Fernando Alonso to return to Indy car racing
The Spaniard has participated in the Indy Racing recently which has done huge favours to his form. Alonso led 27 laps and likely to win in his first Indy 500 start before his Honda engine let go while he was running seventh with 21 laps remaining. The McLaren Honda Andretti driver was nevertheless quite content with the challenge in Indy and wants to return whenever possible. His priority though remains to win the Formula 1, but if someday there came an opportunity to return, he will not hold it back given how familiar he is now with the restarts, pit stops and everything. He was disappointed not to finish the race as would any good professional driver. He knew that he could have finished at least in the top three had his engine not had issues.
Takuma Sato wins the Indy 500 race
It was a close and narrow win for the #26 Andretti Autosport car as crossed the line 0.2011 sec before Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves in an 11-lap shootout. Sato became the third Indy 500 winner for Andretti Autosport in four years to win the race. Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Will Power was very impressive at the beginning as he smoothly progressed from the ninth position to second behind Scott Dixon. Fernando Alonso was impressive as he ran seventh with 21 laps remaining but unfortunately his engine blew up. It was a cat and mouse race between Sato and Helio as Sato held on for the remaining laps to become the 71st driver to be victorious in Indy 500. Fernando Alonso finished 24th as Andretti, Chaves of debutant team Harding Racing and Carlos Munoz of AJ Foyt’s Racing finished in the top 10.
Scott Dixon escapes massive accident in the Indianapolis 500
It all started when Jay Howard got out of the groove in Turn 1, coming down the track after hitting the outside wall, directly in Scott Dixon’s path. Dixon got launched up Howard’s car and landed on top of the inside SAFER Barrier, also tearing some part of the fence along with the entire rear section of the chassis. Luckily both drivers came out of their vehicle on their own without any help, showing no severe signs of damage done to them. The race was immediately red-flagged due to this event as repairs were made to the fences and barriers. Jay Howard blamed Ryan Hunter-Reay for pushing him up which led to this incident while Scott Dixon was gutted but calm after leaving the infield care centre. It was a big escape for Dixon and his well being given the severity of the accident.