The crowd gave the Spaniard a standing ovation as he climbed from his car."I felt the noise, the engine friction, I backed off and I saw the smoke and, yeah, it's a shame," said Alonso, who ended up 24th."It's a very nice surprise to come here with big names, big guys, the best in open-wheel racing, and be competitive."He still drank from a carton of milk to close out his experience at Indy, and didn't rule out a potential return."The last two weeks, I came here basically to prove myself, to challenge myself," Alonso said.26 Andretti Autosport Honda (226.802 mph) and 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan (226.757) in the No. A total of 960 laps were completed in the hour-long session as teams honed in on race-day setups a final time before Sunday's 200-lap race on the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.
Then Castroneves faded to a disappointing fifth-place finish.
As Power celebrated his 30th career Indy car victory, surpassing Castroneves and team driver coach Rick Mears for 11th on the all-time list, Castroneves graciously accepted another close-but-not-enough finish that has become all too commonplace in what is now a 48-race winless streak dating to 2014.
But there’s also the risk of losing durability at the end of a stint.
Castroneves was the only contender on Firestone blacks at the finish. We want to get the ‘W.’ But unfortunately it didn’t work out.” The two drivers who have divided the five poles among themselves this season traded setting the pace as pole sitter Power led the first 23 laps, then relinquished the lead to Castroneves after the initial pit stops.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves set the pace in Friday's final practice before Sunday's 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Penn Grade Motor Oil. 3 Shell Fuel Rewards Team Penske Chevrolet, Castroneves led the traditional Miller Lite Carb Day session with a lap of 227.377 mph as all 33 competitors turned laps in preparation for the race.