Rainy practices makes pole favorites hard to find at Indy

Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi placed 13th, surrounded by the Penskes of Will Power, Juan Pablo Montoya and Hélio Castroneves, the three-time victor the most productive runner, completing 117 laps.

Sato, who has been an IndyCar driver since 2010, believes Alonso has mastered giving technical feedback on ovals during this week of practice at Indianapolis. They're all very supportive of me and keep wishing me good luck.

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.

Bourdais, who spent parts of two seasons in Formula One with Toro Rosso, posted the fastest lap of 233.116 miles per hour (375.164 kph) around the famed 2.5 mile super speedway on what is known as "Fast Friday". Bourdais has had two engine failures this month, one in the INDYCAR Grand Prix last weekend, and a second yesterday in practice at the north end of the track. "Especially if he comes out here and runs well, I think that will make a lot of drivers evaluate or investigate trying to get into the vehicle for the 500 [in future]". That total included the first systems check lap of the week recorded by 1996 Indy 500 champion Buddy Lazier in his No. 49 Lazier Racing-Stalk It-Tivoli Lodge Chevrolet. 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. Right around 6:15 p.m. near the Pagoda stage, race officials will have the qualifying draw.

It was a natural for fellow-IndyCar Series team-owner Bobby Rahal to ask Penske to serve as honorary chairman of the newly formed Mark Donohue Foundation, a nonprofit of the Road Racing Drivers Club, of which Rahal is president.

"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". You're not trying to bring somebody on who has very little experience driving high-performance cars and being in different racing situations.

Rahal added that the foundation will carry on Donohue's memory. "We need to help secure the future for this program".

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