The wait is almost over! Following thousands of practice laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is just four days away.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon who won the Indianapolis 500 in 2008 will be hoping for a repeat performance this weekend. The Iceman scored his third Indy 500 pole on Sunday and starts the race alongside the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet of Ed Carpenter.
Last year’s rookie of the year Alexander Rossi in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda is aiming to become the first driver since Helio Castroneves in 2002 to retain the Indy 500 crown after winning as a rookie.
The big news over the past month has been McLaren’s return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500, fielding Fernando Alonso in the No.29 AutoNation McLaren Honda Andretti.
The double Formula One champion has a fantastic opportunity to win the Indianapolis 500 this year starting the race from fifth place on the grid.
Alonso has been absolutely superb so far in the month of May. The McLaren driver was given the Fastest Rookie Award which was presented to McLaren Ambassador Johnny Rutherford during the annual rookie luncheon at the speedway on Tuesday.
Following a disappointing qualifying in which their highest qualifier was Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet who starts the race from 9th, Team Penske will be hoping for a strong performance in the race.
Honda will be hoping to overcome the reliability issues that they have had which has seen some failures with their engines over the month.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Oriol Servia will have a fresh engine for Sunday’s race.
The great news from the month of May is that following his huge accident in qualifying last weekend, Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais is on the mend.
Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet is not worried starting the race in 17th place as he came from the back in 2015 to win his second Indianapolis 500 title.
Starting the up front does not necessarily mean that you are guaranteed a strong finish. One thing is certain and that is that the Greatest Spectacle in motorsport, the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil this weekend will be a classic.