Surprised Alonso gears up for rookie Indy race

Surprised Alonso gears up for rookie Indy race

Surprised Alonso gears up for rookie Indy race

But it's one of Indy's post-race traditions that Alonso most wants to experience: Drinking from a bottle of milk as the victor in Victory Lane.

"I haven't really thought about where I hope to finish", said the Briton, who resides in Monaco.

At those high speeds, one mistake could spell disaster.

McLaren executive director Zak Brown says the time has come for Formula 1 to consider a return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The push then to become the first driver with five would be too great a challenge to give up. We would rather investigate a tip that turns out to be false than have a visitor dismiss something unusual and say nothing. So it's a fast auto, it's a good machine, I've worked with some of his mechanics in the past.

"While they were ordering with their windows down two guys approached at gun point, they held a gun at Dixon's head and asked him for his wallet and his phone", Kanaan told The Indianapolis Star. He's going to be in the hunt.

"I know this is a race that everyone has a chance to win; this is an unpredictable race", he said. He's starting second row here - that's not for luck, he earned that, and I think he was a candidate for pole. It would be great to have him continue to come back, amongst others. "I'm not coming for a "week off" or to just have fun - I am a racer, I am coming to race", Alonso wrote in an article on the Players' Tribune website last week. "Personally, I'd like to see it happen".

Hinchcliffe also wants to win Sunday, but knows Alonso brings an additional dynamic to the table that is kind of a mixed blessing.

"It stays in the back of my mind but it's been nearly two years now since the situation happened", Karam said. "Obviously, it would be a tremendous amount of coverage for IndyCar and the Indianapolis 500, but if a rookie comes in and wins it on pace, it just makes us look a bit silly".

Other drivers who raced in Formula One and won the Indy 500 include Jim Clark, Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jacques Villeneuve and Eddie Cheever. It actually gets really good in traffic. But he thinks hes done everything possible to prepare for the race, and even spent time Thursday on a simulator. It's been very impressive, honestly.

"It's a lovely experience for me to drive these cars". He feels very welcomed by the IndyCar club. He's been an awesome addition to the field.

After spending three days in a Formula One vehicle competing at the Spanish Grand Prix, the two-time F1 champion flew to Indianapolis the evening after the race to take on a new challenge.

As a thick crowd of global reporters pushed toward the seat Alonso was expected to take during Thursdays media day, driver Oriol Servia approached and jokingly asked if they were waiting for him.

Power is a former IndyCar series champion, taking the title in 2014. "Enjoy the moment - that's the target". It has been a whirlwind year, complete with a change in career plans. "I get that and understand that now". And my engineer had never run ovals, either. I would have dreamed of having that experience in my first time.

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