Indy 500 After Bump Day, comes Bump Day, ‘just business’ says Hunter-Reay

I feel kind of sorry for Ryan Hunter Reay. The weather and setup troubles saw him out of the 2011 Indy 500 starting lineup. With no time for a final attempt at bumping his way in, he stayed out and by the end of Bump Day, was having to cope with the reality of failing to qualify his car.

I say ‘failing to qualify his car’ because in the world of the Indy 500 it’s the car, not the driver, that qualifies. Why? I have no idea.

So what did Ryan’s enterprising sponsors and Andretti team do? They looked up and down pit road to find a ride for Ryan to buy into. They found one, with AJ Foyt driver Bruno Junqueira being told to move aside as he did a few years back. It’s not new, it’s not particularly clever (the car drops from 19th spot to the back of the grid), and it’s NOT going down too well in the world of Twitter.

Hunter Reay himself is at pains to point out that it’s a “110% team / business decision”. Doesn’t sound like good business, good business would be putting the sponsor logos on the Foyt car and letting Bruno drive from 19th, with Hunter Reay on the pitwall basking in the admiration of the TV crews.

So, if you want to make your opinion known, apparently all you can do is boycott DHL International and Sun Drop citrus soda. Not too tricky for me as I don’t use either.

But don’t take it out on Ryan, he’s just doin’ his job.

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