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Final Driver Standings

Rank Driver Points
1 Will Power 671
2 Helio Castroneves 609
3 Scott Dixon 604
4 Juan Pablo Montoya 586
5 Simon Pagenaud 565
6 Ryan Hunter-Reay 563
7 Tony Kanaan 544
8 Carlos Munoz 483
9 Marco Andretti 463
10 Sebastien Bourdais 461
11 Ryan Briscoe 461
12 James Hinchcliffe 456
13 Josef Newgarden 406
14 Charlie Kimball 402
15 Justin Wilson 395
16 Mikhail Aleshin 372
17 Jack Hawksworth 366
18 Takuma Sato 350
19 Graham Rahal 345
20 Carlos Huertas 314
21 Sebastian Saavedra 291
22 Ed Carpenter 262
23 Mike Conway 252
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch 80
26 J.R. Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam 57
28 Luca Filippi 46
29 James Davison 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
32 Townsend Bell 22
33 Pippa Mann 21
34 Martin Plowman 18
35 Buddy Lazier 11
36 Franck Montagny 8
Indy 500 field filled, bumping begins

Doornbos fastest on Day 3
Saturday, May 16, 2009

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A relieved Robert Doornbos is interviewed by the media
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Robert Doornbos turned the fastest speed on a weather-disrupted third day of qualifying to qualify for his first Indy 500 in 23rd.  Having missed the first qualifying weekend after a pair of practice crashes, the Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing driver beat KV Racing Technology's Townsend Bell by 0.4 seconds over 4 laps.

The final 11 starting positions for the 2009 Indianapolis 500 were provisionally filled Saturday as 13 drivers combined for 15 qualifying attempts during a session delayed by rain by more than 3 hours. At least three drivers will attempt to bump their way into the field on Sunday.

Following a rain delay of 3 hours, 31 minutes, Third Day Qualifying packed plenty of punch as the final 11 spots were filled, one driver was bumped from the field and one driver failed to qualify.

Rookie Robert Doornbos claimed the top spot available, 23rd, with a four-lap qualifying average of 221.692 mph on the 2.5-mile oval. He'll start in the middle of Row 8 with Townsend Bell on his outside.

Row 9 consists of Oriol Servia, Alex Tagliani and Tomas Scheckter, while Row 10 consists of Mike Conway, E.J. Viso and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

John Andretti, Milka Duno and Nelson Phillipe, provisionally filling Row 11, will have to be prepared to defend their positions on Sunday. Buddy Lazier, who was bumped from the field with six minutes remaining, Stanton Barrett, who failed to qualify in the final attempt of the day, and Bruno Junqueira, who signed a last-minute deal with Conquest Racing, will each have three attempts to bump their way into the field.

Following Bump Day, the 33 qualified drivers will have one final practice session on Friday, May 22 before the Indianapolis 500 on May 24..

