things that go bump…

in the night er… day.

When I hear the term “bump day” I hear the sounds of 70’s disco music and picture a massive crowd dancing… but I digress…

So, there was a lot of discussion near the end of yesterdays broadcast (which yes, I got to watch from a super secret location which I will not reveal due to the TV spies feeling the need to scan the interweb and pull the plug on the only means for those of us not living south of the border to watch this whole fucking boring process…) wait, what was I talking about?

oh ya, there was a lot of talk about who would “sleep well” last night and who wouldn’t. (so much so we added it to our drinking game terms) I guess more people slept well than not, cause really it’s only the bottom of the grid that is in any “danger”, and from the looks of who’s there, they likely ain’t gonna factor in on race day anyway other than providing traffic as they get lapped endlessly.

Here’s what I don’t get. Why lock in the first 11 spots that first day? Lock in the pole-sitter and give him his big fat cheque, hell, lock in the front row if you’re so desperate to get that “front row” photo-op out of the way, but then let the times stand for the rest of the grid like a true qualifying!

Here is what the grid would look like based on time: (I’ve left their current # in place to show how much the jump would be)

1. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 224.864
2. (6) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 224.083
3. (10) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 224.010
4. (02) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 223.954
5. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 223.867
6. (11T) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 223.612
12. (2) Raphael Matos, Dallara-Honda, 223.429
7. (5) Mario Moraes, Dallara-Honda, 223.331
8. (26) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 223.114
13. (15) Paul Tracy, Dallara-Honda, 223.111
14. (14) Vitor Meira, Dallara-Honda, 223.054
9. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 223.028
15. (18) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 222.903
10. (7) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 222.882
16. (27) Hideki Mutoh, Dallara-Honda, 222.805
17. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Honda, 222.780
18. (4) Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 222.777

11. (99) Alex Lloyd, Dallara-Honda, 222.622
19. (41) A.J. Foyt IV, Dallara-Honda, 222.586
20. (16) Scott Sharp, Dallara-Honda, 222.162
21. (67) Sarah Fisher, Dallara-Honda, 222.082
22. (44) Davey Hamilton, Dallara-Honda, 221.956
23. (06T) Robert Doornbos, Dallara-Honda, 221.692
24. (8) Townsend Bell, Dallara-Honda, 221.195
25. (17) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda, 220.984
26. (34T) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 220.553
27. (19) Tomas Scheckter, Dallara-Honda, 220.212
28. (24) Mike Conway, Dallara-Honda, 220.124
29. (13) E.J. Viso, Dallara-Honda, 219.971
30. (21T) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 219.502
31. (43) John Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 219.442
32. (23) Milka Duno, Dallara-Honda, 218.040
33. (00) Nelson Philippe, Dallara-Honda, 218.032

interesting no?

What else is interesting…

*Nelson Phillipe’s use of the word “scared” during yesterday’s broadcast. I don’t know if he even realizes it’s become a staple of his vocabulary, but he might want to have an emergency meeting with his sports psychologist, cause fear ain’t healthy.
Butterflies, nerves, a respect for the dangers of the track/sport = good
Abject fear of the track, your car, your situation, = dangerous

Not just to yourself, but to others.

*Junky finally got a ride but not with Coyne as many had been convinced of. (see CJ, this gal knows things!) but since his crew was being assembled by phone at 10:30pm by Eric Bachelart, he basically stood and watched everyone else fill the field yesterday. He should easily make the field today.Which means 3 others will be on the outside looking in come 6pm. An actual bump day, with bumpees. (plural)

*over/under on Stanton Barrett actually being the driver today? … Hey Stanton, I know what it feels like not to “make the show” buddy. (it’s happening weekly now) Hang in there. That said, have they just not got the equipment? Cause obviously he’s not hesitating when he’s out there. He’s a stunt driver for god sake!

heck, who knows what or who will come out of the shadows today. Lots of talent stalking the garages this week. If a team owner thinks he has the car and driver combo hidden away that could go out there and drive 4 consistent laps over 219. He’s in the show.

ok.. off for brunch. More later.

Maybe. Maybe not.

Who knows. Who cares.

need coffee…

15 responses to “things that go bump…

  1. I think Junqi will get in, he’s in right now. Hope Milka gets bumped.

  2. Milka and in Tags out??? Holy H. Mackerel.

  3. Ouch! I can’t believe Tags is out. What an awful decision by the team. Conquest will not likely play it conservatively in the future. On the flip side bump day is back.

