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Flashback: The story behind Dixon’s wild Indy crash

Photographer Michael C Johnson tells the full story of how he caught the massive Scott Dixon/Jay Howard crash in this year’s Indianapolis 500…

How Sato's Indy win made a fool of this skeptic

Those closest to Takuma Sato believed he could be a winner at Andretti Autosport; the rest of us expected flashes of promise and missed opportunities. David Malsher admits his cynicism was misplaced.

Frame by frame: Scott Dixon's insane crash at the Indy 500

Scott Dixon and Jay Howard had one of the most incredible crashes seen at the Indy 500. Here is every frame of this remarkable wreck, from start to finish.

Alonso wins Indy 500 Rookie of the Year over Jones

McLaren-Honda-Andretti driver Fernando Alonso has been named as Rookie of the Year for the 2017 edition of the Indy 500.

Sato hopes Indy 500 win inspires next Japanese generation

Takuma Sato says he hopes his Indianapolis 500 victory will inspire the next generation of Japanese drivers to pursue careers in IndyCar.

Rookie Jones believes he had the car to win Indy 500

IndyCar’s only fulltime rookie in 2017, Ed Jones finished third in the 101st Indianapolis 500 but believes he could have won had his Dale Coyne Racing-Honda not suffered damage.

Sato: “I have to give 100 percent commitment. I knew I could do it”

Takuma Sato said winning his duel with Helio Castroneves to grab the 101st Indianapolis 500 was bolstered by self-belief and belief in his car, despite a slow pitstop that dropped him down the field.

Alonso "would have been right there" without failure - Brown

Fernando Alonso “would have been right there” in contention for a debut Indianapolis 500 victory without his engine failure, believes McLaren CEO Zak Brown.

Alonso says he will "definitely" return to the Indy 500

Fernando Alonso says he will definitely return to the Indianapolis 500 in future following the engine failure that took him out of contention for victory on his debut.

Castroneves on Dixon shunt: “They were flying. I duck, close my eyes”

Helio Castroneves has described the moment where he passed under Scott Dixon’s car in the middle of a monstrous shunt on Lap 53 of the 101st Indianapolis 500.

Castroneves "will not give up" Indy 500 dream despite tough loss

Helio Castroneves came within arm's reach of his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory, but crossed the finish line as the runner-up for the third time in his career.

Indy 500: Top 10 quotes after race

Sato becomes first Japanese winner of Indy 500 in thrilling finish

Indy 500: Sato wins after thrilling shootout with Castroneves

Takuma Sato became the third Indy 500 winner for Andretti Autosport in four years after defeating Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves in an 11-lap shootout, while Fernando Alonso retired from seventh place when his engine blew.

Dixon escapes massive airborne crash that halts Indy 500

Scott Dixon walked away from a terrifying accident on Lap 53 of the Indianapolis 500.

2017 Indy 500 starting grid in pictures

Scott Dixon will lead the field off 33 to the green flag in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.

RHR: Communication with a one-off like Alonso sometimes a "weakness"

Fernando Alonso's Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay has been quite impressed with the two-time Formula 1 World Champion over the month of May.

2017 Indy 500: Driver-by-driver preview

Motorsport.com's U.S. editor David Malsher and Autosport's editor-in-chief Edd Straw rate the prospects of the 33 starters in the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Why repeat winners are rare in the Indy 500

In over 100 years of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, only 19 drivers have ever won the Indy 500 on more than one occasion.

Mario Andretti: Alonso a “shoo in” for top five finish

Mario Andretti says Fernando Alonso can land a top-five finish in the Indianapolis 500, provided the two-time Formula 1 World Champion does not make a mistake.

Hinchcliffe can't explain where SPM's pace has gone: "It's a mystery"

James Hinchcliffe isn't sure what has happened to the pace of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, a team that put all three cars inside the top ten in qualifying for the 2016 Indy 500.

Newgarden, Pagenaud find confidence in areas beyond outright pace

Team Penske drivers Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud say they’re expecting operational strength of Penske to overcome any Chevrolet deficit that may transpire on raceday at the Indy 500.