The field after Day 3

Pos

Driver Lap 1 Speed Lap 2 Speed Lap 3 Speed Lap 4 Speed Avg Speed Status
1 Helio Castroneves (3) 225.405 224.983 224.764 224.308 224.864 Pole Day
2 Ryan Briscoe (6) 224.377 224.206 223.930 223.821 224.083 Pole Day
3 Dario Franchitti (10) 224.327 224.050 223.961 223.705 224.010 Pole Day
4 Graham Rahal (02) 224.230 224.024 223.875 223.690 223.954 Pole Day
5 Scott Dixon (9) 224.064 223.895 223.765 223.744 223.867 Pole Day
6 Tony Kanaan (11T) 223.985 223.619 223.374 223.470 223.612 Pole Day
7 Mario Moraes (5) 223.785 223.364 223.088 223.088 223.331 Pole Day
8 Marco Andretti (26) 223.408 223.143 222.962 222.945 223.114 Pole Day
9 Will Power (12) 223.279 222.950 222.921 222.963 223.028 Pole Day
10 Danica Patrick (7) 223.393 222.730 222.639 222.767 222.882 Pole Day
11 Alex Lloyd (99) 222.989 222.723 222.427 222.350 222.622 Pole Day
12 Raphael Matos (2) 223.561 223.407 223.417 223.329 223.429 2nd Day
13 Paul Tracy (15) 223.424 223.124 222.940 222.958 223.111 2nd Day
14 Vitor Meira (14) 223.562 223.212 222.880 222.564 223.054 2nd Day
15 Justin Wilson (18) 223.041 222.947 222.776 222.849 222.903 2nd Day
16 Hideki Mutoh (27) 222.965 222.845 222.730 222.679 222.805 2nd Day
17 Ed Carpenter (20) 223.142 222.635 222.774 222.571 222.780 2nd Day
18 Dan Wheldon (4) 223.252 222.851 222.694 222.311 222.777 2nd Day
19 AJ Foyt IV (41) 222.994 222.594 222.398 222.357 222.586 2nd Day
20 Scott Sharp (16) 222.165 222.245 222.127 222.111 222.162 2nd Day
21 Sarah Fisher (67) 222.477 222.230 222.081 221.542 222.082 2nd Day
22 Davey Hamilton (44) 222.227 222.027 221.778 221.795 221.956 2nd Day
23 Robert Doornbos (06T) 221.738 221.660 222.014 221.356 221.692 3rd Day
24 Townsend Bell (8) 221.280 220.953 221.247 221.301 221.195 3rd Day
25 Oriol Servia (17) 221.532 221.091 220.501 220.813 220.984 3rd Day
26 Alex Tagliani (34T) 221.104 220.834 220.917 219.367 220.553 3rd Day
27 Tomas Scheckter (19) 220.326 220.187 220.250 220.084 220.212 3rd Day
28 Mike Conway (24) 220.366 220.416 220.139 219.576 220.124 3rd Day
29 EJ Viso (13) 220.452 219.573 220.188 219.673 219.971 3rd Day
30 Ryan Hunter-Reay (21T) 219.383 219.551 219.743 219.334 219.502 3rd Day
31 John Andretti (43) 220.017 219.478 219.582 218.696 219.442 3rd Day
32 Milka Duno (23) 218.719 218.537 217.305 217.605 218.040 3rd Day
33 Nelson Philippe (00) 216.976 218.637 218.213 218.311 218.032 3rd Day
34 Hideki Mutoh (27) 223.245 222.456 222.209 222.418 222.581 Bumped
35 Raphael Matos (2) 222.564 222.508 222.414 222.375 222.466 Bumped
36 Paul Tracy (15) 222.076 221.850 221.893 221.839 221.915 Bumped
37 EJ Viso (13) 222.225 221.868 221.434 221.455 221.745 Bumped
38 Hideki Mutoh (27) 221.987 221.628 221.529 221.574 221.680 Bumped
39 Raphael Matos (2) 221.651 221.634 221.315 221.511 221.527 Bumped
40 Scott Sharp (16) 221.246 221.275 221.429 221.380 221.333 Bumped
41 Ed Carpenter (20) 221.472 221.186 221.207 221.221 221.272 Bumped
42 John Andretti (43) 221.815 221.432 220.709 220.486 221.109 Bumped
43 AJ Foyt IV (41) 221.596 219.869 221.236 218.741 220.355 Bumped
44 Milka Duno (23) 220.024 218.942 218.865 218.464 219.072 Bumped
45 Buddy Lazier (91) 219.425 217.802 215.523 213.297 216.487 Bumped
46 Tony Kanaan (11T) 223.109 222.790 222.568 222.500 222.742 Failed - 1
47 Justin Wilson (18) 222.581 222.434 222.444 222.444 222.476 Failed - 1
48 Justin Wilson (18) 220.658 220.794 221.319 220.966 220.934 Failed - 1
49 Vitor Meira (14) 222.173 221.978 221.839 221.745 221.934 Failed - 2
50 Stanton Barrett (98) 218.104 218.163 218.016 217.708 217.998 Failed - 3
51 Ryan Briscoe (6) 224.231 223.996 224.033 224.264 224.131 Withdrawn
52 Helio Castroneves (3) 224.126 224.118 223.887 223.667 223.949 Withdrawn
53 Scott Dixon (9) 224.106 223.883 223.736 223.399 223.781 Withdrawn
54 Graham Rahal (02) 223.515 223.385 223.129 223.037 223.266 Withdrawn
55 Marco Andretti (26) 223.024 222.815 222.670 222.648 222.789 Withdrawn
56 Paul Tracy (15) 223.162 222.653 222.597 222.585 222.749 Withdrawn
57 Mario Moraes (5) 222.632 222.506 222.338 222.403 222.470 Withdrawn
58 Danica Patrick (7) 221.903 221.889 221.579 221.769 221.785 Withdrawn
59 Scott Sharp (16) 221.142 221.138 221.275 220.858 221.103 Withdrawn
60 Sarah Fisher (67) 222.661 217.376 220.561 219.116 219.911 Withdrawn
61 Ryan Hunter-Reay (21) 221.718 221.508 221.374 0.000 221.534 Waved Off
62 Alex Tagliani (34) 218.082 0.000 0.000 0.000 218.082 Waved Off
63 Milka Duno (23) 219.626 212.767 215.913 0.000 216.066 Waved Off
64 John Andretti (43) 215.538 0.000 0.000 0.000 215.538 Waved Off

