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Fernando Alonso insists McLaren ‘will be back stronger’ after crash at Indy 500 practice – video

Fernando Alonso escaped injury when he crashed during an Indianapolis 500 practice run after his McLaren car lost traction in the middle of a turn and hit the wall three times. The two-times Formula One world champion managed to get out of the vehicle …

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Fernando Alonso’s Daytona triumph shows his racing hunger remains | Giles Richards

Spanish driver says his focus is on Indy 500 and motor racings’s triple crown but might the Dakar rally or Formula E tempt him?Four years into his trying second stint at McLaren, Fernando Alonso might have lacked the machinery to win but the desire was…

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Fernando Alonso’s Daytona triumph shows his racing hunger remains | Giles Richards

Spanish driver says his focus is on Indy 500 and motor racings’s triple crown but might the Dakar rally or Formula E tempt him?Four years into his trying second stint at McLaren, Fernando Alonso might have lacked the machinery to win but the desire was…

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Robert Wickens treated in hospital following dramatic IndyCar crash

Canadian driver injured after accident in PoconoCar soared into fence and spun round repeatedlyIndyCar driver Robert Wickens is being treated for injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine following an accident early in Sunday’s r…

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Danica Patrick’s career ends with heavy crash at the Indy 500 – video

Danica Patrick’s racing career ended with a crash at the track that made her famous. Patrick had been running near the middle of the pack in the Indianapolis 500 when she lost control and hit the outside wall. The trail-blazing female driver …

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Danica Patrick’s trail-blazing racing career ends with crash at Indianapolis 500

Driver loses control and slides into wall during famous racePatrick blazed a trail as a female driver in male-dominated industryDanica Patrick’s racing career ended with a wreck in turn two at the track that made her famous. Patrick had been running ne…

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Real Madrid’s best bits, the season’s worst dive, and an Indy 500 escape | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features Ernesto Valverde, a hopeful attempt at a diving catch and Belgium’s Impossible Hill Climb

1) So to Cardiff for the Champions League final. Juventus have won four of their last five knockout games with Real – with the notable exception of the 1998 final, settled by one Predrag Mijatovic. Juve have lost the big one a record six times – with heartache spectacularly served by Dortmund’s Lars Ricken one year earlier. That denied the Italian side a double triumph after victory over Ajax in 1996 – a milestone Real could reach in Cardiff. Real have won 11 European Cups already – 70 years of that dominance is condensed into 150 seconds here, and there’s more from their 4-3 win in the first ever European Cup final, 1956, here. Or, if you’d prefer to watch them lose, here’s the last time they did so in a European Cup final. Take a bow, Alan Kennedy.

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Denver Post writer fired after expressing discomfort at Japanese Indy 500 winner

  • Terry Frei ‘uncomfortable’ with Takuma Sato’s win on Memorial Day weekend
  • Columnist apologizes, saying father flew missions over Japan

The Denver Post has fired columnist Terry Frei after the seven-time state sportswriter of the year posted a racially charged tweet following Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

The race was won by Japan’s Takuma Sato. However, Frei expressed his displeasure at the victory on Memorial Day weekend, when the US traditionally pays tribute to its troops. 

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Takuma Sato wins Indy 500 as engine failure ends Fernando Alonso’s race

  • Forty-year-old Japanese driver wins 101st running of Indianapolis 500
  • Two-time F1 world champion Alonso held lead before race ended early

Takuma Sato has won the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 after a dramatic race at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 40-year-old Japanese driver came through in the last few laps of the race to take victory over Hélio Castroneves in second.

Sato, a former Formula One driver, had only won one IndyCar race previously since joining the series in 2010. He had come close to winning the race in 2012, however, when he crashed out on the final lap as he battled Dario Franchitti for the lead. This time he held his nerve to give Andretti Autosport its third victory in four years at the Brickyard and shouted “Awesome!” into his radio as his win was confirmed. Ed Jones, Max Chilton and Tony Kanaan finished third, fourth and fifth respectively.

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Indy 500 2017 – live!

11.48am BST

It’s the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil! Hereby known as the Indy 500. Participating in one of motor sport’s iconic races is one of Formula One’s great champions, Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard hasn’t had a whole lot of fun over the past couple of years, chugging to a halt at various F1 circuits around the world in his McLaren Honda. Faced with the familiar scrap for minor points in Monaco this weekend or taking on an entirely new challenge, Alonso elected the latter, and here he is.

He has made a promising start to life in an Indy car, qualifying fifth for the race and generally carrying the aura of a man with little to lose and everything to gain, and why not: he has the opportunity to join an elite list of F1 champions to have tasted Indy 500 success and an even smaller group who have done it as a rookie.

Related: The plan to make Fernando Alonso a 35-year-old rookie Indy 500 champion

I walked out of the hospital today. On to rehab now! pic.twitter.com/bwTOsBNDaD

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Indy 500 2017 – live!

11.48am BST

It’s the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil! Hereby known as the Indy 500. Participating in one of motor sport’s iconic races is one of Formula One’s great champions, Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard hasn’t had a whole lot of fun over the past couple of years, chugging to a halt at various F1 circuits around the world in his McLaren Honda. Faced with the familiar scrap for minor points in Monaco this weekend or taking on an entirely new challenge, Alonso elected the latter, and here he is.

He has made a promising start to life in an Indy car, qualifying fifth for the race and generally carrying the aura of a man with little to lose and everything to gain, and why not: he has the opportunity to join an elite list of F1 champions to have tasted Indy 500 success and an even smaller group who have done it as a rookie.

Related: The plan to make Fernando Alonso a 35-year-old rookie Indy 500 champion

I walked out of the hospital today. On to rehab now! pic.twitter.com/bwTOsBNDaD

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Indy 500 2017 – live!

