Dramatic Bump Day At Indy
May 23, 2010 | 6:26 P.M. EST
Joining Kanaan and Saavedra in the field of 33 cars are rookies Takuma Sato and Mario Romancini, and veterans John Andretti, Sarah Fisher, Vitor Meira, Alex Lloyd and Bruno Junqueira.
"It has been amazing, especially after such a difficult day yesterday," Sato said. The team did an outstanding job, putting everything back into one piece. When I got back in the car this morning, everything felt comfortable. At lunch time it was difficult because of the warmer temperatures, and we really didn't get up to speeds we had earlier. The last half an hour was chaos to be honest but we made it. The team did a great job, and I'm really proud of them."
Left out are Howard, Tracy, Milka Duno and Jaques Lazier, who replaced A.J. Foyt IV in the No. 41 ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing car following the morning practice.
"I've just got to thank the KV team," Tracy said. "The car was quick all week when it was cold. It was quick this morning when it was cold. As soon as the track temperature came up, we couldn't get a handle on it. I was just sitting in the car. When we needed the car to run in the heat, it just wouldn't run. I was hanging on. When you're sliding like that, you're just scrubbing speed off. It cuts deep. All the preparation to get ready for this. It's a hard blow. It's going to be a long drive home in the motor home."
Saavedra, whose No. 29 William Rast/Bryan Herta Autosport car made contact with the Turn 1 SAFER Barrier while practicing with 1 hour, 10 minutes left in the session, was transported to the hospital as a precaution. He got the news he had made the field while undergoing an MRI at Methodist Hospital. The MRI was negative, and he was cleared to drive.