INDYCAR SERIES POST-QUALIFYING QUOTES:

ROBERT DOORNBOS (No. 06T Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, qualified 23rd): "I can't say it's been a boring month. It started off good. I arrived here with Arie (Luyendyk), and inspecting the track, he scared me to death in the Pace Car ride. And then I got going in my IndyCar, and I was really quick the first day and the next day, as well. I think we got a little bit too excited because Arie said I probably didn't need him anymore, and then we took off too much downforce and we crashed. We had no spare parts, so I missed the first two qualifying days, and then there is a lot of pressure on these four laps to make the show. The race car is good, but if you're not in the show, you don't need the race car. I am very happy and proud to be here now. In Kansas, (qualifying) was easier. I qualified second. Here it's such a long track, and with the wind picking up, you feel like every lap is a new adventure. Every corner is an adventure because the wind is coming from different angles. It's a tough four laps, but I'm very proud to do them on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway."

TOWNSEND BELL (No. 8 Herbalife-KV Racing Technology, 24th): "The car felt good. It was consistent, which is the most important thing. I can't thank Herbalife and the guys enough for giving me such great effort this month. I got in and the thing was just flying, so it's a great car, good team. I'm happy to be here. If the tank feels good, I'm going to put my foot down, so it just gave me a lot of confidence. You got to just drive what you have, and in this case I have a really good car." (About racing in the Indy 500): "Seems like everything it kind of gets sweeter. I just enjoy it more and more (each year). There's no place I'd rather be than Indianapolis during the month of May. Last year I came in thinking I want to have a spot and finish. This year we're aiming a little higher." (About conditions during qualifying): "I feel like I can drive the car around the conditions, which is nice, rather than being a victim of the conditions. I had the ability to do a little bit with the wheel to help compensate for the wind, and that made a consistent run." (About the race): "There's a lot of cars in front of us, and you've got to have a good strong start, so we're looking to get ourselves comfortably into the top 10 by the second half of the race and get ready to really put our head down and go for it. All I have to do is drive, and that's all any driver wants is to just turn the wheel. The KV Racing team makes it easy for me in that respect."

ORIOL SERVIA (No. 17 The Rahal Letterman DAFCA Special, 25th): "I knew we were going to be in the race. We actually were hoping to the fastest car today. We didn't do that, but the car still feels great, and I'm sure we'll be even better for Sunday." (On the past week): "It's been a great week. I've been working for many months to A, get the car going for the season and B, be here. Finally, with Rahal Letterman we were able to put it together, and I'm very pleased. I jumped in the car Thursday, and it felt great and we're in the race. The car, it felt great right away. I'm very hopeful that we can bring the car to the front on Sunday." (On his comfort level, and being with Rahal Letterman): "They won it in '04. They won, but they have many years of experience, so they know what they are doing. It's no secret. When I jumped in the car Thursday, it felt great right away. It really helps to be with good people."

