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In wide-open Indy 500 field, all eyes on newcomer

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 27, 2017 5:06 am

In wide-open Indy 500 field, all eyes on newcomer
Two-time Formula One champ Fernando Alonso emerges as top contender.

INDIANAPOLIS — One of IndyCar’s all-time greats will lead the field to green at the Indianapolis 500.

All eyes, though, will be one row behind Scott Dixon as Fernando Alonso makes his debut in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Alonso has never raced on an oval before, never raced an Indy car and hasn’t done a rolling start in 20 years – and that was in a go-kart.

So, yeah, Alonso lingered long after all the other competitors in the final driver meeting before Sunday’s race. The two-time Formula One champion peppered race director Brian Barnhart with questions for a solid 15 minutes before riding off through Gasoline Alley on his skateboard .

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Re: In wide-open Indy 500 field, all eyes on newcomer

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon May 29, 2017 5:01 am

Biggest Race Weekend of the Year

Memorial weekend typically is a busy time for racing at every level; local, regional, national, and international. Where do you start? Let’s start with Indy 500.

The 101st running of the Indy 500 certainly had its share of drama with the crash of Scott Dixon and Jay Howard on lap 52 in turn two. The accident had several parts that had they gone differently the outcome would have been tragic.

Dixon had nowhere to go when Howard hit the wall and spun down in front of the Chip Ganassi team driver. Dixon was launched high into the air off the rear tire of Howard.


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Re: In wide-open Indy 500 field, all eyes on newcomer

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon May 29, 2017 5:03 am

See all the highlights from the 2017 Indy 500
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Re: In wide-open Indy 500 field, all eyes on newcomer

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon May 29, 2017 5:14 am

Sato wins Indy 500
Takuma Sato gives owner Michael Andretti his second consecutive victory in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

...Takuma Sato won the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday afternoon.

It is the first time the 40-year-old Japanese driver has won the race. He started in the fourth position. Helio Castroneves finished the Indy 500 in second and Ed Jones came in third.

New Zealander Scott Dixon clocked the fastest qualifying time in 21 years to win the pole position. He was knocked out of the race after a scary crash with Jay Howard in the 53rd lap of the race. Dixon's car was torn in two but both drivers were able to walk away from the incident.

Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso decided to skip this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix and made his Indianapolis 500 debut. Alonso started fifth and led for stretches of the race, but exited with 21 laps to go when his engine gave out. He finished 24th.

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