The drama of Indianapolis can make or break a driver and teams. The pressure was on Sunday as several drivers needed to get into the Indianapolis 500-mile race.
In the end, 33 dreams came true and four dreams were crushed, as Milka Duno, Paul Tracy, Jay Howard, and Jaques Lazier were bumped from the Indy 500 field.
The day started early as Tony Kanaan crashed in the morning practice in turn one at almost the same spot as he did in his qualifying run. Kanaan was able to get into the field after running in practice all day. He got into the field in the final hour and will start 32nd on the grid for the 500.
Ryan Hunter Reay crashed in the morning practice as well, so he didn't attempt to practice as he qualified on Saturday. The team rallied around Kanaan, and he made the Indy 500.
Jaques Lazier came into Sunday as a replacement driver, as A.J. Foyt IV decided not to run the car, but Lazier came up short and will miss the Indianapolis 500, along with Milka Duno and Jay Howard. Howard was fast most of the month and led the morning warmup but missed the show in a last-minute attempt in qualifying.
Paul Tracy is a shocker as he failed to make the race. The car was fast, and he made good runs this week and in the morning practice, but the weather was hot and sunny this weekend as compared to all the clouds, rain, and cool temperatures from the week.
Sebastian Saavedra, who was in the race, crashed late on Sunday and was taken to the hospital. With the drama at the end of qualifying with Howard and Tracy going back out, Saavedra got back in and will start 33rd.
With the field now set, all of the drama of Pole Day and Bump Day will now be over. Drivers will focus on the media blitz this week and then Carb Day on Friday. Helio Castroneves will lead the field of 33 for Turn One next Sunday in the 94th Indianapolis 500, and the only number that will count at the end of the 500 miles is first, as that is where every driver wants to finish in the Indianapolis 500-mile race.
Can Castroneves score four wins in the race? He now has four poles for the 500. Will we see an upset driver win The Greatest Spectacle In Racing? Find out next Sunday at 12 noon ET on ABC.