Alomania takes centre stage at Indianapolis 500

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Four-time 500 champ Rick Mears celebrated his first victory, in 1979, at Wendy's.

The Taco Bell outlet was close to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Dixon volunteered to do a group run for food.

Franchitti is a three-time Indianapolis 500 victor who retired following a massive crash at the 2013 IndyCar race in Houston. I think it's a good story.

"I think clearly he's getting the most awareness right now. I think it's been good in the fact that we kind of had a new toy so it refocused a lot of people within the team, and created a lot of new directions which we needed a fresh start", said Dixon. Pole sitter Scott Dixon of the Chip Ganassi Racing team averaged 232.164 miles per hour (373.631 kph). In contrast, Chilton believes his arrival is great for the sport, for the drivers and for Alonso himself, yet it might actually spell bad news for Formula One. It was a point I put to driver coach Rob Wilson in a (soon-to-be-released) Royal Automobile Club Talk Show yesterday thinking he'd go on to extol the virtues of the two-time world champion's driving skills.

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Alexander Rossi, the Californian who won last year's race as a rookie, briefly had driven in Formula One as well.

Alonso said being the betting favourite is "probably not" a fair expectation, and noted that the last time he did a rolling start was in a 1997 go-kart race.

Fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway were treated to a thrilling dress rehearsal for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil with Monday's practice on the 2.5-mile oval. "But Ed and I hit on just the right combination and we were able to get the most out of the auto".

"I think it was a shock to everyone because it wasn't really in the pipeline", Chilton tells The Independent.

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Alonso's rapid progress and commitment since announcing he was racing last month has drawn widespread praise from his team, IndyCar fans, rival drivers and former champions.

"It's awesome, I'm jealous", he says. Back in those days if you had a fast auto, you could trim it and break away from the pack but that is totally different now.

"Maybe some of the fame whores, I don't know", said Dixon, a four-time IndyCar champion. "And if you believe that if you park in the front yard of a friend or at a relatives house and your vehicle will be safer and they would assume liability if something happens to it, that is just not true".

But does he think his unexpected Kentucky Derby luck could carry over to an Indy 500 win from his No. 17 starting spot? But the most important thing is the race.

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Fernando Alonso will skip Formula 1's most prestigious event in an effort to take home the Borg-Warner Trophy. He has said he will decide on his future after F1's summer break in August but his chances of landing at a top team appear to be limited. Veach may hail from the southern OH farmland, and Harvey may have got his racing start in Europe, but both 2017 rookies admitted to being in awe of the famed Brickyard - the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway - and the excitement that goes along with competing in the world's biggest auto race.

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