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Top Stories of 2019, #4: McLaren's shocking DNQ at Indy

Motorsport.com's countdown of the biggest stories in racing in 2019 continues with McLaren’s stunning failure to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 with Fernando Alonso.

Penske, Pagenaud and dog honored with ‘Baby Borg’

BorgWarner has made its traditional ‘Baby Borg’ presentations to first-time 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud and 18-time Indy 500-winning team owner Roger Penske, but sculptor William Behrends has also added the face of Pagenaud’s Jack Russell terrier, Norman.

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Satisfaction and frustration at Indy for Arrow SPM

Fate wasn’t always smiling on the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drivers in the Indianapolis 500, but there were some highly promising aspects to the team’s race, as David Malsher explains.

Rossi on the science behind his Indy 500 near miss

Timing and motorsports go hand in hand, and one of the most significant numbers of last weekend’s mega motorsport events was the 0.2086s that Alexander Rossi fell short of second Indianapolis 500 win, as Simon Pagenaud beat him with a daring late-race pass and then fended him off until the final time across the famed yard of bricks.

Power admits pitstop error, retracts Race Control criticism

Will Power says that having seen the video evidence, he now realizes he hit his refueler in his second pitstop in the Indy 500, and that his initial reaction regarding his punishment was wrong.

Ferrucci confirmed as Indy 500 Rookie of the Year

Santino Ferrucci, who finished seventh and top-placed rookie in last weekend’s Indianapolis 500, has been confirmed as the race's Rookie of the Year, and he's also moved into the lead of the NTT IndyCar Series 2019 Rookie of the Year standings.

Rahal slams Bourdais for Indy shunt: “He obviously doesn’t get it”

Graham Rahal was left furious with Sebastien Bourdais after their collision on Lap 178 of the 200 caused a five-car wreck that brought out the red flags in the Indianapolis 500.

Pagenaud on Indy 500 win: “Today was about attacking”

Team Penske’s 18th Indianapolis 500 winner said that the stars aligned to allow him to simply attack from the start of the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and to “take our fate in our own hands.”

Rossi hurt by power deficit, caution period, refueling issues

Andretti Autosport-Honda’s Alexander Rossi was left very downcast after missing out on a second Indy 500 victory by a mere 0.2086sec as he felt he was stymied by a combination of issues, the most damaging of which was a horsepower shortfall.

Penske confirms Indy 500 winner Pagenaud will stay on in 2020

Roger Penske has confirmed publicly that his latest Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud will remain on the team in 2020 – and that he got a call from President Trump while in Victory Lane.

Indy 500: Pagenaud beats Rossi, scores Penske’s 18th Indy win

Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Simon Pagenaud won a titanic scrap with the Andretti Autosport-Honda of Alexander Rossi over the final 14 laps to win the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500, and earn a place on the Borg-Warner Trophy.

Dixon on Indy 500 strategy, weather, and IndyCar aerokit

Five-time IndyCar champion and 2008 Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon is expecting a tough fight to reach the front of this year’s Memorial Day Weekend classic, especially if it’s a “straight-up dogfight”, but approves of how difficult the current car is to drive.

Rosenqvist feels confidence returning after Indy shunt

Felix Rosenqvist says he's feeling more at ease around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, recovering his confidence since his shunt in practice.

Andretti “sitting pretty” as he tries to break family’s Indy jinx

Marco Andretti spent Indy practice focused only on raceday setups, saying that his years of experience taught him not to worry over qualifying pace, and that he’s confident ahead of the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

Alonso shows off steering wheel broken by leg impact in Indy crash

Fernando Alonso has shown for the first time the damage caused when his legs broke his steering wheel during his Indy 500 practice crash last week.

Indy 500: Ericsson, #7 Arrow SPM crew win pitstop competition

Marcus Ericsson and the #7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports crew has won the traditional Indianapolis 500 pitstop competition, the first team outside of Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing to win the competition in 15 years.

Indy 500: Kanaan leads final practice on Carb Day

AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet’s Tony Kanaan led the last on-track session before Sunday’s 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, as drivers made final setup tweaks, ran in long trains and practiced pitstops.

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Indy 500 drama and dealing with it the Arrow SPM way

How did Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports ensure it overcame the setback of James Hinchcliffe’s accident in qualifying last Saturday? With slick organization and determination, as competition director Billy Vincent explains to David Malsher.

