Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso of Spain was knocked out of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. INDIANAPOLIS — Fernando Alonso and McLaren will miss the Indianapolis 500 after a 23-year-old American in a rebuilt race car for an underfunded team snagged the final spot in the field. Kyle Kaiser bumped Alonso out of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” by .02 mph in the “Last Row Shootout” to set the 33-driver field. Later in the day, Simon Pagenaud earned his first career Indy 500 pole with a four-lap average of 229.992 mph, edging three-time pole winner Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot. He is the first Frenchman to win the Indy 500 pole in 100 years. Carpenter, also the team owner, will start second while Pigot, the fastest qualifier Saturday, completes the front row and Chevrolet sweep of the top three spots. All the attention during the shootout was on McLaren, which leaned on Andretti Autosport, Team Penske, Chevrolet and anyone who would help in an effort to get the two-time Formula One champion into the race. Alonso made his final qualifying attempt Sunday on a cold track for an undermatched McLaren group and only had to beat three other… Read full this story
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