Hinchcliffe not expecting to run in Indianapolis 500

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

(AP) -- James Hinchcliffe watched the final day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying in street clothes, refusing to lobby for someone to give him their ride for "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

Hinchcliffe was bumped from the field of 33 in the first round of qualifying, and spent Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a spectator. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, one of IndyCar's anchor teams, wants the popular Canadian driver in the race, but Hinchcliffe acknowledged it is unlikely he will be part of the event.

"At this point, I believe I won't," he said. "I know there's precedent for doing that, but at the end of the day, every single driver in this race earned their way in and it's hard to knock someone out of that."

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RankDriverPointsWins
1 J.Newgarden 178 2
2 A.Rossi 176 1
3 S.Bourdais 152 1
4 S.Dixon 147 0
5 J.Hinchcliffe 144 0
6 G.Rahal 142 0
7 W.Power 135 1
8 R.Wickens 133 0
9 R.Hunter-Reay 125 0
10 M.Andretti 105 0
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