S2E5 - Bumping and Phoenix
Danica Patrick has decided to thumb her nose at two of the big superstitions in racing by carrying the number 13 on her car and wearing green. We say she should eat some peanuts and chuck up the middle fingers when she finishes the race (in a great spot btw). Also, we’re calling a third Foyt car with Davison as the driver.
Bumping – 6:50
And now to the race, we keep talking about – the Indianapolis 500 and qualifying and bumping. First, bumping is going to happen as we’ve heard straight from Mark Miles. So here’s how it happens. Saturday the drivers are picked for the field. Each driver gets one chance to qualify. Once everyone has had their qualifying chance we get two lines formed. Line 1 is for everyone who has voided their time and wants another shot – they get priority. Line 2 is for the people who want to try again but don’t want to void their original time – they have a lower priority. At the end of the day on Saturday, we will have all thirty-three drivers split up into Group 1 (the slots 10-33) and the Fast 9 (slots 1-9).
Sunday is Pole day! Sunday Group 1 goes first, each driver gets one qualifying round (the speeds from Sunday are erased) and slots 10-33 are set. Then – it’s the Fast 9 shootout where the top nine drivers vie for pole position. At the end of the day on Sunday we have our pole sitter and the field of thirty-three.
Now there are some contingencies in case someone is unable to qualify on Saturday for a mechanical issue or on-track incident. It’s called “last chance qualifying” and it’ll happen Sunday. That driver will attempt to qualify within Group 1 (they will not have a shot at Fast 9) and if they should bump someone, that driver then gets to reattempt.
Phoenix – 22:26
The first oval of the season is the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix. Honestly, Molly’s preview breaks it down – but we’re looking forward to a lot of things including a great drinking game.
Our choices though are as follows (check back in the review to see if we got it right):
- First – Newgarden
- Top 5 – Dixon
- Top 10 – Hinch
- First Out – Leist
- First – Power
- Top 5 – Rossi
- Top 10 – Carpenter
- First Out – Sato
Woman of the Week – 40:18
Susie Wolf is a former Woman in Motorsports Ambassador with F1. Her Formula one career spanned from 2012 through the end of the 2015 season with Williams. She was first named a development driver in April of 2012 and was elevated to the position of Practice Session Driver in 2014. At the time of the 2014 British GP, she became the first woman to participate in an F1 weekend since 1992. At the end of the 2015, Ms. Wolf retired from racing. This quote was particularly fantastic:
Shit We Didn’t Make Up – 43:42
It really is a tragic and unfortunate story surrounding Stephen White. On the Wednesday following the 1991 Indianapolis 500, Stephen was able to drive his pickup truck onto the track at the IMS when a gate was left open. He completed three of four laps before maintenance realized what happened. They drove a maintenance truck onto the track to stop him, and instead Stephen drove straight into that truck and died from injuries. It’s believed he had some mental illness that contributed to this. It’s a sad story, and one of the more unusual deaths that surround the track.