Indycar 500 Live Stream pole sitter Scott Dixon feels twice Formula One champion Fernando Alonso, who is making his IndyCar debut on Sunday, will be one of the main threats to his chances of winning The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
Alonso slipped into an IndyCar for the first time three weeks ago but the accomplished driver qualified for the 33-car race with the fifth fastest time and starts in the second row.
“He’s done amazing and, to be honest, to win the race he’s going to be one of the guys you’re going to have to beat,” Dixon, a four times IndyCar Series champion, told Reuters on Tuesday during a promotional IndyCar stop in Toronto.”You can typically weed out a group of guys in any formula that are at the top and are slightly different than the rest and he is one of those guys.”Dixon, who started from pole when he won the 2008 Indy 500, said Alonso will benefit from driving for an Andretti Autosport team that put four drivers in victory lane, Indycar 500 Live including Alexander Rossi, who last year became the race’s ninth rookie winner.Alonso’s driver coach is 2003 Indy 500 winner Gil de Ferran, who is famous for his analytical approach to racing, which Dixon feels in another element that makes the 35-year-old Spaniard a threat on the sprawling 2.5 mile (4.02 km) speedway.”You can tell he does everything very methodically,” Dixon said of Alonso. “He’s got a great group of people around him… helping him and guiding him. Plus it’s one of the few places we do get a lot of practice at which helps a lot.”
While Alonso has barely had any experience of riding in IndyCar traffic, New Zealand’s Dixon feels sheer ability will prevent him from being a risk to other drivers.
Dixon, who qualified fourth for his first Indy 500 in 2003, said rookie drivers may even have an edge.”My first year at Indianapolis we had a pretty competitive car, we led a lot of laps and then we had a few issues in the end but to me it was one of the easier races because there was no pressure,” said Dixon.”There was an expectation but it wasn’t through the roof and you didn’t know what was right or wrong so it kind of just flowed. So there are positives to having run here before but there are positives being a rookie too.”
After winning the Indianapolis 500 pole, collecting a $100,000 cheque and doing the usual interview circuit, Scott Dixon tried to relax.
Instead, he got the scare of his life.As he ordered dinner for his teammates at one of the few fast-food restaurants still open near Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Dixon and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti were robbed at gunpoint while waiting in the drive-thru line.Neither was injured and two boys, ages 15 and 14, were arrested a short time later.“While they were ordering with their windows down two guys approached at gunpoint,” said Tony Kannan, a teammate of Dixon’s with Chip Ganassi Racing. “They held a gun at Dixon’s head and asked him for his wallet and his phone. You don’t expect that to happen, especially here.”The robbery happened shortly before 10 p.m. less than a mile from one of the world’s most famous racing venues, where Dixon had just earned the top starting position in IndyCar’s showcase race coming up on Sunday. Police did not immediately disclose what was taken from the two drivers.
By Monday, when drivers returned to the track for practice, Dixon had become the target of some good-natured humour.
His team owner joked on Twitter that the alleged incident would cost him a sponsorship deal with the fast-food chain.Kanaan cracked that because he’s from Brazil, he’s a little more accustomed to handling “this stuff.”While the notion that one of IndyCar’s biggest and best-paid stars was making a late-night fast food run seemed odd to some, that wasn’t the case in Gasoline Alley where Dixon is one of the most respected drivers. Indycar 500 Live Stream
“Actually, I have done that a few times,” team owner and former IndyCar star Michael Andretti said. “When you’re driving, you’re in the motorhome and sometimes you eat late and you just want to get a quick bite. And things around here close early.”Clearly, Dixon isn’t the only IndyCar driver with a hankering for fast food.
American Graham Rahal is currently sponsored by Steak ‘n Shake and has previously been sponsored by McDonald’s.Four-time 500 champ Rick Mears celebrated his first victory, in 1979, at Wendy’s.
Former Indy pole-winner and three-time NASCAR champ Tony Stewart made no secret of his craving for burgers. And former NASCAR driver Larry Foyt said it’s no different down South.“There’s a lot of fun, a lot of camaraderie in the motorhomes,” the team president of A.J. Foyt Racing said. “But sometimes people went out like that. For Scott, I’m sure it’s a little bit of normalcy to get away from all the emotions of Pole Day.”Dixon declined to comment on Monday. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Toronto as part of the series’ media tour — and he’s likely to be peppered with questions about what happened.Until then, Ganassi and his team are not talking to reporters so they can focus on getting ready for Sunday’s race.It sure didn’t affect him Monday. The New Zealander posted the third fastest lap of the day at 227.165 mph.
“Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti are completely fine after being held up last night by two men at a fast-food restaurant,” the team said in a statement. “We will allow the Speedway/Indianapolis police departments to handle the situation and while they conduct their investigation we will refrain from making any further comments to allow Scott to focus on the upcoming Indianapolis 500.”According to the police report, detectives said surveillance cameras showed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot before the robbery.
About 30 minutes later, the report said, officers stopped the car and the passenger fled. He was apprehended by a police dog. One of the suspects was taken to Marion County Holding at Eskenazi Hospital while the other went to the local juvenile detention centre. Indycar 500 Live Stream