Fernando Alonso after Indy 500 practice crash: 'We will be back stronger'

Doug Boles

Power set a best lap of 229.745 miles per hour to take the honours on the opening day of Indy 500 practice, but knew the times weren't representative as aerodynamic tows played a role in Power's lap.

IndyCar rookie Felix Rosenqvist crashed late in Wednesday's second Indianapolis 500 practice. "No fear. And we will be fast again", Alonso concluded. His entry this year is with McLaren, which is back at Indianapolis for the first time since the 1970s.

Alonso was prepared to develop a baseline set up on his auto on Tuesday; unfortunately, his vehicle, McLaren Chevrolet, got an electronic issue.

Alonso's auto was damaged enough that despite their initial strategy, McLaren has elected to bring in their backup vehicle that was prepared by Carlin.

From Saturday, May 18, NBC, NBC Sports Gold's, NBCSN INDYCAR Pass will combine to provide full coverage of Indy 500 exclusively for INDYCAR Pass subscribers from 11 a.m-5 p.m. ET before shifting to NBCSN AT 5 p.m. ET. I think that shows you that it's not super straightforward to try and get around here even on a practice day.

The real blow for Alonso and his team is if his No. 66 Chevrolet suffered so much damage - and it really doesn't look good - that they'll have to turn to a backup vehicle for the 103rd Indy 500 on Sunday, May 26. Scott Dixon was second-fastest on the day in a Honda.

Alonso was frustrated at the lack of track time on a attractive day in Indianapolis.

Alonso, the retired Formula One champion, is making his second appearance in the Indy 500 in his quest to win motorsports' version of the Triple Crown.

Back in 2017 "Alonso mania" got up to speed in a hurry, qualified fifth on the grid and led 27 laps in the race before his Honda engine blew up on lap 180. Alonso in 2016 was in a spectacular F1 crash in Australia in which his vehicle flipped twice and he wound up sidelined for a race with fractured ribs and a collapsed lung.

The team said it was unlikely they would run again on Wednesday, but there was a small possibility they might get out for a few laps at the end of day if they felt they could get the auto ready without rushing it. "All the accidents feel more or less the same way, here the difference is the speed you hit the wall is very high".

"It was just pure understeer on the vehicle", Alonso said.

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