Full field assured for 97th Indy 500

By Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

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American Josef Newgarden averaged 225.731 mph in Bump Day qualifying Sunday. (USATSI)

Next Sunday's Indianapolis 500 will have a full 33-car field.

British driver Katherine Legge assured organizers of a full field when she became the 33rd driver to qualify, the Associated Press reported. Her four-lap average of 223.176 mph was the slowest among Sunday's qualifiers, meaning she still could be bumped out.

Americans Josef Newgarden (225.731 mph) and Graham Rahal (225.007) were the fastest second-day qualifiers, according to the AP.

“We went out there [in practice] this morning and the car right away was back up into the 226s, so I just knew that the car had plenty of speed in it,” Rahal told the NBC Sports Network. “We just needed to get four laps in and move on.”

Saturday, Ed Carpenter won the pole by averaging 228.762 mph, becoming the first Indiana native to win the position since 1957.

 
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