IRL: Starting line-up for Indy500 finalised

By Andy Darley

CalendarMonday, May 19th, 2008

 
 

A last-gasp crash by Pacific Coast’s Mario Dominguez saved the blushes of Marty Roth as the final qualifiers for the 92nd Indy500 were confirmed on bump day.

Dominguez, the last driver to make a qualifying attempt, was running fast enough to bump Roth from the 33rd and final qualifying place when he crashed entering the second corner.

Earlier in the day Vision Racing’s AJ Foyt IV, whose previous qualifying efforts had been hampered by errors and gearbox problems, comfortably bumped his way into the field – but later crashed in a ball of flames when running practice laps, thanks to a failure in his fuel system.

He suffered only minor burns and will race – and he also had the consolation of winning the $10,000 Red Gold Red Zone Award for the day’s fastest single lap.

Competition for the last two places in the race was fierce during the final half-hour, with previous winner Buddy Lazier seizing the 32nd spot with an unexpectedly fast series of laps, and Roth just surviving the challenge of Roger Yasukawa and the unlucky Dominguez.

Final qualifying positions

Row Inside Middle Outside
1 Flag of New Zealand Scott Dixon
Target Chip Ganassi Racing
Flag of Great Britain Dan Wheldon
Target Chip Ganassi Racing
Flag of Australia Ryan Briscoe
Team Penske
2 Flag of Brazil Hélio Castroneves
Team Penske
Flag of the USA Danica Patrick
Andretti Green Racing
Flag of Brazil Tony Kanaan
Andretti Green Racing
3 Flag of the USA Marco Andretti
Andretti Green Racing
Flag of Brazil Vitor Meira
Panther Racing
Flag of Japan Hideki Mutoh
Andretti Green Racing
4 Flag of the USA Ed Carpenter
Vision Racing
Flag of South Africa Tomas Scheckter
Luczo Dragon Racing
Flag of the USA Townsend Bell
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
5 Flag of the USA Graham Rahal
Newman/Haas/Lanigan
Flag of Great Britain Darren Manning
A.J. Foyt Enterprises
Flag of Brazil Bruno Junqueira
Dale Coyne Racing
6 Flag of Great Britain Justin Wilson
Newman/Haas/Lanigan
Flag of the USA Buddy Rice
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Flag of the USA Davey Hamilton
Vision Racing
7 Flag of Great Britain Alex Lloyd
Rahal Letterman / CGR
Flag of the USA Ryan Hunter-Reay
Rahal Letterman Racing
Flag of the USA John Andretti
Roth Racing
8 Flag of the USA Sarah Fisher
Sarah Fisher Racing
Flag of Australia Will Power
KV Racing Technology
Flag of the USA Jeff Simmons
A.J. Foyt Enterprises
9 Flag of Spain Oriol Servià
KV Racing Technology
Flag of Venezuela E. J. Viso
HVM Racing
Flag of Venezuela Milka Duno
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
10 Flag of Brazil Mario Moraes
Dale Coyne Racing
Flag of Brazil Enrique Bernoldi
Conquest Racing
Flag of Brazil Jaime Camara
Conquest Racing
11 Flag of the USA A. J. Foyt IV
Vision Racing
Flag of the USA Buddy Lazier
Hemelgarn Racing
Flag of Canada Marty Roth
Roth Racing

 

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