Fernando Alonso will start his inaugural Indianapolis 500 from the second row of the grid after qualifying fifth.
The Spaniard set an average speed of 231.300mph on his four-lap qualifying run which was good enough for provisional pole for a time but ultimately Alonso had to settle for fifth as Scott Dixon claimed pole-position.
The New Zealander set the quickest Indy 500 pole time since 1996 with an average speed of 232.164mph at the Brickyard.
However, Alonso, admitted that he thought he could’ve gone even quicker than fifth if it wasn’t for an overboost problem with his car but nevertheless it’s an impressive achievement considering he hadn’t driven in IndyCar until this month.
Before qualifying, the McLaren F1 driver had to have the Honda engine in his car changed as a precaution, something the Spaniard will be all to familiar with from F1.
The race itself is on Sunday the 28th of May, the same day as the Monaco Grand Prix, with Alonso hoping to win the Indianapolis 500 at the first attempt, a feat which was achieved last year when former F1 driver Alexander Rossi won.
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