ALEX TAGLIANI (No. 34T Rexall Edmonton Indy, 26th): "We left something on the table there on the last lap in Turn 2. I'm very proud of the Conquest team. We didn't have the most consistent day today. We had a lot of issues with the car. I guess we set the car up for conditions that were much different than they were today, and on top of that, the track temperature and the wind changed, so we had to revisit that. This track is known for that. Qualifying day, it's not the easiest to do. It took us all day until the last minute to put the car in qualifying. We even made a change without trying to test it. I went out in qualifying, and the car was not necessarily better. With the wind and what we did on the car required me to play with the weight-jacker a little bit. So, I was playing with the weight-jacker on the exit of Turn 1and exit of Turn 2 before (Turn) 3. It's good when you have to do it on the long straightaway, but between (Turns) 1 and 2 there's not a lot of time. So on the last lap I picked up a lot more push than I was expecting in (Turn) 1, and I was cranked with the wheel. When I tried to hit the weight-jacker to give me some more front grip in Turn 2, I missed the button and then I got into Turn 2 and knew I was going to get a push. I had to downshift in fifth gear. We did a 219-something on the last lap, and it brought our average down. So it was a little bit disappointing for us because we thought we had a better. Under the circumstances, we did very good and the team recovered well from two different incidents this month. I'm very proud of them, and the engineer did an awesome job for what we were going through today." (On qualifying for his first Indianapolis 500): "It's actually unbelievable because when I started my career in CART in 2000, I was a driver that just got a ride. I was racing against (Dario) Franchitti and all these guys, so I felt happy to get a ride. It was the most important thing for me, but I didn't realize until I drove the first lap (at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway) what I missed all these years not having the chance to race at Indy. I was on the pole in Fontana and Milwaukee, and I won Elkhart Lake. I had a couple of podiums here and there. You're happy to have good results at tracks, but nothing track made me so emotional than being on this track that first day. I was happy that the engineer said, 'Out and in,' on the install lap, because I was like looking all over the place thinking, 'I'm here; it's so unbelievable.' You can never predict how your career is going to turn out, but I was always in a seat and never had the chance to race at Indy. Now that the two series joined back together as one open-wheel series, it's the best thing that could ever happened for me. That's how I got the chance to come here. I feel very privileged and honored. I've been enjoying every minute of being at the Speedway."

TOMAS SCHECKTER (No. 19 MONA-VIE Racing, 27th): "I'm happy to be in the field. This happened because of the support MONA-VIE gave me. Dale Coyne and everybody with the car have been great. Just putting this together at the last minute has been absolutely crazy. We wanted to make a decent qualifying attempt. We had hoped for a little bit more speed, but it was a good run. We knew we weren't going to set the world on fire. It was extremely windy out there in Turns 3 and 4 and quite a bit of push off Turn 2. At this late stage, we weren't risking too much on the downforce. We just wanted to get in the show." (On consistent lap speeds): "I was playing with the weight-jacker. You would get a gust, and you would get a big understeer in the corner. The wind was hard to keep up with. I just kept working with the tools I had inside the car. I couldn't mash the pedal in these windy conditions. I'm thankful I'm in a car."

MIKE CONWAY (No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, 28th): "I wasn't sure what to expect in qualifying. Those were some of the best laps we laid down all day. The car felt more comfortable, and it was good to run a good average. I was trying to get the rear end stable. The wind was quite sharp in Turn 2; I had a lot of understeer. Going into Turns 3 and 4, I was losing grip. I had to work the weight-jacker to keep up the average speed. I was able to keep it pretty much flat all the way around. When you're out there by yourself in qualifying, it's a pretty big place. It was good to see the green flag, so I could get on with it. We're in the field. I'm happy and looking forward to what comes next."

