Jean Alesi qualifies for Indianapolis 500 as Bump Day fills grid
|By Mark Glendenning||Monday, May 21st 2012, 06:42 GMT|
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