Dixon takes 3rd Indy pole with fastest speeds in 21 years

Alonso had had no reported engine problems on his No. 29 McLaren/Andretti Autosport Honda this week but, following Saturday's practice session in which he set the fastest average speed at 231.317 miles per hour, videos on social media showed smoke coming out of Alonso's vehicle in the garage.

Scott Dixon has secured pole position for next week's Indianapolis 500.

After allowing engineer Chris Simmons to tinker with his car's qualifying trim and later questioning whether the changes might be too daring, Dixon delivered with the fastest speeds he's ever seen at Indianapolis. He will try to join Graham Hill (1966) as an F1 champion winning Indy as a first-timer.

American Ed Carpenter was second at 231.664, edging USA defending champion Alexander Rossi, the outside row one starter.

"The whole week, the vehicle had pretty good balance but for some reason, we're not that fast", said Castroneves, a three-time 500 victor and a four-time Indy pole victor. "We had an over-boost problem (with the turbocharger) in the final corner, so the engine was like hitting the brakes and I lost a bit".

"I don't think that we need to separate too much F1 or IndyCar or rally or stock vehicle".

Fernando Alonso will start fifth in his first oval race next Sunday.

That is because the set-up of the cars is changed significantly between qualifying and race to ensure drivers can run consistently in heavy traffic during a 500-mile race that is usually punctuated by several "caution" periods in which drivers are restricted to reduced speeds behind a pace auto.

JD Martinez: JD Martinez hits fifth homer in win
Not only does Martinez have five homers in six games since coming off the disabled list, but he's walked a remarkable nine times. Still, it wasn't really the offense's fault that the game was lost. "You don't enjoy one like that unless you win it".

Japan's Takuma Sato drove daringly close to the walls and wound up finishing at 231.365.

"Sebastien is in good hands here at IU Methodist Hospital with the staff and now we just wait for him to recover", said team owner Dale Coyne.

Dixon's teammate Tony Kanaan will start seventh, the inside of Row 3. In fact the last time it competed at Indy was 38 years ago, with the auto you see here.

When asked by reporters how he would have reacted if he was told that he would make the "Fast 9" group after his first test day, Alonso replied: "Bye bye!"

"He's proving why he's one of the best in the world", Rossi said after qualifying ended.

Dale Coyne Racing's No. 18 vehicle, with replacement driver James Davison, will start from the back of the field.

Bourdais sustained fractures of the pelvis and right hip in a Saturday crash in Turn 2. Davison, of Australia, replaces French driver Sebastien Bourdais, who had successful surgery to fix his pelvis Saturday night.

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