Sebastien Bourdais crashes at Indy, taken off on backboard

That snapped the auto and turned it over, before the vehicle came right side up. "And, yeah, it can be downright scary when your vehicle is not good". Team Penske's Will Power and Helio Castroneves ran 1-2 for Chevrolet on Tuesday, with Power reaching just 224.656mph as teams focused on race trim. The extreme demands of qualifying today, Mears said, are the same as when he was driving back in the early 1990s. "I am happy with the team, but we are not winning".

To make things better, Alonso has 2003 Indy 500 victor Gil de Ferran as his coach and he describes the Spaniard as "one of the best racers" he has ever seen. They're all very supportive of me and keep wishing me good luck.

"It does take your breath away when you see it".

"I'm stressed just talking about it", Hinchcliffe said.

Ed Carpenter continued his impressive practice pace to head the field during the first day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, securing a place in the Fast Nine shootout for pole position.

On Friday, Bourdais was asked about ups-and-downs in his season - he led the points after three races with a win, second and eighth, then has had back-to-back DNFs in the two races since, and has had two engine failures in the last week. He quotes Mears in saying there are two kinds of races for this event, the actual 500 and Pole Day. We're talking about knife edge. He topped the field by completing 117 laps on Tuesday, much of it spent running in tandem with his five Andretti Autosport team-mates in an attempt to learn the behavior of the Dallara-Honda in traffic.

He was injured when the No 18 vehicle wiggled in the second turn, slid up the track and slammed head-on into the second turn wall.

"I think with both manufacturers there's a lot to come", observed Dixon.

"Fernando is one of the best drivers in the world". "The only thing that could have beat it was to go on and win the race". On Thursday, Jay Howard (the 2006 Indy Lights champion with a dozen career Indycar starts making a comeback with Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports) finally upped the ante to 226.744mph.

Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso is missing this year's Monaco Grand Prix - a race he's won twice. "This is an absolute team effort".

Alonso is among the "fast nine" who will dispute pole on Sunday.

The remaining 24 drivers then hit the track again on Sunday to determine who will line up in positions 10th to 33rd on the grid.

The 101 running of the Indianapolis 500 is on Sunday, May 28, and it will be televised live on ABC beginning at 11:00 AM (ET).

  • Julie Sanders