Alonso fires warning shot on Fast Friday

Running continues on Saturday with the first stage of qualifying to decide which drivers make the Fast Nine shoot-out for pole position on Sunday.

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

Howard used the draft available to him and clocked a lap at 226.744mph to finish comfortably quickest, nearly one mile per hour faster than Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay, who posted a 225.825.

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

Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso is missing this year's Monaco Grand Prix - a race he's won twice.

Alonso has completed four days of the opening week of practice for his first Indy 500, which he is contesting in a McLaren-Honda entry run by Andretti Autosport. "Obviously, Fernando is known as one of the best drivers in the world and having this much practice time and support from the team, we thought he would get it up to speed very quickly and he did".

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IndyCar drivers are honoured by the prospect of racing alongside one of the "greatest living racing drivers" when Fernando Alonso contests the Indy 500, according to last year's pole victor James Hinchcliffe. "When you get any sense of consistency through different conditions, sunny, shade, different track temps, humidity, wind, it always gives you confidence".

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.

It is qualifying weekend for the May 28th Indianapolis 500 as the race preps for event 101 in its storied history at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Penske's Josef Newgarden finished in fifth place overall but suffered a sizeable accident, slamming into the wall exiting Turn 1, the crash prematurely ending his running.

Alexander Rossi climbs out of his vehicle during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Friday, May 19, 2017 in Indianapolis. The two-time world champion has had an encouraging start at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, finishing fourth in on Wednesday and Thursday's practice sessions.

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