Alonso at Indy doesn't hurt F1 says Steiner

Alicia Guzman
June 3, 2017

"I think, because things have gone well, we've got a good chance".

So when the opportunity came about to miss the Monaco GP, where he would likely be battling for a slim chance of a top-10 finish, he jumped at a seat in Indy 500.

Certain drivers winning the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" would inevitably produce bigger and more interesting storylines than others.

"I'm making history", said the longtime Penske driver.

"It's been quite intense", Alonso told CNN. So far, we've hit those individual kind of daily goals. I have to adapt. They know you are on quick lap. "Hard to imagine how you can fit three cars there and at the speeds", Alonso said.

"You're running very close, not only in the straights but in the corners".

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Media interviews with top F1 drivers sometimes have to be scheduled months in advance - if they happen at all.

Alonso will start from fifth place on the grid after clocking an average speed of 231.3 miles per hour (372.241 kph).

"He's done unbelievable and to win the race he's going to be one of the guys you're going to have to beat", Dixon, a four-time IndyCar Series champion, said.

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. Since the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last November, I drove a rally-cross auto, in January, but that's all I've done since then - in seven months. I would like to remain that competitive in the race. You need to keep improvising. But he thinks he's done everything possible to prepare for the race, and even spent time Thursday on a simulator. "Let's see what the outcome is". Earlier this season, team owner Chip Ganassi was noncommittal about Kanaan's future, saying only that IndyCar's Ironman has a future within the organization. Picking Andretti at online gambling sites means going against the 'Andretti curse, ' as the famed racing family is a combined one-for-71 in the race.

The Indy rookie does not rule himself out for a win that would make him the first Formula One champion to triumph since Jacques Villeneuve 22 years ago.

"Let's look at just previous year with Rossi".

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"We have one superstar who has come from Formula One to race here, so it's a big deal", Kanaan said. "So to be able to work with him for a couple of weeks has been a huge privilege".

"Maybe some of the fame whores, I don't know", said Dixon, a four-time IndyCar champion.

Graham Rahal wants to win Sunday's Indianapolis 500. He became the 100th person to lift the Borg Warner trophy - a victory that lead to a long-term contract with Andretti.

The impact of someone as high-profile as Alonso temporarily switching to IndyCar has been immediately noticeable, says Rossi.

Alonso has been impressive since his first private test day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and qualified fifth for his debut race.

In terms of other F1 racers taking the trip across the Atlantic, Rossi says that several young racers he grew up with - Red Bull's Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz, and Sauber's Marcus Ericsson - are "super interested" in what he's been doing with IndyCar.

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