Alomania takes center stage at Indianapolis 500

  • Alomania takes center stage at Indianapolis 500

Alomania takes center stage at Indianapolis 500

The Indy 500 is scheduled to begin shortly after noon ET on Sunday.

Sunday's Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to take the green flag just after noon.

This year marks the first time since 1979 that a McLaren entry has competed in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing".

After the hectic weekend of qualifying, Veach said he was able to leave the track and catch a movie at his apartment. "I still have six weeks before I can put weight on my right leg and put my foot on the ground...looking forward to the day I can get back in the auto".

"Our biggest goal and I'm sure the vice president's goal if he does come is to impact our customers in the least possible way", Boles said. Like 'Oh! Okay, there's a whole other life going on outside the racetrack.

"The priority is for next year and to win the Formula One world championship", he said.

The role of the spotter is one of the many unique and vital aspects of an event that has no equal in Indycar, never mind anywhere else. Instead of "JR Hildebrand, IndyCar Series driver", he becomes "JR Hildebrand, last-lap crash guy". "I think it has to happen in the spur in the moment". There are just too many positive stories.

"You can really see it in him, he's got a new energy here, he's really happy, he's always smiling, which we haven't really seen from him for a while because he's been working hard but not having the result whereas here he's already had a good result, he's qualified on the second-row in his rookie year". The downside is that it has come at the expense of quite a few storylines that, without the presence of Alonso, would be a huge part of the hype leading into Sunday. "If something happens, we just gotta be eyes up and ready for it". "He definitely has the vehicle and the capability to do it - but so does a lot of people in the field". "It's the best race in the world".

"I think with the sixth auto, there were some things we could have improved on", Andretti said. Five hundred miles of racing is not just two had a half times the length of what he is accustomed to - assuming his McLaren-Honda lasts that long; it is also an ever-changing kaleidoscope of track conditions, movement and strategy that requires the help of someone seeing the picture from every angle around the auto.

Paul Gohde heard the sound of race cars early in his life.Growing up in suburban Milwaukee, just north of Wisconsin State Fair Park in the 1950's, Paul had no idea what "that noise" was all about that he heard several times a year. The things that are required to win the race are different now. Three-time Indy 500 victor Johnny Rutherford accepted Alonso's award, and predicted he would win the race Sunday. He competed in five grands prix with Manor Marussia in 2015 before swapping to IndyCar previous year. Maybe Harvey or Veach could do the same.

Parking for the race is completely sold out, at least for official IMS spots. He ran as high as fifth previous year until tire pressure woes derailed his run. Still, he's the 2008 victor of the Indy 500 and ranks fourth on the all-time winning list.

There is a comprehensive security plan in place for pre-race and race day events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso is the other "rookie" in this year's 500 field.

The short drive to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway makes Crawfordsville a popular stop for out-of-town fans looking to avoid no-vacancy signs closer to the track.