Engine boost issue cost Alonso shot at Indy 500 pole
- Author: Julie Sanders May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 1:48
What he almost wound up eating was a lead bullet, as he, his wife Emma Davies-Dixon, and former IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti, 44, were stuck up at a Taco Bell in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 21, according to Fox 59. They face charges of robbery and resisting arrest.
However, Dixon and former IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti were later robbed at gunpoint when they went out for a late night snack, according to police. While they're ordering with the windows down, two guys approach them at gunpoint and put a gun on Dixon's head and ask him for his wallet and his phone. "You don't expect that to happen, especially here". The two teens allegedly stole some credit cards in addition to Davies-Dixon's wallet and identification card. "They were guys from all six (Andretti) teams working on vehicle (No.) 29 just to make it possible, so thanks to all that teamwork, I was able to go for qualifying".
"Qualifying is always a little bit of stress", Alonso said.
Dixon's team owner, Chip Ganassi, issued a statement to say that the drivers were fine, and they'd allow Scott's full attention to be on preparing for Sunday's 101st Indy 500.
"I think the hardest part of the week leading up to the 500 is you're basically trying to predict things", Dixon said.
With qualifying decided by the average speed over four laps, that cost Alonso not just on lap one, but also lap two.
It's the first time in this season's six races that a Penske driver didn't win the pole.
"I went one gear down and started again picking up the speed".
That was Dixon's lone Indy 500 win in 2008, but this is his third time on the pole, the other in 2015. Franchitti, a three-time 500 victor who was married to actress Ashley Judd from 2001-13, retired from racing after a crash in 2013.
"We're all very relieved to hear that everyone is safe and that the suspects were caught", Taco Bell Corp. spokesman Rob Poetsch said in an email. He retired following a crash at the 2013 IndyCar race in Houston, suffering a broken back and right ankle and a concussion.