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Fernando Alonso Qualifies 5th While Scott Dixon Takes Pole (Indy 500 And F1)

Fernando Alonso Qualifies 5th While Scott Dixon Takes Pole (Indy 500 And F1)

The two time Formula One Champ qualified fifth in the "Fast Nine" which determines pole position in the Indy 500. The McLaren Formula One driver had not driven an Indy Car before but was surprisingly able to hit an average of 231.300mph on his four-lap qualifying run while Scott Dixon got pole at 232.164mph.

The Spanish driver said he had a few issues with his engine, which had caused him 0.3-0.4mph on his average which if not lost would place him around second or third.

"I think the car was better than yesterday," he said in a speech. "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."

He was so happy and thankful to his team, also saying, he never thought qualifying fifth was feasible in his first Indy 500 race. "With everything that has happened today being among the top five is a dream.

"Fifteen days ago I would never have thought about fighting for the pole. Thanks to the whole team. Now another week of learning and race next weekend."

The 35 year old Spaniard will be missing the Monaco Grand Prix which he ditched for his quest at the Indy 500

The Fast 9 results below

1. Scott Dixon 232.164
2. Ed Carpenter 231.664
3. Alexander Rossi 231.487
4. Takuma Sato, 231.365
5. Fernando Alonso (rookie), 231.300
6. JR Hildebrand, 230.889
7. Tony Kanaan, 230.828
8. Marco Andretti, 230.474
9. Will Power, 230.200.

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