INDIANAPOLIS For the second straight year, there were no surprises, no drama and no drivers getting bumped on Bump Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
All nine drivers who made attempts on the second and final day of Indianapolis 500 qualifications made the 33-car field for next Sunday's race. Leading the way Sunday were young Americans Josef Newgarden and Graham Rahal.
The lone twist might have come if Mexico's Michel Jourdain Jr. made a qualifying attempt. But after failing to top 220 mph in practice, the discouraged Jourdain had his car towed back to Gasoline Alley.
England's Katherine Legge, who was hired Saturday by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, was in line ready to re-qualify when Jourdain's car was towed away. She will start in the 33rd and final spot, the outside of Row 11, after going 223.176 mph.
Newgarden, 22, and Rahal, the 24-year-old son of former Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal, had the two fastest cars Sunday.
Newgarden's chance came after he failed to get a second shot Saturday, when he sat in the qualifying line as the gun sounded at 6 p.m. He had to wait another 18 hours and this time, he left no doubt he belonged. His average speed of 225.731 mph was the day's fastest and would have been good for 21st, the outside of Row 7, if it happened a day earlier. Instead, he'll start 25th, the inside of Row 9.
"I don't want to sound too confident, but I knew we would be fine," Newgarden said. "I think we would have been OK (Saturday) if we would have had another shot at it."
Rahal struggled all week, and not just because he was using a Honda engine. The nine drivers in the first three rows of the 11-row grid are all powered by Chevrolets. The top Honda qualifier was Canadian Alex Tagliani, who will start 11th, the middle of Row 4, after going 227.386 mph.
Rahal, who drives for his father's team, couldn't quite get his car right. But when it mattered, he easily made it in with a speed of 225.007 mph to claim the No. 26 spot, the middle of Row 9.
"I've certainly had better (weeks). I've certainly had some that were more challenging," Rahal said after securing his sixth straight Indy start. "But there have been some mysteries behind a lot of our speed problems. I think the first few days people thought we were being extremely slow, but really, we were just being really conservative."
The Rahals are one of three father-son teams for the race. Buddy Lazier, at 45 the race's oldest competitor, is driving for his father, Bob, and Marco Andretti is driving for his father, Michael. Organizers believe that is a track record, and it's causing quite a stir.
"The Rahal name, it's a nice perk around here," Graham Rahal said before adding fuel to his budding rivalry with the younger Andretti. "I certainly don't get the pressure that an Andretti does, by any means. How many father-son combos have won it? I think one, right? Andretti can't do that, so that would be one more that we'd get on them."
NHRA in Topeka, Kan. Johnny Gray posted his third victory of the season at the Kansas Nationals to regain the Funny Car points lead.
Shawn Langdon won in Top Fuel, and Jeg Coughlin topped the Pro Stock field to break a winless drought of more than two years.