Charlotte and the Indianapolis 500 connection

Joanna Estrada
May 28, 2017

The Indy 500 rookies appeared at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the rookie luncheon on May 23, hosted by the American Dairy Association. "I've always said I am a professional race vehicle driver and not always have raced where I wanted to race". The wakeup call is never fun but let's face it, what other day of the year are you waking up around 5 or 6 have that much fun?

Chip Ganassi Racing's Max Chilton finished on top of the speed chart today with a lap of 228.592 miles per hour in the No. 8 Gallagher Honda.

"I think it makes sense for Formula One to be at the world's greatest racetrack", said Brown, who is also considering a return of McLaren to IndyCar racing in some shape or form. "And if you believe that if you park in the front yard of a friend or at a relatives house and your vehicle will be safer and they would assume liability if something happens to it, that is just not true". I don't have any plans or clear expectations.

He then sputtered to a crawl after crossing the start-finish line. This is going to be my second 500. I think he's had a great time here this month.

After all, there's no denying that Castroneves and fellow 42-year-old IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan are in the backstretch of their racing careers. When that dream began to fade prior to the 2016 season, he returned home and joined Michael Andretti's IndyCar race team. Both races are Sunday. "We're in a good place where we should be safe to get through Turn 1, and we get to start our race at our own pace", Veach said. They put in a new engine that's really strong.

"I had a little giggle to myself that I was driving a Formula One auto again", said Button, who came out of retirement just for this race. "Andretti Autosport has done a really good job with the preparation", Rossi said of his team. "It can run with people".

A year ago, rookie Alexander Rossi got a draft from Townsend Bell, which enabled him to take one fewer pit stop than heavyweight hitters like three-time victor Helio Castroneves and former winners Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

But there are signs that the engine problems that have tormented them, and led to Button's one-off return when Fernando Alonso made a decision to race in the Indianapolis 500 this weekend instead of Monaco, are being addressed. "The Dale Coyne team behind me has given me a great auto and the Honda performance has been wonderful". Bourdais sustained pelvis and hip fractures in a crash during a qualifying attempt on Saturday.

Alonso said being the betting favorite is “probably not” a fair expectation, and noted that the last time he did a rolling start was in a 1997 go-kart race. "There's a lot, a lot of hours that go into organizing something like this and making it all happen and we've got to get it right". "It feels like we've crammed about 12 months of planning successfully into one month".

"Kicked me out for three days", Karam said, laughing. "We'll just try and go another step forward with the auto on Carb Day". And no one should rule the Spaniard out just because he is an Indianapolis 500 rookie. But I can not be frustrated at the end of the race, I can not be sad at the end of the race because the whole event has been a fantastic experience.

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