Alonso delighted with Indy 500 qualifying

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Fernando Alonso labelled qualifying fifth fastest for the Indy 500 a "dream" after again impressing.

The two-time Formula One world champion and McLaren Honda Andretti entry will start from the second row in Sunday's race.

Scott Dixon will start from pole at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but Alonso has seemingly adjusted to IndyCar relatively smoothly.

Alonso was delighted with his efforts, expressing his surprise at qualifying fifth fastest.

"With everything that has happened today being among the top 5 is a dream! 15 days ago I would never have thought about fighting for the pole," the Spaniard wrote on Instagram.

"Thanks to the whole team!! Now another week of learning and race next weekend."

 

Ok la crono. Con todo lo que ha pasado hoy estar entre los 5 primeros es un sueño! Hace 15 días nunca lo hubiera pensado estar luchando por una pole. Gracias a todo el equipo y ahora una semana más de aprendizaje hasta la carrera. _______________________________ Ok for the qualy. With everything that has happened today being among the top 5 is a dream! 15 days ago I would never have thought about fighting for the pole. Thanks to the whole team!! Now another week of learning and race next weekend. #indy500 #honda #mclaren

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Ed Carpenter, Alexander Rossi and Takuma Sato were the other drivers to qualify ahead of Alonso.