Conway, Hunter-Reay miss the cut

Mike Conway and Ryan Hunter-Reay both failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 as Danica Patrick, Alex Lloyd and Marco Andretti snuck in at the end of a dramatic Bump Day

Conway, Hunter-Reay miss the cut

Patrick had looked set to miss out earlier in the day as rain arrived before she can even make a qualifying attempt. But the weather relented and when the track reopened for a final hour, Patrick swiftly got herself onto the grid with a run good enough for 26th place.

Long Beach winner Conway, who had ended last year's Indy 500 with multiple injuries after a horrific crash on the final lap, could not muster the same speed from his car. He used up all three of his qualifying attempts without managing a quick enough time to get into the field.

Patrick's performance had put her team-mate Andretti 'on the bubble' in 33rd place - and the 2006 runner-up then found himself staring at non-qualification after Dale Coyne Racing's Alex Lloyd (who had been bumped by Patrick) produced a 223.957mph lap to jump back into the field in 31st.

Time was running out for Andretti to respond, but when Lloyd's Dale Coyne team-mate James Jakes waved off an unsuccessful late qualifying run, Andretti was able to get out on track with just a minute to spare. A spectacular run then took him into the field in 28th place, but at the expense of his Andretti team-mate Hunter-Reay, who had been shuffled down to 33rd amid the late changes and will now miss the Indy 500.

Conquest's Sebastian Saavedra, AFS driver Raphael Matos and Jakes all used up their maximum number of qualifying attempts without finding enough speed to make the field.

Big name drivers who had managed to make the cut earlier in the day included Ganassi's Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball, Paul Tracy (Dreyer & Reinbold), and Penske's Ryan Briscoe.

Alex Tagliani took pole position for Sam Schmidt Motorsports in yesterday's Pole Day session, ahead of Ganassi's Scott Dixon and Newman/Haas' Oriol Servia.

Pos Driver Team Speed 1. Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt 227.472mph 2. Scott Dixon Ganassi 227.340mph 3. Oriol Servia Newman/Haas 227.168mph 4. Townsend Bell Sam Schmidt 226.887mph 5. Will Power Penske 226.773mph 6. Dan Wheldon Herta 226.490mph 7. Buddy Rice Panther 225.786mph 8. Ed Carpenter Sarah Fisher 225.121mph 9. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 10. Takuma Sato KV 225.736mph 11. Vitor Meira Foyt 225.590mph 12. JR Hildebrand Panther 225.579mph 13. James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas 225.572mph 14. Bertrand Baguette Rahal Letterman Lanigan 225.285mph 15. Davey Hamilton Dreyer & Reinbold 225.250mph 16. Helio Castroneves Penske 225.216mph 17. John Andretti Petty/Andretti 224.981mph 18. EJ Viso KV 224.732mph 19. Bruno Junqueira Foyt 224.691mph 20. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold 224.511mph 21. Jay Howard Rahal/Schmidt 224.483mph 22. Tomas Scheckter KV/SH 224.433mph 23. Tony Kanaan KV 224.417mph 24. Simona de Silvestro HVM 224.392mph 25. Paul Tracy Dreyer & Reinbold 224.939mph 26. Danica Patrick Andretti 224.861mph 27. Ryan Briscoe Penske 224.639mph 28. Marco Andretti Andretti 224.628mph 29. Charlie Kimball Ganassi 224.499mph 30. Graham Rahal Ganassi 224.380mph 31. Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne 223.957mph 32. Pippa Mann Conquest 223.936mph 33. Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold 223.879mph Did not qualify: Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Raphael Matos AFS Mike Conway Andretti James Jakes Dale Coyne Sebastian Saavedra Conquest Ho-Pin Tung Schmidt/Dragon Scott Speed Dragon 
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