Indy 500: Crushing Bump Day, Two Pals Battle for Last Position on the Starting Grid
Jack Harvey and Graham Rahal are good friends and teammates- and they had to battle for the 33rd position in the 107th Indianapolis 500, on SUnday's "Bump Day' where one person had to be bumped out of the starting grid for the Indy 500.
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Harvey shocks Rahal in last-chance qualifying
With five minutes remaining in Sunday's last-chance qualifying, Jack Harvey was not in the Indianapolis 500 field. At the end of what seemed like his final run, he still was not in the field of 33. But the team and Harvey made the decision to make one final, desperate run without the luxury of cooling the engine. Harvey crossed the line to make that last run with seconds remaining on the clock and bumped Rahal Letterman Lanigan teammate Graham Rahal out of the field by 0.004s.
Harvey, who was filled with emotion, joined the media at the end of qualifying along with the three top performers from Sunday's second day of qualifying, confiding in them that he was relieved to be in the race but it wasn't a great feeling, because he had to knock Rahal out.
"I don't want anyone to think that we are celebrating right now, " Harvey told the media about the extremely fast day.
"I think Graham is one of the most under-rated drivers out there, to be honest," Harvey said when addressing his feelings about the situation, his face drawn with tense emotion.
Alex Palou won the all-important pole position and was very excited with his team, which shows the highs and lows of the intense competition from the day.
The first and second positions are going to be the closest in history for all 107 Indy 500 races, which will be held Sunday.
Rinus Vekay, who will start in second, also filled with emotion and told the media that he felt like he had lost already and was struggling with those feelings. Still, he did his best to be positive and convey a solid message about the race in general and the traditions.