Rainy practices makes pole favorites hard to find at Indy

Former race car driver John Andretti speaks during a press conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Thursday

More significantly, Alonso was fourth fastest on Thursday, setting his fastest speed of the week at 225.618mph at a time when most other drivers running qualifying simulations were in the 220-222mph bracket.

The running order for qualifying is decided by a random draw made following the "Fast Friday" practice session.

The Monaco Grand Prix takes place next weekend, but it will do so without Fernando Alonso. "Today we had another good hour and a half (before the rain), and I think we're as prepared as we're going to be".

A two-time World Champion, the Spaniard will not race around the streets of Monte Carlo for the first time since 2002. It marked the second straight year that Andretti, grandson of 1969 Indy 500 champion Mario Andretti, has been fastest on the first day of Indy 500 practice.

"Gil de Ferran, my coach, my mentor, told me the four laps in qualifying will be the most frightful you've ever done because the vehicle is very on the limit", Alonso said.

Buddy Lazier, the 33rd entrant for this year's event, finally appeared for the first time all week, completing a slow installation lap during the closing stages.

De Ferran will certainly help Alonso in any way he can as he gets him ready for his debut race at the Indy 500. He was fifth, topping at 231.682 miles per hour. It's clearly fantastic for INDYCAR - that's easy for everyone to see - but it's also great for Fernando and great for Formula One. INDYCAR regulations allow for engine turbocharger boost to increase 10 kilopascals to 140 kPa on Friday, equating to about 30 additional horsepower permitted through the completion of qualifying. Right around 6:15 p.m. near the Pagoda stage, race officials will have the qualifying draw.

"And that's why on May 28, on the biggest weekend in motor sports, I won't be with my Formula 1 team at the Monaco Grand Prix. Here I am, a veteran driver, but it's all brand new to me".

"We'd like to leave an imprint ourselves and we do that with our arms around Mark in this particular situation".

Thanks to the simulator testing, I felt like I knew my auto before I got in it last week at Indy.

"The engineering concepts for which he was famous have become the basis of much of today's technology", Rahal said.

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