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Indy 500 - Bump Day Report


Indy 500 - Bump Day Report

GoDaddy Racing – Indianapolis 500 Bump Day Qualifying Report

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 13 GoDaddy Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing 
Bump Day Qualifying Result: 9th (227.610 mph)
Full Bump Day Qualifying Results

Danica Patrick’s qualifying effort in Bump Day for the Indianapolis 500 put her ninth of the 35 drivers that attempted to make the field for the 102nd running of the iconic event. The 33-car field for the Indianapolis 500 will be set following tomorrow’s final rounds of time trails. As a result of her aggregate time on the first day of qualifying, Patrick and the No. 13 GoDaddy Chevrolet team for Ed Carpenter Racing will participate in the Fast Nine Shootout, which runs from 5-5:45 p.m. ET. That round will see the fastest nine cars from Saturday’s qualifying session attempt to make a run at the pole for next Sunday’s race. The remaining spots, 10-33, will be set during Group 1 qualifying earlier in the day.
Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 13 GoDaddy Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing
It seems like you're breathing a little bit of a sigh of relief almost. With all the drama and all of the emotion, here you are in the Fast Nine Shootout. Did it match your expectations even?
“This exceeded it. I have high expectations for doing well here. That's why I was fortunate enough to be able to drive for Ed (Carpenter). They always have great cars, especially here at Indy. They're always very strong.”
You adapted very well again to open wheel racing. What was the biggest difference to this car from the last time you raced in IndyCar?
“I mean, honestly, there's been such a gap in time, to come back to downforce just feels the same to me. It's hard to remember the finite details. I think that a lot of people are dealing with sort of new nuances of the car, even just saying how it handled in the past in traffic versus now. I would say, if anything, it was about getting the rhythm back with lift points, downshift, up-shift, just little things you can do in an Indy car that I wouldn't have done in a stock car. So, those things come back.”

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ESPN 3 will provide live coverage of Sunday’s qualifying sessions from Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 11 am. – 3 p.m. and the broadcast will move to ABC from 4-6 p.m. ET. IndyCar Radio will also have live coverage from the track from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET.