INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Latest news on the Indianapolis 500 qualifications (local time):
McLaren took advantage of a long rain delay on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to repair a car that he was desperately trying to qualify for the race.
The car, Fernando Alonso, will make his last qualifying attempt by getting the help of several teams in the garage. The help includes Andretti Autosport shock absorbers. Many believe that McLaren received the Penske team's advice – McLaren team manager Gil de Ferran won the Penske Indy 500 award – and Chevrolet participated in the installation.
The team was about 10 minutes behind the track on Sunday morning for a brief morning workout before the "Last Row Shootout". Alonso did not make a full turn before the left-back of his car drags and no longer sparks surface.
McLaren had thrown a whole new configuration on the car and was frantically trying to find out if she had any speed. Alonso only made five more laps before the session was called for rain.
The rest of the afternoon was a frenzy as McLaren engineers worked on Alonso's car to win one of the last three places in the May 26 race.
It's another tough day for McLaren at Indianapolis 500, as the rain slowed the team's preparation time for his last race start.
McLaren completely redesigned his car on Sunday morning and sent Fernando Alonso on track with a new setup. But the car was too low at the back and dragged along the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Alonso came back to the pits to repair, completed five more laps, and rain stopped the session.
Alonso is one of six drivers who will participate in the "Last Row Shootout" later Sunday for the last three slots of the May 26 race. If the session is insufficient, IndyCar will use the next available day to set the last line.
McLaren's new configuration for his desperate qualifying series has potentially come from another team willing to help McLaren in his fight. When asked, Zak Brown, president of McLaren, said, "It's a friendly pen. Much more friendly than F1. "
McLaren raced for the last time in the Indy 500 in the 1970s, but he's back this season to help Alonso to carry out his quest for the Triple Motors version of motor racing and as a driver for a potential full-time IndyCar team. But the whole process has been a disaster since the day of opening due to electrical problems, an accident of Alonso, a long delay to rebuild a car, of a puncture during his first qualifying attempt and, finally, a car too difficult to handle for Alonso. to qualify in the top 30 on Saturday.
Brown acknowledged that the entire McLaren group was tense Sunday morning.
"It's not fun to be in your last lap," Brown said.
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