Jean Alesi will be on the grid for this weekend's Indianapolis 500 after formally qualifying for the race on Bump Day.
Both Alesi (Fan Force United) and fellow Lotus-powered runner Simona de Silvestro (HVM) made the field after completing the formalities of Bump Day qualifying, which is reserved for the cars that missed out on the top 24 places on the previous qualifying day. Had any late entries arrived to challenge for one of the 33 places, the Lotuses could potentially have been knocked out of the event.
"Now I can breathe," said Alesi. "It's a big relief for me to finally get into this race. I have wanted to do this race ever since I was young.
"Of course, I am disappointed because I don't have the car I thought I would have, but it was all we could get, and we took it. It's frustrating to not have the same speed as the others. I am a professional, I have passion inside of me. I want to do the maximum that I can, with the car that I have."
Alesi will start from the rear of the grid after posting the slowest time of the day; the former Formula 1 star finishing up with an average speed almost 17mph slower than that of polesitter Ryan Briscoe.
Quickest of the Bump Day runners was Dragon's Sebastien Bourdais, whose team switched from Lotus to Chevrolet power last week.
Pos Driver Team/Car Speed
1. Ryan Briscoe Penske DW12-Chevy 226.484
2. James Hinchcliffe Andretti DW12-Chevy 226.481
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti DW12-Chevy 226.240
4. Marco Andretti Andretti DW12-Chevy 225.456
5. Will Power Penske DW12-Chevy 225.422
6. Helio Castroneves Penske DW12-Chevy 225.172
7. Josef Newgarden Fisher DW12-Honda 224.037
8. Tony Kanaan KV DW12-Chevy 224.751
9. EJ Viso KV DW12-Chevy 224.422
10. Rubens Barrichello KV DW12-Chevy 224.264
11. Alex Tagliani Herta DW12-Honda 224.000
12. Graham Rahal Ganassi DW12-Honda 223.959
13. Ana Beatriz Andretti/Conquest DW12-Chevy 223.920
14. Charlie Kimball Ganassi DW12-Honda 223.868
15. Scott Dixon Ganassi DW12-Honda 223.684
16. Dario Franchitti Ganassi DW12-Honda 223.582
17. James Jakes Dale Coyne DW12-Honda 223.482
18. JR Hildebrand Panther DW12-Chevy 223.422
19. Takuma Sato Rahal DW12-Honda 223.392
20. Townsend Bell Schmidt DW12-Honda 223.134
21. Justin Wilson Dale Coyne DW12-Honda 222.929
22. Michel Jourdain Jr Rahal DW12-Honda 222.893
23. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt DW12-Honda 222.891
24. Sebastian Saavedra AFS/Andretti DW12-Chevy 222.811
25. Sebastien Bourdais Dragon DW12-Chevy 223.760
26. Wade Cunningham Foyt DW12-Honda 223.258
27. Oriol Servia Panther/DRR DW12-Chevy 222.393
28. Ed Carpenter Carpenter DW12-Chevy 222.324
29. Mike Conway Foyt DW12-Honda 222.319
30. Katherine Legge Dragon DW12-Chevy 221.624
31. Bryan Clauson Fisher DW12-Chevy 214.455
32. Simona de Silvestro HVM DW12-Lotus 214.393
33. Jean Alesi Fan Force DW12-Lotus 210.094