Tuesday, 25 June 2019 | 12:24 WIB

Fernando Alonso Stutters at the Indy 500

Fernando Alonso Stutters at the Indy 500 (dailyexpress)

INDIANAPOLIS, NETRALNEWS.COM - Former Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso has performed poorly at the Indy 500 event. Even though he moved from the most prestigious race in the world, Formula 1, Alonso is expected to shine again.

The Spaniard did not qualify for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday (05/19/2019) local time. Frenchman Simon Pagenaud came out as the best timekeeper and won the pole position for the May 26 race.

Kyle Kaiser got rid of Alonso from the last place in the 33-car race when he finished third or one place ahead of Alonso in the qualifying six cars to determine the last line of the Indy 500.

Kaiser, 23, sped on an average of 227,372 miles per hour in four laps, or 0.019 mph in front of Alonso, which averaged 227,353 mph with the Chevrolet prepared by McLaren.

"We never give up. We keep trying," Alonso, 37, told reporters after a tough weekend at the racetrack.

Alonso had an accident when his Chevrolet crashed during training last Wednesday and missed almost two days of full training when his spare car was prepared.

Then he tried five times last Saturday to qualify to patch the tires at the first opportunity. Alonso was ready to compete quickly on Sunday last week, but did not succeed in reaching the speed he wanted to qualify.

"I think the car feels better today than we did yesterday. Therefore, I am happy with what we have tried," he told reporters before he knew he had not escaped.

Pagenaud went through four laps with an average speed of 229.992 mph to become the first Frenchman to occupy pole position since Rene Thomas in 1919.

"Very great," said Pagenaud, who last week won the IndyCar Grand Prix on the highway track, to NBC Sports. "It's obvious that last week was amazing, but this one is far more special."

He will join Ed Carpenter (229,889 mph) and Spencer Pigot (229,826) in the front row.

But the Cinderella story belongs to Kaiser the last rider or the 33rd who passes to the main race.

"I don't think I can explain what we have done," Kaiser said after removing Alonso from the arena. "The team's biggest award. They work nonstop trying to get this car ready for us and they have done everything we need to enter this arena."