IndyCar braces for change, promotes younger drivers

Will Power, of Australia, drives through the first turn during the final practice session for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Friday, May 26, 2017 in Indianapolis.

With no clear favorite, questions about Honda's reliability, Penske's power and Alonso's lack of experience in this race, there could be a surprise victor in a race Roger Penske believes could be even more exciting than last year's historic 100th running.

From the world of sport, tennis star Serena Williams and record-breaking ski champion Lindsey Vonn mingled with drivers shortly before the race. I'm lucky enough to do Indianapolis 500s, IndyCar races, going to Le Mans.

"We keep working, digging, obviously finding a way", Castroneves said. You come here as a driver with a very successful team and thinking "hey, am I going to be one of those guys that never get the opportunity to win" as we've seen with a lot of great drivers.

The Indy 500 is different, however, with drivers running around the rectangular Indy track in the opposite direction (counterclockwise, whereas Formula One runs clockwise).

"Notwithstanding that, Fernando has no idea of what he's getting into".

But Dubai-born Ed Jones, 22, who like Alonso, is making his debut in the event, said it is great for the IndyCar Series to have the Spaniard taking time away from F1 for one weekend to compete with Andretti Autosport.

"They are indescribable. It's like being in a tornado". What do you do?

Blaney went from last to first to earn his fifth career Xfinity race win. Alonso has admitted as much, remarking in a video broadcast at the Indiana Dairy Association luncheon on Tuesday that he has enjoyed his Indianapolis experience greatly.

Alonso has the chance to show he really is a motorsport great at the Indy 500.

Dixon, from New Zealand, had a four-lap average of 232.164 miles per hour in the No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda to earn his third Indianapolis 500 pole.

"Watching him, listening to him and speaking to him, you understand how serious he is about this", Goodyear said.

"His team Andretti put a objective on being good at the Indy 500 and I think he's arrived here driving for the best team". "I'm very passionate about racing, I love driving cars, I love racing and I love racing with the best team in the world". While displaying spotty form away from Indy during his career, Marco has always been fast at the Speedway, almost winning on debut back in 2006. Penske told him he first had to win a series championship and an Indianapolis 500 and then they would talk. Moving through karting and single-seaters, he raced and beat the current Formula One driver Carlos Sainz Jr in three different categories before the money ran out in his endeavours to reach F1.

"It just makes sense that Formula 1 would want to race here, given the history of the track", he said.

Americans Josef Newgarden and defending Indy 500 victor Alexander Rossi as well as popular Canadian James Hinchcliffe are part of the push.

Former IndyCar standout Scott Goodyear has been the expert analyst on ESPN's coverage of the IndyCar Series since 2002.

Stock car's governing body added a layer of traction compound called JP1 to the top groove of CMS this week in an effort to promote more passing at the Coca-Cola 600 coming up on Sunday. He also has finished runner-up twice, including in the 2014 race.

"I'm just happy it didn't happen 20 minutes later because that would have been Lap 5 of the 500", Hinchcliffe said.

Karam, meanwhile, has crashed in his last two Indy 500 tries.

  • Julie Sanders