony Kanaan and Robby Gordon, successfully made the field last weekend.
Traditional "Bump Day" activities begin Sunday with a one-hour practice session at 11 a.m. EDT. Qualification runs will be allowed from 1-7 p.m. EDT, with television coverage beginning on ABC, then continuing for the final hour on ESPN2.
Jimmy Vasser (#19 Rahal-Letterman Racing Honda) quickest driver yet to qualify: "We started out with a good, balanced, car and have improved it as the week went on. We ran a little better today, and [teammate] Kenny [Brack] and I are working in a good direction. Now we're working on our plan with the race setups. We're chipping away at things, and that is good. I'm still getting used to the time change from Europe. I woke up really early again today, but I was able to get back to sleep and that helped me. I should be okay by the time qualifying rolls around."