Juncos Racing partners with River Plate for Indy 500

Club Atletico River Plate, an Argentinean sports club based near Buenos Aires with a famous soccer team, is to sponsor Juncos Racing in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

IndyCar gratified flying cars “didn’t go upside down” at 220mph

IndyCar’s VP of competition and race engineering Bill Pappas says he’s broadly satisfied that the cars that crashed at around 220mph last week behaved as intended - staying low, landing upright and protecting drivers.

Juncos Racing lands sponsor for Indy 500 – UPDATE

Juncos Racing-Chevrolet has earned a sponsor partner after its driver Kyle Kaiser bumped Fernando Alonso’s McLaren entry out of the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 while running sponsor-free.

Norris: McLaren right to take Indy 500 failure "on the chin"

McLaren did the right thing in taking Fernando Alonso’s shock failure to qualify for the Indy 500 "on the chin", reckons its Formula 1 driver Lando Norris.

Kanaan “fighting demons”, doubts Indy 500 win bid is realistic

Tony Kanaan isn’t expecting to shine in this weekend’s Indianapolis 500 despite his starring role in last year’s event, even though he believes it can be the best race of AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet’s season.

Pagenaud wants warm Indy 500, says cool is better for action

Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Indy 500 polesitter Simon Pagenaud says he wants a warm Indy 500 because his car is handling so well, but he believes a cool one will be better for the fans because that will help pack the field closer.

Indy 500: Penske go 1-2 in penultimate practice

The Team Penske-Chevrolets of Indy 500 polesitter Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden finished first and second as the 33 drivers turned almost 2500 laps in two hours of practice.

McLaren has "no excuses" for Alonso's Indy 500 failure

McLaren CEO Zak Brown says his team has "no excuses" for its failure to qualify for the Indianapolis 500, following Fernando Alonso's shock exit on Bump Day.

Alonso: “I prefer to be here, even 34th, than being at home”

A gutted Fernando Alonso, who has failed to qualify for the 103rd Running of the Indy 500, nonetheless believes it was better to try and fail than not try at all, and suggested he intends to return for a third attempt.

De Ferran apologizes for McLaren failure at Indy

McLaren sporting director Gil de Ferran has publicly apologized to fans, partners and Fernando Alonso for the team’s failure to qualify for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

McLaren will not buy an entry for the Indy 500

McLaren CEO Zak Brown has gone on record to confirm that his team will not be seeking to buy an entry into the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 after Fernando Alonso failed to qualify.

Indy 500: Pagenaud wins pole for Penske

Simon Pagenaud won his first ever Indy 500 pole position, and Team Penske’s 18th, defeating Ed Carpenter and his teammates with a beautifully consistent run in the Fast Nine shootout that averaged 229.992mph.

Indianapolis 500 qualifying as it happened

Follow the final day of qualifying for the 2019 Indy 500, as Fernando Alonso fails to make the starting grid and the front three rows are decided.

IndyCar updates schedule for last row qualifiers, pole shootout

The NTT IndyCar Series has issued a new schedule of events on a rain-disrupted Sunday here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and you can follow the action via live text here on Motorsport.com.

McLaren struggles continue ahead of last-chance qualifying

The six drivers due to fight for the final three slots on the Indy 500 grid got only 20 minutes of practice this morning before rain hit IMS, and Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Chevrolet had a major setup issue.

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Ericsson shines in preparation for Indy 500 debut

In an edgy build-up to the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ rookie Marcus Ericsson sidestepped the drama and qualified 13th. His race engineer Blair Perschbacher spoke to David Malsher about the newbie’s progress.

Alonso on last chance: “If it’s not enough, it’s what we deserve”

Fernando Alonso is taking a pragmatic approach to his final chance to qualify for his second Indianapolis 500, after falling 0.02mph short of guaranteeing a grid slot in today’s qualifying session.

Indy 500: Alonso, Hinchcliffe forced to face Bump Day drama

Both McLaren Racing’s Fernando Alonso and Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe will have to join the last chance qualifiers’ shootout having failed to lock themselves into the Top 30 qualifiers for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.

Indy 500: Pigot top after first qualifying runs, Alonso struggles

Spencer Pigot has put Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet on provisional pole, ahead of defending race-winner Will Power, but Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Chevy is not yet in the field after suffering a right-rear puncture.

Alonso tops six-car final practice before qualifying

Fernando Alonso set an encouraging 228mph lap in the final practice session before Indy 500 qualifying starts at 11am local time.