Defending Indy 500 winner Rossi feeling no pressure to repeat

Alexander Rossi comes back to Indianapolis as the defending Indy 500 champion, but most of the attention has been on his teammates, primarily two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso.

Alonso refusing to play it safe in Indy 500

Fernando Alonso says he will not play it safe in the early stages of Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 despite his lack of oval racing experience.

Castroneves "dreams every day" about fourth Indy 500 win

Helio Castroneves once again has the opportunity to join an elite group with a fourth Indianapolis 500 victory this weekend.

Power confident in Chevrolet and Penske for Indy 500

Team Penske’s Will Power says that despite Honda’s strength in qualifying for the 101st Indianapolis 500, he expects both Chevrolet and his Penske #12 car will be strong on raceday.

Why Charlie Kimball could win the Indy 500

He’s been accused of driving as if wearing horse-blinders. He’s been accused of being a pay driver who doesn’t deserve one of the best seats in motorsport. Yet Charlie Kimball is a genuine contender for Indy 500 victory, says David Malsher.

Bourdais discharged from hospital

Sebastien Bourdais, injured in a crash last Saturday during a qualifying run for the 101st Indianapolis 500, has been discharged from IU Health Methodist Hospital and moved to a local rehabilitation facility.

Alonso Indy 500 sponsors get free deals to offset F1 woes

McLaren has not charged its F1 sponsors any extra for the branding and exposure they are receiving from its Indianapolis 500 venture with Fernando Alonso.

What Sato learned from his famous defeat in the 2012 Indy 500

Takuma Sato gives his side of the story about the classic final lap of the 96th Indy 500 when he tried to snatch victory from Dario Franchitti.

Captain's Corner: Castroneves on the magic of Indianapolis

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Alonso Indy 500 win would inspire F1 drivers - Unser Jr

Al Unser Jr, winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 1992 and '94, says Fernando Alonso winning the race would encourage more Formula 1 stars to try IndyCar.

Honda still investigating Indy engine failures

Honda Performance Development is still seeking answers for the unreliability issues that struck its batch of engines at the IndyCar Grand Prix and during practice for the 101st Indianapolis 500.

Indy 500: Chilton leads Day 8, Harvey tops no-tow speeds

Max Chilton put Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda on top of the speed charts at IMS today after the three-and-a-half-hour practice session that saw all drivers practicing running in dense packs and long crocodiles of traffic.

Carpenter: Dixon’s lap speeds took the pressure off

Ed Carpenter has admitted that even before he started the final run of the Fast Nine shootout during Indy 500 qualifying, he suspected that Scott Dixon’s extraordinary four-lap average had pushed pole position out of reach.

Alonso says overboost may have cost him front row slot

McLaren Honda Andretti’s superstar rookie Fernando Alonso says an overboost on the second lap of his qualifying run cost him a potential shot at pole position for his first Indianapolis 500.

Indy pole-winner Dixon says Bourdais would have beaten him

Although Scott Dixon was thrilled with the third Indy 500 pole of his illustrious session he believes that Sebastien Bourdais would have beaten him to the top spot had he not been injured in yesterday’s qualifying session.

Indy 500: Fast Nine quotes

'What They're Saying' from Indianapolis 500 Pole Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indy 500: Dixon takes pole at 232mph, Alonso to start fifth

Scott Dixon set Indy's fastest four-lap qualifying average since Arie Luyendyk’s record pole in 1996, to claim the third IMS pole position of his career, as Fernando Alonso performed very strongly on his IndyCar debut to grab fifth.

Indy 500: Hunter-Reay tops 33-10 qualifying session at 231mph

2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay will start the 101st edition of the race from 10th after topping the qualifying session for those outside the Fast Nine.

Davison to sub for injured Bourdais at Indy

James Davison has been given the nod to substitute for Sebastien Bourdais in the #18 Dale Coyne Racing-Honda.

Bourdais out for the season despite successful surgery

Team owner Dale Coyne says Sebastien Bourdais’ surgery last night at Methodist Hospital was successful, but that he will miss the remainder of the season, and he's not yet chosen either a short- or long-term replacement.

