Surprised Alonso gears up for rookie Indy race

Posted May 25, 2017

Kiwi motorsport ace Scott Dixon will start the Indy 500 on pole.

Instead, he got the scare of his life.

Neither was injured and two boys, ages 15 and 14, were arrested a short time later.

The race endures. The track itself has gone through many renovations and the vehicles that compete in the race have truly changed so much that no one who was in Indianapolis in 1911 could have possibly imagined it. Police did not immediately disclose what was taken from the two drivers and Dixon's wife, Emma.

Kimball explained that his success is down to a simple love of the race track, and that the surrounding team may be the most vital component to ending the day in victory lane.

Somehow, team co-owner Bryan Herta helped the rookie compose himself.

It's been a busy few weeks for Fernando Alonso.

"Big time", he said. But when you get in a pack, [it's about] how to position your vehicle, and some of that comes from experience.

American Graham Rahal is now sponsored by Steak 'n Shake and has previously been sponsored by McDonald's.

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The first time his crew struggled with the fuel probe, Rossi dropped from 10th to 22nd.

The British driver is racing for Andretti Auto Sport with Michael Shank racing, in his very first Indy 500.

Davison, who has two previous Indy 500 starts, ran 88 laps with a best speed of 223.670 miles per hour.

"Passing the legacy of drivers like A.J. Foyt, Louis Meyer and Rick Mears on to the next generation is extremely important; being able to be involved in the process has been phenomenal", said Workman.

- When people think of Charlotte, they think of NASCAR. "For Scott, I'm sure it's a little bit of normalcy to get away from all the emotions of Pole Day".

Dixon declined to comment Monday.

The juggernaut swept into NY early in the week, with Alonso's Tuesday being a 10-stop tour of the Big Apple's media giants, starting at 7 a.m. with wheat toast and a cappuccino before leaving a little boutique hotel on Manhattan's west side and culminating in a private jet back to Indy that landed at 10 p.m.

If Liberty Media are looking to expand in North America, they could do worse than finding a way of attracting the Indy 500 victor to race in a grand prix.

Unser has no doubt that Alonso has the potential to win the race, describing him as "here to win".

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He handed over a wallet as close friend and former IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti watched on.

When asked if he would like to go the other way and take part in an F1 race, the 30-year-old Canadian starts off with an assured response before reality tempers his enthusiasm.

Cheever said this is likely a one-and-done appearance by Alonso.

"Taking the opportunity to overtake and to pass will be a hard decision to make", he said.

Karam, who once said he wanted to bring Taylor Swift as an Indy 500 date, left a blank space below the logo for the year he says he'll win Indy.

The 35-year-old native of Spain is a hit, and it's fair to say his global acclaim as one of the best and most popular drivers in the world has played a large part in the rabid fandom we've seen at Indy. He also is a friend of longtime teammate Franchitti, a Scot who was forced to retire after a serious crash late in the 2013 season at Houston.

"I raced here past year in Indy Lights, so I came in with a bit of prior experience around the track but it's obviously a lot more extreme when you're going faster and it's a place you've got to treat with so much respect, because you can end up paying a big price for a small mistake".

Saturday qualifying was delayed for five hours by heavy rain, but when the action eventually got underway, Jones belied his comparative lack of experience and unfavourable early slot in the running order to lap tenth-quickest, missing out on the "Fast Nine" shoot-out by the slender margin of just 0.141s as he featured up towards the sharp end throughout. "So we sent out a letter and we sent it to people that would be interested", said race fan and sponsor Ann Bolin.

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