Indy 500 2012: 24 Drivers Already Qualified For Big Race, 9 Spots Remain

Though Ryan Briscoe won the pole — and did it by a closer margin than anyone in history — 23 other IndyCar drivers clinched their spots in next Sunday's Indianapolis 500, including some of racing's biggest names. Marco Andretti sits at fourth, Helio Castroneves at sixth, Tony Kanaan at eighth and Dario Franchitti is back in 16th. In all 24 drivers qualified on Saturday, leaving nine of the 33 total spots up for grabs on Sunday, better known as Bump Day.

Here's the full list of qualifiers and times, courtesy of IndyCar.com.

Among the drivers jockeying for those final spots in the world's most famous race will be Ed Carpenter, who was cleared to race after his violent Saturday crash, Bryan Clauson and Oriol Servia, who also crashed. Wade Cunningham, an Indy 500 rookie but a three-time winner in the Firestone Freedom 100 — also held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway — also must try to qualify on Bump Day, as will his A.J. Foyt Racing teammate Mike Conway.

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