Alonso admits he’s worried about qualifying for Indy 500

Fernando Alonso recognizes that McLaren-Chevrolet still have a fight on their hands to make the field for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Indy 500: Daly quickest on Fast Friday, Jones tops no-tow speeds

Conor Daly led an Andretti Autosport-Honda 1-2 when he got a strong tow in his final run of the day and clocked a 231.704mph lap to edge teammate Marco Andretti who had led the day’s times for almost the whole day.

Juncos “vigorously working” to qualify for Indy 500

Juncos Racing has issued a statement that it is endeavoring to have a car ready in time to take part in qualifying for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, following Kyle Kaiser’s crash on Fast Friday.

Earnhardt Jr. to drive Indy 500 Corvette pace car

Former NASCAR star and NBC Sports analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. will pace the field for next weekend’s 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, driving a 460hp Corvette Grand Sport.

Kaiser suffers big shunt, Juncos entry now in doubt

Juncos Racing’s already questionable entry into the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 suffered a huge blow on Fast Friday when Kyle Kaiser’s car looped out of control and made heavy contact with the Turn 3 wall in the first hour.

McLaren “not panicking” over Alonso no-show on Day 3 at Indy

McLaren CEO Zak Brown says the atmosphere within the McLaren Racing IndyCar team is calm despite Fernando Alonso being left with just one practice day before qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 begins on Saturday.

Indy 500: Jones tops rain-shortened Day 3 of practice

Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa-Chevrolet driver Ed Jones topped the overall speeds and the no-tow speeds on the third day of testing for the 103rd Running of the Indy 500 presented by Gainbridge.

Matt Damon, Christian Bale to green-flag the Indy 500

Academy Award-winning actors Matt Damon and Christian Bale will serve as honorary starters for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Shank eager to stay with Arrow SPM, go full-time for 2020

Michael Shank says that Meyer Shank Racing’s relationship with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports is one he wants to renew for 2020 as he aims to enter the NTT IndyCar Series full-time.

Indy 500: Newgarden puts Penske on top again in Day 2 practice

The 2017 IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden put Team Penske-Chevrolet top of the speed charts in practice for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

Rosenqvist shunts on Day 2 of Indy 500 practice

Felix Rosenqvist crashed his Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda in the final hour of Day 2 practice for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Alonso crashes in Indy 500 practice

The first big impact of practice for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 came when the #66 McLaren Racing-Chevrolet of Fernando Alonso made contact with the wall on Day 2 of practice.

Kaiser vows troubled Juncos team will start Indy if he qualifies

Kyle Kaiser is certain that Juncos Racing will make the start of the Indianapolis 500 should he qualify, despite the team losing two sponsors.

Indy 500: Power leads Penske 1-2 after first day

Will Power and Simon Pagenaud put Team Penske-Chevrolet at the top of the speed charts in the opening day of practice for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

McLaren admits solo IndyCar project a "big step"

McLaren sporting director Gil de Ferran admits that going it alone with its Indianapolis 500 programme is a “big step” for the Woking organisation.

Indy 500: Kaiser leads Rookies and Refreshers

The seven drivers who didn't participate in the April 24 Rookies and Refreshers test for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge got their chance in a two-hour session at IMS this afternoon, with Juncos Racing's Kyle Kaiser emerging top.

Indy 500: Carpenter leads Castroneves in opening practice

Three-time Indy 500 polesitter Ed Carpenter topped the first official practice for the 103rd running of the event, heading Team Penske’s three-time race winner, Helio Castroneves.

Davison pays tribute to legendary airman grandfather at Indy 500

James Davison will pay tribute to his legendary grandfather Tony Gaze by wearing a a Royal Air Force-inspired helmet at the Indy 500.

Sponsor dropouts leave Juncos in Indy 500 limbo

The Juncos Racing team is in a fight to start its third Indianapolis 500, after two sponsors fell by the wayside.

Servia joins Team Stange Racing with Arrow SPM for Indy 500

Highly respected IndyCar veteran Oriol Servia will attempt to start his 11th Indy 500 from the wheel of the #77 MotoGator Team Stange Racing with Arrow SPM-Honda.

Kaiser confirmed for second Indy 500 with Juncos

The 2017 Indy Lights champion Kyle Kaiser will join Juncos Racing for his second entry in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season when the #32 begins practice for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.

IMS confirms 36 entries for 103rd Indy 500

A total of 36 cars will vie for the 33 spots on the starting grid in this year’s Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, although there remain two TBAs.