Rainy practices makes pole favorites hard to find at Indy

"This is like a dream right now", said Howard, whose top speed was recorded on the ninth of his 86 laps.

"Fast Friday" practice is scheduled to run from noon-6 p.m. (ET) and stream live on RaceControl.IndyCar.com.

Fernando Alonso says he has given struggling McLaren until October to persuade him they can provide a winning auto next year or else he will talk to teams that can.

Fernando Alonso, of Spain, drives into turn one during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Friday, May 19, 2017 in Indianapolis. "As a team, I think we did a lot of homework in the off-season for this race, and we tested here twice".

"We tested a couple of different trims and different setup options", said Alonso, whose best lap was a 225.619 miles per hour. So, Alonso left his home race weekend at the track entirely to go play some paddle.

In an article in The Players' Tribune on Thursday, Alonso summarized his experience racing and how it led to his first shot at the Indy 500, detailing the differences between this and F1. "I'm very impressed with his approach".

"I'm eighth fastest on no-tow lap, I'll take it". "I'm lucky enough that I want to race the Indy 500 and the planets move, the stars move and I'm here.And in the future I'm sure that I want to do the 24 Hours of Le Mans and I'm sure I will find a seat there as well". He was later checked and released from the track's medical center and was fifth fastest at 225.445 on a day that saw retired NASCAR great Tony Stewart on pit row.

It's also drawing substantial attention internationally, as IMS and INDYCAR officials expect a spike in television ratings and web traffic as Alonso and 32 other drivers prepare to run for the pole position Saturday and Sunday.

"And that's why on May 28, on the biggest weekend in motor sports, I won't be with my Formula 1 team at the Monaco Grand Prix".

Each driver can make three attempts at qualifying but by starting a new attempt, it automatically forfeits their previous time. I had my first experience with traffic and these have been good learning days for me. 'The engine was not good enough, ' he said.

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