E.J. VISO (No. 13 PDVSA HVM Racing, 29th): "I'm satisfied because we're in, but we need to be faster. This morning I went a little bit faster. We know we have a couple miles an hour more in the car. We went out with a very conservative setup and a lot of downforce in the car. It was pretty windy. The wind was in another direction, so it was affecting us a little bit in the back straight. The wind was a bit stronger (than this morning). The car was a little bit loose in corner 1. The track lost a little bit of grip between the hours of rain, and it cooled down a lot. It's been a drama with my qualifying situation. I need to say that it's been very fun. But it is a long month, and it brings some spice into the month."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 21T Vision Racing, 30th): "I just don't have any answers anymore. These guys work hard, and the car is super-slow. I feel bad for them in that way. We're trimming to levels where we should be another 2 miles an hour quicker, and we're not. I don't know. I appreciate this opportunity; we just need to get a handle on things pretty quick. It's tough for me. I know how it should be for us, and it's not, so it's tough. This is it for me. This is my life, and when it's not going right, it's hard." (About his run): "I was flat out. The car felt good, unfortunately, because we're slow. I don't know what's going on. These guys work really hard, and the speed is just not coming out of the car. I'm afraid I might be going to the last row party tonight, tomorrow, if I'm lucky. When you're trimming and you're hanging on to your own rear end out there and it's slow, that's the worst part. I don't think we're going to have any answers before the race. I think it's going to be get a decent race car in traffic and go to work on them."

JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 Window World, 31st): (On his qualification run today): "We've got a whole other day. As of now, it doesn't give for a good night's sleep, for sure." (About if the need arises to qualify again tomorrow): "We just have to go again, and we'll have to come out in the morning and we'll have to look at it, see what kind of speed we have and see if we sit and wait or if we go. It depends what the weather does." (On his first run verses his second run): "We only made one more run and changed the balance quite a bit, and then we rolled it up the line and changed it again. In doing so we just, basically, tried to fix the car a little bit closer to the ground."

MILKA DUNO (No. 23 CITGO/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, 32nd): "At least we are already in and have one more day for practice. The first time I tried to qualify, we were coming with a good lap. I lost the front of the car. It was close. I said, 'Oh, please, not now.' We lost the balance of the car; something was not right. After the team prepared the car again with a little more downforce because the wind was affecting my lap, the car was better. We had four consistent laps. At least we are in. Tomorrow the conditions will be much better. (If we have to) we will qualify again; it's no problem." (It seemed like earlier in the week you had a little more speed but then couldn't get the speed back. What happened?): "Well, what happened this morning was we lost the balance of the car. Nothing was right. At the end, we have this good balance again. Every little thing in the car; you have to rely on everything - the gears, the brakes, the wings, the tire pressure, the downforce; every single thing is important. Finally, we have a good, consistent car. For now, we wanted to have a safe car today to qualify." (On bumping former Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier out of the field): "You know, this race is so tough. Indianapolis is so fast. You have to have a good car and good balance. Everybody that's here is a good driver. Even for a super driver that won the race before, it's just pretty tough."

NELSON PHILIPPE (No. 00 i drive green HVM Racing, 33rd): (On the changing weather conditions for qualifying): "Everything was different. Since last Saturday, it's been hard for me to get up to speed. I'm feeling good now, but the track is just not there today. This track can be very moody, and you keep chasing it. But definitely, we feel more comfortable. We're still very conservative with the rear wing angle." (On taking some time to get confidence back after crashing): "Yeah, it takes a while to get back up to speed. I think my biggest problem was I had my crash, then had one week to think about it." (On driving at the Speedway): "It's nothing like you can imagine. I'll be honest: I used to think, 'Well, it doesn't look that complicated.' I got out here, and it's pretty difficult. When you're coming up at a straight wall at 220 miles per hour, it's pretty freaky. But now I'm an oval driver who's crashed, and I look forward to not crashing anymore."

BUDDY LAZIER (No. 91 Hemelgarn Johnson, bumped): "We ran a 219, and then we started slowing down. I think we will be OK tomorrow, but we will have to wait and see. We would have liked to get it in today, of course, but I have a lot of confidence in the team. We have a lot of data, and even today we picked up a lot of data. That data is very important. We are looking forward to going fast tomorrow."

STANTON BARRETT (No. 98 CURB/Agajanian/Team 3G Racing, failed to qualify): "There is more speed in the car, and we just need to work with it and figure out how to get the speed out of it. The car is comfortable, maybe a little too comfortable. The conditions weren't all that great today, but we will be back out (Sunday) and try again. It's supposed to be a better day."

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