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Duno leads Bump Day warm-up

Milka Duno, Dreyer & Reinbold, Indy practice 2009A close-fought Bump Day is in prospect at Indianapolis after the three drivers yet to qualify for the 500 showed sufficient pace to make it into the field in the morning practice hour.

Milka Duno was fastest this morning for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. Currently 32nd on the grid, had she managed to sustain today's 221.586mph lap over a qualifying run yesterday she would have qualified a very safe 24th. However her pace in practice suggests that she will be fast enough to respond if she is bumped out later on.

HVM duo EJ Viso and Nelson Philippe were second and third. While the latter is the most vulnerable of all, as he is only 33rd on the grid at present, Viso's 29th place ought to be secure.

But the most impressive performance of the morning came from Bruno Junqueira, who turned his first laps for Conquest Racing after signing to drive the team's second car yesterday. Within five laps he was producing speeds quick enough to comfortably qualify for the race, despite having not driven Conquest's Dallara-Honda before - and having not driven an IndyCar at all since the end of the 2008 season.

Buddy Lazier (Hemelgarn) and Stanton Barrett (3G) were fifth and sixth in practice, but both lapped fast enough to qualify, benefiting from today's improved weather conditions.

Each driver has three attempts to make it into the field today, while the drivers already securely in the field can use the periods when the track is empty between qualifying attempts to continue their pre-race testing.

Pos  Driver           Team               Time      Speed
 1.  Milka Duno       Dreyer & Reinbold  40.6163s  221.586mph
 2.  EJ Viso          HVM                40.7508s  220.855mph
 3.  Nelson Philippe  HVM                40.7804s  220.694mph
 4.  Bruno Junqueira  Conquest           40.8769s  220.173mph
 5.  Buddy Lazier     Hemelgarn          40.9526s  219.766mph
 6.  Stanton Barrett  3G                 40.9841s  219.597mph
 7.  Sarah Fisher     Fisher             41.2069s  218.410mph
 8.  Dan Wheldon      Panther            41.3790s  217.502mph

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