Alonso uninjured after crash during Indy 500 practice

Alonso uninjured after crash during Indy 500 practice

McLaren's highly anticipated return to the Indianapolis 500 got off to a brutal start Wednesday following Fernando Alonso's crash on the second day of practice.

"It's kind of hard to judge the true speeds of cars right now by themselves". "Then, focus on what you can do in the race. We don't know where we stack up, honestly, as far as true speed".

Before the crash, Alonso had recorded 46 laps, with a best of 225.433 miles per hour.

Josef Newgarden continued Team Penske's strong build-up by setting a 228.856mph in his Shell-liveried vehicle, but it wasn't a ideal day.

"But I have to say I have a bit lucky enough, this hit was just a brush and it was not a big deceleration, it was just a continuation". We're still trying to figure out exactly what we need on the race auto. We didn't really do much qualifying sims or anything like that. I think that shows you that it's not super straightforward to try and get around here even on a practice day.

"I'm friends with Michael and I went to him and said, 'I want Colton in my auto, '" said Harding, who also negotiated a deal for a second vehicle for rookie Patricio O'Ward to drive the No. 8 as a nod to Earnhardt's earlier career auto number.

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"I am always positive".

Things aren't looking good for Spanish racer Fernando Alonso as he prepares for his second attempt at the Indianapolis 500.

Alonso was following Graham Rahal around Indianapolis Motor Speedway early in Wednesday's session when he hit the inside wall as he exited the third turn. The wall came too close and too quickly. Unfortunately, it happened today, and we will lose a little bit of running time again.

"We worked quite a lot on the vehicle and definitely now it's quite damaged, so I feel sorry for the team and for my mistake, hopefully tomorrow we're back on track and back stronger". I'm sorry for the team and the guys that have to work a lot now.

Rosenqvist will also race a replacement chassis in the race after making contact at Turn 2. "I feel like any conversations and things about the future are pretty irrelevant and very distracting for the goal of what we're trying to accomplish, and that's to win a championship and to try and get some redemption on what we felt we kind of gave away past year".

"A shame, but that's how it is".

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