11.48am BST

It’s the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil! Hereby known as the Indy 500. Participating in one of motor sport’s iconic races is one of Formula One’s great champions, Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard hasn’t had a whole lot of fun over the past couple of years, chugging to a halt at various F1 circuits around the world in his McLaren Honda. Faced with the familiar scrap for minor points in Monaco this weekend or taking on an entirely new challenge, Alonso elected the latter, and here he is.

He has made a promising start to life in an Indy car, qualifying fifth for the race and generally carrying the aura of a man with little to lose and everything to gain, and why not: he has the opportunity to join an elite list of F1 champions to have tasted Indy 500 success and an even smaller group who have done it as a rookie.

Related: The plan to make Fernando Alonso a 35-year-old rookie Indy 500 champion

I walked out of the hospital today. On to rehab now! pic.twitter.com/bwTOsBNDaD

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Teenagers arrested after Indy 500 pole winner Scott Dixon held up at Taco Bell

  • New Zealander was on a food run for fellow drivers in Indianapolis
  • Former Indy winner Dario Franchitti and Dixon’s wife also robbed

Police say Indianapolis 500 pole-winner Scott Dixon and fellow former race winner Dario Franchitti were robbed at gunpoint while in a Taco Bell drive-thru lane.

A police report that the robbery happened shortly before 10pm on Sunday at the fast-food restaurant less than a mile from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Dixon had hours earlier won the top starting position for next Sunday’s Indy 500.

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Teenagers arrested after Indy 500 pole winner Scott Dixon held up at Taco Bell

  • New Zealander was on a food run for fellow drivers in Indianapolis
  • Former Indy winner Dario Franchitti and Dixon’s wife also robbed

Police say Indianapolis 500 pole-winner Scott Dixon and fellow former race winner Dario Franchitti were robbed at gunpoint while in a Taco Bell drive-thru lane.

A police report that the robbery happened shortly before 10pm on Sunday at the fast-food restaurant less than a mile from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Dixon had hours earlier won the top starting position for next Sunday’s Indy 500.

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Fernando Alonso fifth in Indy 500 qualifying as Scott Dixon takes pole

  • Two-time F1 world champion qualifies ahead of two former Indy winners
  • Dixon will be at front of grid with 2016 winner Alexander Rossi in third

Scott Dixon had the fastest lap and the fastest four-lap qualifying average in 21 years on Sunday to win his third Indianapolis 500 pole.

The New Zealander finished with a qualifying speed of 232.164mph, the best since Arie Luyendyk’s track record of 236.986mph in 1996. Dixon’s first lap of 232.595mph also was the fastest since Luyendyk’s record lap of 237.498mph in 1996.

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Fernando Alonso fifth in Indy 500 qualifying as Scott Dixon takes pole

  • Two-time F1 world champion qualifies ahead of two former Indy winners
  • Dixon will be at front of grid with 2016 winner Alexander Rossi in third

Scott Dixon had the fastest lap and the fastest four-lap qualifying average in 21 years on Sunday to win his third Indianapolis 500 pole.

The New Zealander finished with a qualifying speed of 232.164mph, the best since Arie Luyendyk’s track record of 236.986mph in 1996. Dixon’s first lap of 232.595mph also was the fastest since Luyendyk’s record lap of 237.498mph in 1996.

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Fernando Alonso learns some crucial lessons in rookie Indy test

  • Two-times F1 champion has first test in Indianapolis ahead of Indy 500 try
  • Alonso, 35, only needed 50 laps to pass all three phases of his first test
  • Driver wiped out two birds that flew into path while going nearly 220mph

Fernando Alonso got his first real lesson in IndyCar racing on Wednesday.

It’s not easy, even for a two-times Formula One champion.

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Former IndyCar and Nascar driver David Steele killed during Florida race

  • 42-year-old died at Desoto Speedway on Saturday night
  • Manatee County police say Steele’s car hit a retaining wall after collision

Sprint car veteran David Steele has died during a race in Florida.

Desoto Speedway officials said in a Facebook post on Saturday night that track owners and staff were saddened by the crash. The statement says Steele was trying to win his 100th race in Florida.

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Lewis Hamilton is a great example for the other F1 drivers, says Emerson Fittipaldi

Instead of being criticised, the engaging British driver should be applauded for his ability to reach out to Formula One fans, maintains the Brazilian legend

“If I’d known what the reaction was going to be, I would have drunk the milk first,” says Emerson Fittipaldi, unable to prevent himself from chuckling as he recounts the incident that, even 23 years later, is recalled by many fans in the United States more clearly than his two Formula One world championships. By reaching for orange juice after winning the Indy 500 in 1993 the Brazilian might have provoked rancour but he was always a singular driver and a singular character and he has no time, nor patience, for regrets after a remarkable career. Being himself was always more important to Fittipaldi and it is something he shares with and admires in Lewis Hamilton.

The winner drinking milk after the race at Indianapolis is one of motor sport’s oldest traditions, begun in 1933 after Louis Meyer celebrated his second victory with a glass. But Fittipaldi wanted to do his own thing (and doubtless help the business of the orange grove farm he owned) after taking the flag for the second of his two wins at the Brickyard. He duly swigged orange juice and was still being booed years later when driving the pace car before the opening of the 2008 race. Mentioning it now provokes gentle amusement.

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Alexander Rossi causes three-car crash at Pocono Indycar race – video

Alexander Rossi causes a three-car crash by driving over the top of Hélio Castroneves at the Pocono Raceway IndyCar race in Pennsylvania on Monday, as meanwhile Will Power takes his fourth win in six races. As Rossi pulls out of his pit stall, he clips Charlie Kimball’s car before driving up and over the car of Castroneves. The accident takes place at the same racetrack where British driver Justin Wilson sustained a fatal head injury in 2015

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