Published: Sat, May 18, 2019
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Alonso escapes unscathed from IndyCar crash

Alonso escapes unscathed from IndyCar crash

The coverage of 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 begins on Sunday, May 26, with eight hours of programming; a pre-race show on NBCSN at 9 a.m. ET; race coverage at 11 a.m. ET on NBC; and a post-race show at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Striking with the right-front wheel first, the two-time Formula 1 world champion spun to the infield, struck the wall with the back of the vehicle, and slid across to Turn 4, where he made additional contact with the front of the auto. McLaren partnered with Honda team Andretti Autosport, and Alonso was provided with one of their top cars. "We worked quite a lot on the auto and definitely now it's quite damaged, so I feel sorry for the team and for my mistake". Eastern Time, Alonso crashed in turn two, damaging the No. 66 McLaren entry.

Both cars were being worked on and McLaren was planning to use the Carlin-provided chassis Thursday. There are 36 entrants for the 33 spots in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" and Alonso was 32nd on the speed chart after the first day.

The 37-year-old leapt from the auto immediately and appeared to be uninjured.

"This track can bite you pretty quick", the Swedish driver said.

Chevrolet found an irregularity in the engine it provided Sage Karam and proactively pulled it while Josef Newgarden had the fastest lap of the day to put a Team Penske vehicle on top of both days at Indy.

Alonso was frustrated at the lack of track time on a handsome day in Indianapolis. He is making his second appearance in the Indy 500 in his quest to win motorsports' version of the Triple Crown. Alonso retired with engine failure during his last attempt at the Indy 500 in 2017. He led laps and was a contender until his engine failed, bringing a halt to a almost flawless month for the Spaniard at Indianapolis.

Fernando Alonso has walked away from a high speed crash during practice at the Indianapolis 500.

He said the Indy wreck was not at all similar.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed and a little frustrated we had the issue in the afternoon", de Ferran said. The second is coming or even the third eventually will come, so you need to get ready for all of them.

"I think we need to be a bit better in traffic", said Newgarden, the 2017 series champion.

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