  4. Well, so the PR is out that Eric B has made the swap…Bruno out, Alex in…

    This is just one of those awful, hard to swallow realities of what happens at the Speedway, though this type of scenario is exceptionally rare. Other drivers qualifying a car for a designated driver, ya, but…

    I like Bruno (now…years later), and feel for him like crazy…waiting so long to get the nod, putting the car safely into the show with the barest minimum of practice. At the same time, I was bummed for Alex as the gun sounded, and it immediately crossed my mind about the irony of Bruno in a team car doing what he did.

    If this doesn’t show the realities of the state of racing (essentially talentless ride buyers in the biggest race in the world), I don’t know what does. Some folks squeezed in, some missed…this was actually a classic bump-day scenario.

    Give credit where it’s due, she put four good ones together…I’d just feel a whole lot better if Alex and Bruno were both in and Milka was the one on the outside looking in…

    • I’m really torn by this decision. I understand it, but doesn’t sit any better in the gut.

      I totally give Milka her due. (always have) She did what she was supposed to and put it in the show, early and securely. Conquest should have had Tags do the same thing, but for some reason dropped the ball, leaving them a devastated primary driver, and a bag full of pissed off sponsors.

      I’m thinking Bruno didn’t come into this deal with any money or else he would have been in a seat a lot sooner (that sponsor was a bumped up sponsorship from a former Conquest partner, courtesy of Rubicon’s amazing marketing/sponsorship dept. ) This makes the “cornholing” (thanks p-dog) much less surprising, and probably a little easier to do on the part of Conquest.

      I’m less convinced of Andretti’s right to be in the field. (or Conway or Phillipe who could be more of a hazard)

  5. Remind me to laugh right out loud next time someone says “the fastest 33 get into the field.” Bruno got corn-holed. Imagine the “just business” stuff that would have gone on if IZOD’s guy didn’t qualify. How do you say “horseshit” in Portuguese?

    • LOL… you’re jumping on the Vision conspiracy P-dog?? Although I do wonder how they would have explained pulling Ed (who was clearly faster) from the car and sticking RHR’s whiny ass in it, and covering it with IZOD stickers.

      if the “fix” was in, it was brilliantly executed to make RHR’s pig of a car teeter on the DNQ line so precariously for 4 laps, and make Conquest go along with looking like jacktards for their serious lack of forethought.

      I think the chink in the armour was Andretti actually pulling 4 good laps out of his ass at the end of the day.

  6. Wow. Check out the tinfoil hat on PDog! I think everyone in here feels the same way, but does Pressdog really think that there was a conspiracy that allowed this to happen? I know it’s easy to second guess what the team did with Tags, but it really didn’t look like Andretti was going to be able to run the number. It was obviously very close for RHR too. So, I don’t think it was unreasonable to leave the car in the show instead of taking the chance. If they withdrew and went slower or put it in the wall, we’d all have a cow the other way, no? Had Andretti or RHR not been able to run the number, they could have waved (or been waved) and Tags would have had another chance.

    And, as much as Milka has been rightfully criticized, you have to give her credit here for getting in the car and stringing together 4 good laps. She did a good job here.

    Definitely, definitely sucks for Bruno though. He did an amazing job, and it’s a shame for him.

    • I echo all of this. I wasn’t the biggest Junky fan for many years, but he’s really changed in the last few, and I was so happy to see him get a seat this weekend. He’ll be landing on his feet elsewhere soon (for at least one weekend) but this would have helped that deal along too.

  7. That sucked, Junki getting pulled, and Tags not being fast enough. Meesh, what happens if a car crashes on Carb day, and cannot be replaced? Milka is really bad, I was suprised she made it in instead of Tags, or Lazier.

    • Interestingly enough, Tags would have been first alternate…the car is still qualified 34th, which means it gets plugged in if one of the qualified 33 wads one up on Carb day…curiouser leads to curiouser…if Tag destroys the 36 car, does he then jump into the 34 car for the race? Either way, he’ll start on the south pole (33rd spot). But if someone else were to wall a car and FUBAR it, I guess it would be open for Bruno to get in the second Conquest car…now the games begin…which car at that point is the ‘second car’…if Bruno gets back into the 36, does he then (hopefully yes) reclaim his original starting spot? Most interesting…but unlikely…scenarios.

  8. That shit happens in NASCAR a lot, just two weeks ago, Scott speed bought his way into a race, then wrecked. Or, Roger Penske saving Sam Hornish, twice, by switching points.

  9. I remember Walker doing that in ’92 when he put Goodyear in place of Groff. If only it could work out that well for Tags on race day.

    • Also, I was at that 500 photo op in Herald Square. I was a bit puzzled as to why Junqueira wasn’t there. That answered my question.

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