'I don't know what to say' - Tracy
24 May 2010 – Paul Tracy was unsurprisingly downcast after failing to qualify for the Indy 500 on Sunday. Having elected to delete his time and attempt to improve on his previous best, the Canadian KV Racing Technology driver was unable to finish Bump Day Qualifying in at least ninth position and therefore will not start this year's race.
Although Sarah Fisher Racing's Jay Howard committed the same mistake, failing to qualify after setting the quickest time in Sunday morning's practice session, Tracy's demise was the largest shock.
"Obviously I'm a little bit numb right now, disappointed," Paul commented after the session. "We were on-track and we were trying to do it.
"The team did everything they could, I drove the wheels off it and I don't know what to say…the frustrating part for us is that the speed was in the car and at various times of the day - three days ago we were second quickest on the track."
Tracy stresses that the team tried its absolute upmost in attempting to make the grid, which it did with Mario Moraes (13th), E.J. Viso (19th) and Takuma Sato (31st).
"It wasn't for lack of trying," the Scarborough driver continued. "We changed a lot of things on the car; we changed springs, we changed dampers, we changed roll centres, we changed aero - it wasn't like we were sitting on our hands, just waiting to go.
"We felt at the time that we were pretty safe where we were, and it turns out we would still have been in, but it's a team decision; we have worked as a team all week and we made decisions as a team. You win and lose as a team. I've had a lot of wins in my career where we've made calls that were the right calls and here we've made calls that were bad calls."