While us normal people like to hang out and maybe sleep a bit after we shatter a bone, pro drivers tend to ask how quickly they can get back in the car they likely got injured in. For Sebastien Bourdais, who fractured his hip and pelvis in a huge Indianapolis 500 qualifying wreck, the answer was less than three months.
This year’s Indianapolis 500 had a huge global presence, was impossibly tense and had a storybook winner. But the big news the next day was that the race “delivered the lowest national ratings in the 31 years [it] has been broadcast live,” as the Indianapolis Star reported. The problem is, ratings aren’t the real…
In a week when Andretti Autosport and Japanese-born driver Takuma Sato should be celebrating their Indianapolis 500 win, they’re instead busy deleting and reporting all of the derogatory and profane comments being posted on their social media. That’s not the reaction you expect after your first Indy 500 win.
Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso didn’t miss racing in the F1 Monaco Grand Prix he skipped for the Indianapolis 500, and it doesn’t sound like people from his home country did either. The reported Spanish television audience for the Indy 500 was more than double that of Monaco on Sunday.
One of the greatest traditions of the Indianapolis 500 isn’t on track at all. Take the vast cross-section of racing ultra-fans and loopy midwesterners, add enough alcohol to drown the entire German state of Bavaria, and you’ve got yourself the best people-watching on the planet.
When Takuma Sato made a late-race pass to win Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, it was worth enough in purse money to pay off your student loans and have cash left over to buy a Ferrari LaFerrari in full. The winner’s earnings were nearly $2.5 million this year, a whopping $1.7 million more than second place got.
Japanese IndyCar driver Takuma Sato shocked the world when he won this weekend’s Indianapolis 500 by only .2011 of a second. Few expected Sato, who had one other IndyCar win to his name in 2013, to win IndyCar’s biggest show. Perhaps the most shocked of all, though, was the Japanese commentary team.
If there’s anybody who earned a conciliatory carton of milk at the Indianapolis 500, it was two-time Formula One champ and Indianapolis 500 rookie Fernando Alonso. Despite not taking the checkered flag, Alonso told reporters that he still didn’t miss taking part in the F1 Monaco Grand Prix.
With a several late-race passes over leader Max Chilton and a fierce battle for the win with Helio Castroneves, Takuma Sato won the 2017 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His car was the Andretti Honda engine that could... actually survive the race.
Just moments after Fernando Alonso’s engine blew to bring out the yellow flag at the Indianapolis 500, five cars wound up in a massive crash with less than 20 laps to go in the race. Between engines blowing and cars crashing, it doesn’t seem like we’ll have much of a field left by the end of this thing.
Fernando Alonso’s engine abruptly failed on lap 179 of 200 during today’s Indianapolis 500, taking him out of the race. Alonso, who opted to race in the Indy 500 instead of the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix because his Honda-powered F1 car was so unreliable, had the third Honda engine failure of the day.
This is not Honda’s year to build a reliable engine in open-wheel, single-seater race cars. Ryan Hunter Reay, one of Fernando Alonso’s Andretti teammates, just had his engine fail with a huge THUNK. Hunter-Reay has the first Honda engine to go kaput during today’s Indianapolis 500 race.
I’m really not the biggest Fernando Alonso fan out there, but that didn’t matter when the Spanish Formula One driver walked past me at the Indianapolis 500. I was no match for his dreamy aura.
The 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner and oldest entrant in today’s Indianapolis 500, Buddy Lazier, just crashed out of the race. Sadly, his shoestring-budget, family supported run has come to the end this year in a big spin into the wall. Lazier has been taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital, as he complained of chest…
Fernando Alonso, painstakingly subject to his McLaren-Honda team’s awful car every week, can’t escape the back of the Formula One field. But by hopping into a car he’s never raced before for the Indianapolis 500 and running at the top of the field, Alonso’s reminding us just how amazing of a driver he is.
It’s not a good day for being on the high side of a pass around the turns of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Conor Daly tried to make a pass around the outside of Charlie Kimball in Turn 3, but didn’t give Kimball enough room, tapping the side of Kimball’s car and ending up in the wall as a result.
Indianapolis 500 pole sitter Scott Dixon sadly got caught in the path of Jay Howard’s out of control car during today’s race, sending Dixon airborne and temporarily halting the race for clean-up.
What’s the deal with the race Fernando Alonso opted to do over the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix this year? It’s the 101st running of the “greatest spectacle in racing,” the Indianapolis 500, and it’s perhaps the most prestigious oval race on earth. Here’s the basic rundown in case you’re new to this show.
Three-time Formula One champion and world’s fastest Instagram model Lewis Hamilton doesn’t have a high opinion of the Indianapolis 500 field, who F1 driver Fernando Alonso is competing against this weekend. Naturally, Hamilton opened his mouth to say just that.
IndyCar driver Sébastien Bourdais, who sustained a fractured right hip and multiple pelvic fractures in an enormous Indianapolis 500 qualifying crash, was released from the hospital Wednesday, per IndyCar. Bourdais now starts his recovery at a local Indianapolis rehab facility.