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Alonso repeats fourth place but gets his best speed records

Alonso repeats fourth place but gets his best speed records
Fernando Alonso, double Formula One world champion, repeated fourth place today in the fourth day of free practice with a view to the Indianapolis 500 race, but obtained his best records in terms of speed so far.
The Spanish pilot, already very comfortable in the oval, marked an average speed of 225,618 miles per hour (363.09 kilometers per hour), only below the figures obtained by Jay Howard (226,744 miles per hour), Ryan Hunter-Reay (225,826 miles per hour) and Marco Andretti (225,709 miles per hour), all with Honda engines.
The Asturian completed 96 laps of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway circuit and was ninth in the record table without a slipstream, with a mark of 223.687 miles per hour (359.98 kilometers per hour).
The day served to train the circulation in groups and with traffic, in addition to configuring the cars for the tests in view of qualifying, especially during the so-called “happy hour”, the last hour of practice; In those moments, the lower temperature on the track is used, which causes more speed and more performance of the engines.
This Friday will give way to the so-called “Fast Friday”, where the power of the turbocharger is increased and even higher speeds will be produced, according to the official website of the event.
The also Spanish Oriol Serviá (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing), 42 years old and facing his ninth experience in the Indy 500, finished this Thursday in eighth place with a top speed of 224,837 miles per hour.
On the other hand, the American Josef Newgarden gave the scare with a spectacular accident after hitting the barriers, but the pilot was completely unharmed.
In addition, Fernando Alonso published today his feelings prior to the dispute of the 101st edition of the Indianapolis 500 on the website “The Players’ Tribune”, where he assured that he needs to live that experience.
«I love racing. Real racing. And that is why, on May 28, during the biggest weekend for motorcycle sports, I will not be with my Formula One team at the Monaco Grand Prix. I’ll be in Indianapolis. Running in the Brickyard. Because I need it, “said the Spanish pilot.
“The Indy 500 is one of the biggest events in sport. Pilots from all over the world know it. I belong to it. Because I am a pilot. I have always been, and always will be, “he declared on that website, reserved for athletes to leave their sensations unfiltered, as a personal diary.
It’s time to try something new. A new circuit. A new car. A new world, “continued the Asturian, who recognizes in these lines that he had been thinking of making this leap for four or five years.
“I knew some of the names and the teams, but basically everything is new information for me. I go back to doing what I like the most, which is learning. Everyone, starting with my McLaren-Honda-Andretti team, and going through those I have met during my time in the US, has helped me a lot, “he said.
In the text, Alonso remembers how his father built a kart for his sister to use. But she had no interest in the vehicle, so it was he who used it.
“Like my first kart, this car (on the Indy 500) was not built for me. I’m not the intended pilot, but I’m going to do everything I can to make the people who built it proud. And this may be the beginning of a new journey for me too, “said Alonso.
The pilot stressed that he is not in Indianapolis on vacation or just to enjoy himself.
«I am a racing driver, I come to race. Above all, I hope that this is an experience that will take me with me for the rest of my days. I hope that the feelings I have and the things I see remain in my mind forever, “he said.
“And I hope,” he concluded, “that at the end of those 500 miles, I have learned something that I never knew.” EFE
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