Alonso: More speed to come in Fast Nine shootout

Fernando Alonso says there is more to come from the McLaren Honda Andretti in tomorrow’s Fast Nine Shootout after finishing seventh in the the first day of qualifying for the 101st Indianapolis 500.

Indy 500: Top 10 quotes after qualifying Day 1

Ed Carpenter sets fastest time on day one of Indianapolis 500 qualifications

Indy 500: Carpenter leads qualifying, Alonso reaches Fast Nine

Two-time Indy 500 polesitter Ed Carpenter led Saturday qualifying, as Fernando Alonso booked his spot in the Fast Nine shootout and Bourdais survived a terrifying crash.

Rutherford hopes Alonso is in "awe" of Indy

Three-time Indy 500 winner Johnny Rutherford, who twice won for McLaren, hopes Fernando Alonso will be in “awe” of The Brickyard on race day.

Rahal: Fuel mileage not a concern for Honda

As well as an apparent power advantage over Chevrolet, Graham Rahal says he has no concerns over the Honda Performance Development engine’s fuel economy around Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Sato praises Alonso’s driving and feedback at Indy

Takuma Sato has described Fernando Alonso’s performance so far during Indianapolis 500 practice as “very impressive”.

Indy 500: Bourdais leads Fast Friday, Alonso fourth fastest

Sebastien Bourdais led a Honda 1-2-3-4 on ‘Fast Friday’ of Indianapolis 500 practice, as cars ran with full-on qualifying setups for the first time.

Indy 500: Pigot crashes in Day 5 practice

Juncos Racing’s preparations for its first IndyCar race took a hard knock when Spencer Pigot crashed the #11 Chevrolet-powered car out of Turn 2, striking the SAFER barrier almost head-on.

Indy 500: Bourdais hits 233mph as storms halt Day 5 practice

Imminent thunderstorms brought practice to a halt at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after 90mins of action today, in which Sebastien Bourdais’ Dale Coyne Racing-Honda went fastest overall and also fastest on the no-tow charts.

Alonso preparing for “most horrible laps” of his life

Fernando Alonso says that he plans to concentrate on learning about oval qualifying setups tomorrow – and has been warned by driver coach Gil de Ferran that they will be the worst he’s ever experienced.

Indy 500: Howard tops practice, Alonso fourth on Day 4

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports one-off entrant Jay Howard’s morning time remained fastest on the fourth day of practice for the 101st Indy 500, as Fernando Alonso clocked 96 laps to complete an Andretti Autosport 2-3-4.

Munoz applying Andretti Autosport knowledge to AJ Foyt’s team

Two-time Indy 500 runner-up Carlos Munoz is hoping his knowledge of how an ultra-strong car should feel around Indianapolis Motor Speedway can help steer AJ Foyt Racing toward a strong raceday setup for the Indy 500.

Dixon confident that Indy is in Honda’s “sweet spot”

Four-time IndyCar champion and 2008 Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon believes that having Honda power could be key to him achieving his second triumph at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Indy 500: Veteran one-off Howard holds P1 at halfway point on Day 4

Jay Howard, who is due to start his first Indianapolis 500 in six years, swiftly moved to the top of the timesheets in the first half of opening practice to clock a 226.744mph lap, which has so far remained unbeaten.

Alonso's Indy 500 preparation to "ramp up bigtime"

Fernando Alonso’s driver coach, 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran, says the Spaniard’s preparation for the race will “ramp up big time” in the next 48 hours.

Indy 500: Newgarden suffers big crash in Day 4 practice

Team Penske-Chevrolet driver Josef Newgarden shunted after he lost the rear of the car at the apex of Turn 1, but the 26-year-old American was able to step out of the wreck unaided.

Hunter-Reay happy to help Alonso at Indy until race starts

Ryan Hunter-Reay has said the intra-team cooperation at Andretti Autosport-Honda, and fast-tracking Fernando Alonso and fellow-rookie Jack Harvey up their steep learning curve, will continue right up until raceday.

Captain's Corner: Will Power on "cat and mouse game" of Indy 500

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Alonso: Dealing with high winds at 220mph around Indy “tricky”

Fernando Alonso found the gusty wind conditions during day three of practice for the Indianapolis 500 “tricky”, but described the experience as productive.