Alonso uninjured after crash during Indy 500 practice

The 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500

The 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500

Fernando Alonso's frustrating Indy 500 continued Wednesday afternoon as the two-time Formula 1 world champion hit the exterior wall coming out of turn three. His vehicle hit the wall, spun through the grass and hit an interior wall, then spun back across the track for a third hit. Thankfully, both drivers climbed out of their cars under their own power and were cleared to drive by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The wreck comes a day after Alonso passed the race's refresher test but left the track disappointed after being unable to get any additional practice time in because of an electrical issue with his auto.

This return to Indy has so far been horrific for the proud McLaren group, which on opening day had to replace the alternator and entire wiring loom on Alonso's vehicle. Brown is expanding McLaren and has an eye on a full-time IndyCar entry as early as next season. I tried to lift off and avoid the wall. McLaren partnered with Honda team Andretti Autosport, and Alonso was provided with one of their top cars. Qualifying for the 33 spots in the field begins Saturday; Alonso, one of 36 entrants, has been near the bottom of the speed charts.

Practice for the May 26 race continues on Wednesday, with qualifying on the weekend.

The 37-year-old started the day much better than how he finished on Tuesday, when his auto faced electrical issues.

"This track can bite you pretty quick", the Swedish driver said.

"It means nothing", Newgarden said of his lap at 228.856 miles per hour.

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Alonso was frustrated at the lack of track time on a lovely day in Indianapolis.

The Spaniard is competing in the 500 mile event for the second time in his career as he looks to complete motorsport's fabled "Triple Crown" of wins at the Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans 24 and Indy 500.

It will mark the second time Alonso has taken part in the race, which he led in 2017 before retiring with an engine problem. He led laps and was a contender until his engine failed, bringing a halt to a almost flawless month for the Spaniard at Indianapolis.

Fernando Alonso walked away unscathed following a big crash during practice ahead of the Indianapolis 500.

He said the Indy wreck was not at all similar. "I feel like any conversations and things about the future are pretty irrelevant and very distracting for the goal of what we're trying to accomplish, and that's to win a championship and to try and get some redemption on what we felt we kind of gave away a year ago". "All the accidents feel more or less the same way, here the difference is the speed you hit the wall is very high".

It will be Clarkson's second consecutive performance of the national anthem at the Indianapolis 500 and the third overall.

"I think it was just pure understeer that I didn't expect", Alonso said.

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