IndyCar 500: Drivers Dixon, Franchitti robbed at gunpoint

Fernando Alonso's deal with the vengeful gods of speed and grace may be up.

Spaniard Alonso, a two-time F1 champion who will skip next week's Monaco Grand Prix to seek a checkered flag as an IndyCar rookie, settled for fifth at 231.300 and will open in the middle of the second row.

"Today, the vehicle performed better than yesterday and we were very, very competitive, so probably we were very close to pole position today". But only one of the five Penske cars qualified for the Fast Nine Shootout on pole day, and Will Power ended up the slowest qualifier of the group.

"We've got to be happy with this".

In a statement, Chip Ganassi Racing said Dixon and Franchitti would refrain from making comments so Scott could focus on the upcoming Indianapolis 500. And maybe this will be the start of a new journey for me as well.

The drivers cooperated with the young suspects to keep from getting hurt. "The emotions you get here are insane". I hope he doesn't learn that, but he is on the tightest of tight ropes with Indianapolis.

Longtime competitors in Indy cars, Dixon and Bourdais are also teammates in Chip Ganassi Racing's Ford GT sports-car program.

Alonso hasn't put a foot wrong so far - but how might he fare next weekend?

"I heard the crowd when Scott was running, and when I saw his time, I knew it would be tough to beat", Carpenter said.

"The atmosphere is incredible at Indianapolis", says Franchitti, champion in 2007, 2010 and 2012. So I enjoy that part of it. "It's all the build-up to it, all the practice runs you do that the fans never see, that makes the whole process so stressful".

Dixon will start on point for the third-fastest field in Indy 500 history, with a 228.400 miles per hour average.

"They said Emma was in there and she was in the auto". Whether or not they were the two alleged armed robbers is unknown.

Formula One star Fernando Alonso is also in action in his first Indy 500 race.

"Indy is a unusual beast", Villeneuve says. Other short odds to win are Juab Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan, who each have 8/1 odds to win.

"He's probably with the best team to come as a one off, basically".

"So they went to a fast food". You're constantly just trying to feel how the auto is, see where you can place it, see if you can improve the next lap. "Now obviously I can make fun of them big time". "I am coming to race", he says.

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