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Alonso, Rosenqvist crash on second day of Indy 500 practice

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Thursday 16th May, 2019 - 10:07am

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Fernando Alonso’s damaged McLaren Racing Chevrolet

Another extremely busy practice day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway saw 3,219 laps completed and included crashes for two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso and high-profile rookie Felix Rosenqvist.

Alonso understeered into the wall in Turn 3 and damaged all four corners of his #66 McLaren Honda about 90 minutes into the seven-hour Wednesday session, while Rosenqvist’s Ganassi Racing Honda sustained considerably more damage after a heavy shunt near the end of the day.

It was the second day in a row that Alonso failed to complete his planned program. His Tuesday practice was cut short by an electrical problem.

“It was understeer on the car, and even if I lifted the throttle on the entry of the corner, it was not enough,” Alonso stated.

“I lost completely the front aero.

“The wall came too close and too quickly.

“Unfortunately, it happened today and we will lose a little bit of running time again.

“I’m sorry for the team, but we will learn and hopefully we will come back stronger tomorrow.”

Rosenqvist appeared to take a low line through Turn 2 and his car completed a full spin before smacking the wall at the exit of the corner.

Both drivers were checked and released from the trackside medical centre.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden turned the fastest lap of the day at 368.328 kph, in his Chevrolet, just edging the Ganassi Honda of Scott Dixon at 368.271 km/h.

“It honestly doesn’t mean anything,” Newgarden commented.

“We put up a good number, but I don’t think that tells you much.

“We’re happy enough with the start and we’re just dialing it in.

“We’re trying to get our checklist all checked off and hopefully we’ll be good for next Sunday (the May 26 race).

“The cars are difficult to drive when you get deep in the pack.

“If you get in a 15-car pack, you’re going to need to be able to drive back to the front.

“You’ve got to have a car that can move forward.”

Newgarden said he was not surprised by the pair of Wednesday crashes.

“I think that tells you people are fighting both ends of the car,” he remarked.

“If you get too close to someone or make one wrong move, these things will bite you in a hurry.

“You’ve got to respect this place and you’ve got to respect the car. That’s Indianapolis.

“If you’ve been around here and you’ve never hit the wall, I think eventually you will.

“That’s not a bad thing – that’s the way this place works.

“As soon as you feel like you’ve got it under control, it normally bites you. It shows the difficulty of this place.

“These cars are not easy to drive. They’re really on the edge.

“You saw that last year in the race, and I think you’ll see it again this year in the race.”

Alexander Rossi (#27 Andretti Autosport Honda), the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner, clocked the fastest “no tow” lap with a speed of 361.555 km/h.

Will Power (#12 Team Penske Chevrolet) narrowly missed being swept into Rosenqvist’s accident and was 21st on the speed charts at 364.712 km/h

James Davison was four spots behind Power, reaching 363.833 km/h in his Belardi Autosport Honda.

Results: Practice: Day 2

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Time Ave speed Laps
mph kmh
1 2 Newgarden, Josef D/C/F 0:39.326 228.856 366.170 82
2 9 Dixon, Scott D/H/F 0:39.330 228.835 366.136 109
3 21 Pigot, Spencer D/C/F 0:39.360 228.658 365.853 108
4 19 Ferrucci, Santino (R) D/H/F 0:39.377 228.561 365.698 90
5 3 Castroneves, Helio D/C/F 0:39.398 228.441 365.506 68
6 18 Bourdais, Sebastien D/H/F 0:39.427 228.271 365.234 104
7 26 Veach, Zach D/H/F 0:39.464 228.057 364.891 107
8 23 Kimball, Charlie D/C/F 0:39.565 227.472 363.955 94
9 63 Jones, Ed D/C/F 0:39.595 227.304 363.686 91
10 20 Carpenter, Ed D/C/F 0:39.614 227.192 363.507 90
11 32 Kaiser, Kyle D/C/F 0:39.634 227.079 363.326 79
12 4 Leist, Matheus D/C/F 0:39.641 227.038 363.261 85
13 98 Andretti, Marco D/H/F 0:39.641 227.037 363.259 80
14 15 Rahal, Graham D/H/F 0:39.646 227.008 363.213 100
15 22 Pagenaud, Simon D/C/F 0:39.677 226.831 362.930 85
16 10 Rosenqvist, Felix (R) D/H/F 0:39.685 226.787 362.859 95
17 30 Sato, Takuma D/H/F 0:39.689 226.765 362.824 120
18 25 Daly, Conor D/H/F 0:39.703 226.683 362.693 112
19 77 Servia, Oriol D/H/F 0:39.703 226.683 362.693 88
20 48 Hildebrand, JR D/C/F 0:39.710 226.646 362.634 86
21 12 Power, Will D/C/F 0:39.716 226.609 362.574 97
22 31 O’Ward, Patricio (R) D/C/F 0:39.746 226.441 362.306 70
23 60 Harvey, Jack D/H/F 0:39.754 226.395 362.232 58
24 14 Kanaan, Tony D/C/F 0:39.759 226.364 362.182 63
25 33 Davison, James D/H/F 0:39.812 226.063 361.701 106
26 24 Karam, Sage D/C/F 0:39.849 225.851 361.362 37
27 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan D/H/F 0:39.877 225.696 361.114 99
28 7 Ericsson, Marcus(R) D/H/F 0:39.879 225.685 361.096 111
29 66 Alonso, Fernando D/C/F 0:39.923 225.433 360.693 46
30 59 Chilton, Max D/C/F 0:39.924 225.43 360.688 114
31 42 King, Jordan (R) D/H/F 0:39.948 225.291 360.466 132
32 5 Hinchcliffe, James D/H/F 0:39.954 225.259 360.414 112
33 88 Herta, Colton (R) D/H/F 0:40.053 224.704 359.526 111
34 27 Rossi, Alexander D/H/F 0:40.063 224.648 359.437 46
35 39 Mann, Pippa D/C/F 0:40.098 224.448 359.117 54
36 81 Hanley, Ben (R) D/C/F 0:40.114 224.361 358.978 90

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