God bless America and God bless Bump Day too. There are some very prominent individuals within the NTT IndyCar Series paddock that would have you believe that guaranteed entries are vital for the continued success of the discipline. Maybe they are right. Time may tell. All I know is that guaranteed spots for full-time teams would have taken away much of what made Saturday qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 such a wonderfully dramatic experience. Sure, Fernando Alonso’s McLaren effort would not be protected under such a provision, nor would it have affected the Last Row Shootout relegation of Kyle Kaiser, Pato O’Ward or Sage Karam; but it certainly would have protected James Hinchcliffe and Max Chilton. But a deeper dive into the proceedings reveal that there were moments during the afternoon where it was possible that Chip Ganassi Racing’s full-time wunderkind Felix Rosenqvist was at risk of falling into the Last Chance Shootout. Even Graham Rahal, who withdrew his 26th-place time in the closing minutes, could have found himself bumped if something had gone wrong in the moments before the gun went off signifying the end of the session. It was dramatic, exhilarating and a spectacle. You could even say… Read full this story
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