Andretti fights cancer and his message is on full display

Andretti fights cancer and his message is on full display

Alonso felt his time behind Kvyat - nearly one third of the race distance - underlined how Honda is compromising McLaren's opportunities on Sundays.

Juan Pablo Montoya had the fastest Chevrolet in practice.

Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso was fifth at 231.549 before rain doused the 2.5-mile oval, stopping practice.

Josef Newgarden timed fifth to give Chevrolet its fastest vehicle but the Team Penske driver also was involved in an incident that caused minor damage to his auto. The anthem, the circuit, the racing - I'm very thankful to experience it.

"I think it's very impressive", Sato told reporters. "Here I am, a veteran driver, but it's all brand new to me".

Bourdais put in an early effort of 233.116 miles per hour that was good enough for P1 come the end of the day, giving Dale Coyne Racing another boost after an impressive start to the Verizon IndyCar Series season.

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It was another Andretti Autosport driver, Takuma Sato in the No. 26 Honda, who logged the fastest lap without benefit of an aerodynamic tow from a leading auto (224.734 mph). "As a team, I think we did a lot of homework in the off-season for this race, and we tested here twice". There's not a lot of drivers who would be willing and able to miss races in their own championships to come do this.

Alonso's frustration over McLaren-Honda's situation essentially has reached a tipping point, and with his contract set to expire at the end of 2017, he's in the flawless position to jump ship and join a new series. "I feel like our alone speed is actually pretty good compared to what the Hondas were running".

Josef Newgarden crashed early in the day when he lost control and hit the Turn 1 wall.

"I have been thinking about Indy for four or five years now". "Friday is an indication where you start to see speeds without tows and which people that you may be fighting for to make the Fast Nine".

With an Andretti Honda under him, Alonso should have a vehicle capable of challenging for pole or at least making it into the Fast Nine qualifying group at Indianapolis on Sunday.

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