In Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, we take you behind the scenes during F1 superstar Fernando Alonso’s qualifying runs for the Indy 500, including when he was on the pole for a brief period. He’ll eventually start fifth.
On Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, Parker Kligerman and his backseat driver, Kyle Petty, took to the iRacing simulator to make a mock run around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.
They look at the challenges of IMS, as well as the challenges two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will face in the first oval track race in his illustrious career. Alonso is among the favorites in the race and will take the green flag from the middle of Row 2 (fifth position).
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Sunday is the biggest day of the year in motorsports, starting in the morning with Formula 1’s legendary Monaco Grand Prix.
Then, at Noon ET, it’s the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The final part of the tripleheader of racing is NASCAR’s longest race of the season, the 400-lap, 600-mile Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Newly-named NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductee Ken Squier gives you a great primer for what promises to be a memorable day around the world (see video above).
On Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, Townsend Bell and Ray Evernham made their picks for Sunday’s 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.
NBCSN Verizon IndyCar Series analyst Bell is picking Ryan Hunter-Reay, while Evernham is going with the newest member to Team Penske, namely, Josef Newgarden.
But NBCSN IndyCar and NASCAR reporter Marty Snider disagrees: he’s picking polesitter Scott Dixon.
Interestingly, none of them picked the driver fans around the world be watching on Sunday: two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso, who starts from the middle of Row 2.
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Anthony Joseph Foyt Jr. — otherwise known as legendary race car driver A.J. Foyt — takes a ride with Robin Miller around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum’s massive display of virtually all of Foyt’s major race-winning cars, including the four he won the Indianapolis 500 in.
If you’re around the racetrack this weekend for Sunday’s 101st running of the Indianapolis 500, you owe it to yourself to check out the breathtaking display.
“It brings back a lot of great memories,” Foyt told Miller. “In time, you always forget. I had a lot of fun here. Indianapolis made A.J. Foyt, he didn’t make Indianapolis. There’s been a lot of great race car drivers here.”