Indy 500 pole sitter Scott Dixon wary of Fernando Alonso threat

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"There was so much more grip and it's just very different to what I've experienced", said Button, the 2009 F1 champion. He's starting second row here - that's not for luck, he earned that, and I think he was a candidate for pole.

"It's a great story", he continued. "Whether it's been a press conference or a test or qualifying, partner activation, everything has just gone really well, which is making me nervous for the race". "I will try to compensate with the speed, with motivation and we will see what happens". "It could be during the season, but I don't know".

Further complicating the situation is the threat of severe weather that could force the evacuation of the Speedway on Sunday and concerts planned on Friday and Saturday featuring Keith Urban and the Steve Miller Band, each attracting larger crowds than the one that filled Manchester Arena, the site of Monday's bombing, for an Ariana Grande pop concert.

"The fact of the matter is he's got a really good shot at it, man". It's been very impressive, honestly. That practice has been on-going since the beginning of the Indy 500 nearly 100 years ago and most believe that is still one of the best options for their auto, being that it is out of the main traffic crowd and is perceived to be a lot safer. The short-term marriage of Andretti Autosport, McLaren Racing, Honda and Fernando Alonso will turn its final lap on Sunday, and through weeks of private testing, practice and qualifying, the result has been nothing less than stunning. He's embraced the whole experience, the fan interaction we have, which is a massive degree higher than what you see in F1.

Rookie IndyCar Series driver Jack Harvey (50) leads three-time Indy 500 victor Helio Castroneves (3) and Sage Karam (21) through a turn, during a recent practice at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "When you're in that position that's a feel-good but you realistically have a chance to score".

"Hopefully from now on the interest in Formula One in the USA will be growing", he said. Castroneves is +1000 to win it this year but has not won a race since 2014. "We have new owners of Formula One, (U.S. -based) Liberty Media, and I think they have some good plans to build interest here". "It's fun, and you enjoy them", said Alonso.

When asked if he can relate his own first 500 (finished 13th in 2008) to that of Alonso, Power said it was completely apples to oranges.

"When you are driving a road course there is a 190 miles per hour corner, a 60 miles per hour hairpin so you've got to have a set-up that works in all those ways,"Franchitti says".

"I think there's a group of guys that are all getting to a certain age that some people have a bit of a benchmark". And my engineer had never run ovals, either. Cars move at speeds that would launch an airplane into flight while turning into corners no wider than a couple of lanes on Highway 101. I would have dreamed of having that experience in my first time.

"I didn't actually appreciate it until I job before that was to completely block all that out so to actually enjoy it was something incredible".