Indy 500: Bruno Junqueria out of 500 Ryan Hunter-Reay in

Eric SmithCorrespondent IIIMay 24, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 22:  Ryan Hunter-Reay, driver of the #26 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Dallara Honda, watches the scoreboard as he waits to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 on May 22, 2011 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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In a stunning move this evening, A.J. Foyt dismissed Bruno Junqueria of the No. 41 A.J. Foyt Enterprises entry, and put in Ryan Hunter-Reay in the car for the 500.

Hunter-Reay will start in the 33rd and final position due to a driver change, and the car will get entrant points and Hunter-Reay will get Championship points on the season.

This is a very shocking move in that Bruno qualified the car on the pole day and was due to start a solid 19th place.  This is the second time in three years this has happened to Bruno. 

Three years ago Conquest Racing replaced Bruno for as ironic as this seems, this year's pole winner Alex Tagliani.  Tags brought All Sport as a sponsor for the race, but couldn't get his car up to speed to qualify.  The team decided to put Tags in the car for that years 500.

A.J. did this to help out an old friend Michael Andretti, and it helps relieve the cost of the month now that Andretti is supplying the tires, crew and other costs.

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