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McLaren's failed Indy 500 effort was a comedy of errors

May. 20, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The comedy of errors that doomed McLaren's disastrous return to the Indianapolis 500 began months before Fernando Alonso failed to qualify for the race. How bad was it? A week before Alonso's first test in the car, the team realized it didn't even have a steering wheel. McLaren CEO Zak...

Alonso rejects McLaren offer to buy him Indy 500 seat

May. 20, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — McLaren offered to buy Fernando Alonso a seat in the Indianapolis 500, but the Formula One champion told the team he was uncomfortable replacing a driver who had earned a spot in the race. Alonso, with McLaren, failed to qualify for next Sunday's race , a humiliation for the proud...

Pagenaud takes 1st Indianapolis 500 pole with impressive run

May. 19, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Simon Pagenaud keeps finding new ways to impress his team owner. Last weekend, he rallied in the rain to end a 21-race drought. On Sunday, he put Roger Penske back on the pole for the Indianapolis 500. And he may not be finished. Pagenaud traded high-fives and pumped his fist along pit...

Kyle Kaiser knocks Alonso, McLaren out of Indy 500

May. 19, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Fernando Alonso did everything in his power to put McLaren in the Indianapolis 500. He drove flat-out when his car was loose, when it wouldn't steer and when it had a punctured tire. When his team put together a desperate final setup and no one had a clue how it would perform, he...

The Latest: Pagenaud fights for job by winning Indy 500 pole

May. 19, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on Indianapolis 500 qualifying (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Simon Pagenaud has won the pole for the Indianapolis 500, strengthening his case for keeping his job at Team Penske. Pagenaud averaged 229.992 mph in four laps of Sunday qualifying to lock down the top spot for the...

Alonso and McLaren miss Indy 500 on first day of qualifying

May. 18, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — McLaren's return to the Indianapolis 500 neared a total collapse after Fernando Alonso failed to lock himself into the field on the first day of qualifying. The two-day qualifying process guaranteed a spot in the May 26 race for the fastest 30 cars in Saturday qualifying. It took Alonso...

Owners split on guaranteeing spots in Indy 500

May. 17, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bobby Rahal remembers watching the start of the Indianapolis 500 from a suite with his sponsors after he failed to make the 1993 field. He was bitter to miss "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," but understood the sanctity of only the fastest 33 racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "As...

Castroneves adds goal as he chases record-tying 4th Indy win

May. 16, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Helio Castroneves left Indianapolis last May, he pleaded with Roger Penske for one more chance at a record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 win. Now that Castroneves is back in town and Penske has assured the exuberant Brazilian racer of making at least two more Indy starts,...

The Latest: Penske expects Castroneves back at Indy in 2020

May. 15, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on Indianapolis 500 practice (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Roger Penske expects Helio Castroneves to race in next year's Indianapolis 500. The most successful IndyCar team owner in history told The Associated Press on Wednesday that when the three-time race winner made the...

Drivers still getting used to new IndyCar safety device

May. 15, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The first time Takuma Sato drove with IndyCar's new debris deflector he felt like he had one eye closed. Ed Carpenter thought he was seeing double. A one-day test in April, last weekend's road race and two full days of practice on the oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have helped...