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Fernando Alonso: Indy 500 qualifying preparations going well

Scott Dixon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis Scott Dixon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis
Frederick Owens | 17 May, 2017, 14:37

Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, prepares drive during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Monday, May 15, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Strategists will plan when to run in qualifying trim, when to run in race trim and how weather could affect next week's two qualification rounds and the May 28 race.

"Then to use the performance of your vehicle in which moment of the race [and] why. So, it is information I will sleep on and be a better oval driver tomorrow".

"But later in the garage, lunchtime, we were talking for more than one hour and a half, so we went through many, many things, from Formula One to talk about the tyres here, how they perform, to talk about the tyres in Formula One".

Power, victor of Saturday's INDYCAR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, put his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet at the front of the time sheet with a mid-afternoon lap of 224.656 miles per hour on the 2.5-mile oval.

Gabby Chaves grabbed third in the final 10 minutes in his Harding Racing Chevrolet at 223.991mph, 19th overall, with Ryan Hunter-Reay the top Honda runner in fourth at 223.960mph for Andretti Autosport.

CHICAGO Fernando Alonso shrugged off searing temperatures to post the fastest rookie time during practice for the Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday.

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He lead a Spanish one-two, with compatriot Oriol Servia finishing the session in second place in the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda, his best being a 220.759mph lap.

Formula One's double world champion Fernando Alonso is optimistic he will be ready for the challenge of the Indianapolis 500 after completing 117 laps at the Brickyard on Tuesday.

"Everything went very smooth", Alonso said. We have six cars and we were running together so my team-mates were wonderful in helping me.

"We did not put everything together because it's not time to".

"It felt okay and as I expected", Alonso added. "No big issues, no dramas, so a very, very positive day". The Spaniard, who is ditching the No.14 for No.29 for the next two weeks, completed 36 laps on the oval, setting a best average speed of 221.635mp/h - a 40.607s lap of the circuit. The first session is set aside for rookies and entrants returning after a significant absence from the vent.

"It's been a pretty challenging day for what was meant to be an easy process", Harvey said.

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