Thursday at the Indy 500: Fernando Alonso, Media Day, Vegas picks

Fernando Alonso of Spain signs an autograph as he leaves the pit area during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 Indy Car auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in In

It's such an iconic moment, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indiana Dairy Association proactively ask every racer beforehand what type of milk they'd prefer, just in case.

The return of McLaren, the second most successful team after Ferrari in the history of Formula One in terms of wins and titles, to the IndyCar paddock would be a huge boost of prestige to the struggling series that has been dominated by three teams - Penske Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti Autosport.

"There is not a plan that you think in advance".

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"But I don't know, maybe I am falling behind after 100 laps or whatever!"

The Spaniard said he was determined to enjoy the event. "I could see that happening (with me)".

"The Olympic Games and Super Bowl can not put 400,000 people in one place on one Sunday". Last weekend Alonso qualified fifth for the 500, so he'll start in the second row in the 33-car race.




As a thick crowd of global reporters pushed toward the seat Alonso was expected to take during Thursday's media day, driver Oriol Servia approached and jokingly asked if they were waiting for him.

"I know this is a race that everyone has a chance of winning; it's an unpredictable race", he said on Thursday. And then, you know, you have another 32 cars almost at the same speed trying to overtake you, and you try to overtake them. "Personally, I was surprised that Fernando was interested in doing it but we all like different things", the 37-year-old told reporters. "It changes completely the behaviour of the vehicle", he said. You feel the auto very loose. we've been practicing that with the team, trying to create our own groups because we are six cars. "I can not be sad at the end of the race because the whole event has been a fantastic experience".

"But you just have to hit the override button", he added. "Although the race is the important part, there's a great sense of pride in what we did Sunday". "I will try to compensate for the lack of experience with good motivation and racing spirit".

"Taking the opportunity to overtake and to pass will be a hard decision to make". Instead, he is driving a complete season for Ed Carpenter Racing, which has given him time to develop trust and communication with his crew and teammate.

Former champions McLaren have not won a race since Button's last victory, in Brazil in 2012, and are the only team yet to score a point this season. "That is where it comes".

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, including Alexander Rossi, who previous year became the race's ninth rookie victor.

Alonso has said from the beginning of this adventure that he's here to win, not just to race, and he has put extra time into running simulators and watching videos of past races as preparation.

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