Castroneves fastest on Carb Day leading into Indy 500

Not enough people are talking about Ryan Hunter-Reay and JR Hildebrand.

It's going to be a tough battle though, as the likes of three-time Indy 500 victor Helio Castroneves, 42, 2012 champ and IndyCar Series victor Ryan Hunter-Reay, 36, as well as famed vets like Juan Pablo Montoya, 43, Marco Andretti, 30, and Tony Kanaan, 42, are all in the hunt to take the checkered flag.

The two-time F1 champion has managed just two finishes from five races so far this season thanks to a serious lack of power and reliability from the Honda power unit. "I mean, look how many chances I had, not just me, but good drivers, led races". Although reliability on the Honda engines has been spotty - James Hinchcliffe had a failure during Friday's practice - the speed is there and Honda won past year with Alexander Rossi, a rookie who coasted across the finish line on fumes. "We found a vehicle that was good in traffic, fast on its own".

But, Formula One champion Fernando Alonso chose to bypass the Monaco Grand Prix to race at Indianapolis.

After that, it was straight downtown for the Indy parade and later in the evening a quick pit stop at the Andretti Autosport Gala.

Harvey, too, was reminded of the risks with a crash in practice and is conservative in his targets, aiming to take the best rookie spot (a task that would require him to finish higher than Alonso at the very least) but he knows that being in the mix is all important. "The vehicle felt the best so far in the last two weeks, so extremely happy with the auto".

The practice featured two minor incidents. Forget Alonso. This race didn't need Alonso.

James Hinchcliffe's No. 5 vehicle experienced engine failure during final practice that forced his Schmidt Petersen Motorsports team to replace the Honda engine for Sunday's race. Neither driver was injured.

"You see a lot of guys can maybe get one break in IndyCar, do a few races, but it's very hard to stay here and work your way all the way up to being a consistent driver", said Spencer Pigot, the 2015 Indy Lights champion who made his IndyCar debut past year.

Rossi, not really one for superstition or ritual, does have a good luck charm when it comes to the Indy 500. Both ESPN and BT Sport will have live coverage from 4.30pm BST on Sunday 28 May, with the race kicking offer properly from 5.19pm BST. It was the 18-year-old Brazilian's first series victory. "This is a pretty unique race in the sense that it's nearly impossible to predict how it's going to go and how you need to approach it from a strategy standpoint", he said.

"As far as a legacy plan", Cindric said, "I'm confident that will arrive at the right time". "It is very different to how it was before with only one engine maker". "We keep working, digging, obviously finding a way".

Ten crews competed in the contest.

Everyone on Team Penske knows - this week, Indianapolis is the only thing that matters.

The competition featured the best-of-three final for the first time.

IMS speedway executives, including President Tony Hulman, didn't want to deviate from his traditional pre-race command of "Gentlemen, start your engines" which started at the Indianapolis 500.

The documentary, which is now untitled and scheduled for release in 2018, will focus on Dixon's dedication, success and will to defy personal limitations in his racing career.

"It is what it is", Dixon said.

"To see his name near the top of the all-time winners' list is a testament to the man", team owner Chip Ganassi at today's announcement said.

"I want to make something clear".

Filming will take place at the Indianapolis 500 and other Verizon IndyCar Series events, as well as with CGR's successful sports auto program, of which Dixon is a part at endurance races including the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans.

"I feel ready", declared Alonso. "I love seeing big A.J. with the grandkids".

He has already won Monaco with the Le Mans 24 Hours making up the triple-header.

"I will try to compensate with the speed, with motivation and we will see what happens".

"It's probably going to be the coolest view in motorsports. We'll hit the reset button this month and then we'll get back after it".

"McLaren", the incredible true story of motorsports legend and engineering visionary Bruce McLaren, will make its US premiere in a special screening for motorsports VIPs tonight at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. "I'm not coming for a "week off" or to just have fun _ I am a racer, I am coming to race", Alonso wrote in an article on the Players' Tribune website last week.

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