Canada's James Hinchcliffe uninjured after crash at Indy 500

Canada's James Hinchcliffe uninjured after crash at Indy 500

The Spaniard had slipped into Sunday's "Bump Day" qualifying shootout to determine the drivers who start on the final row of the grid for the famous race.

Kyle Kaiser beat out Alonso for the final spot in the 33-car field when he finished third, one spot ahead of the Spaniard, in a six-car shootout that determined the Indy 500's last row.

Alonso clocked an average speed of 227.353 miles per hour from his four laps, slowing slightly through his efforts.

The 37-year-old Spaniard was eliminated by young United States driver Kyle Kaiser on the final run of the rain-delayed "Last Row Shootout" qualifying session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

His opportunity to qualify for the 103rd Indy 500 now hinges on Sunday in his team's backup vehicle - unless the backup auto can get on the track by 5:50 p.m. ET on Saturday for another shot. I think the Arrow vehicle was going to be good.

"We will try to do a good and clean run and hopefully that will put us in the top three positions".

McLaren engineers had worked feverishly on the Spaniard's vehicle in an effort to give him a fighting chance of qualifying for next week's race, overhauling the setup after a troubled week in Indianapolis.

And to compound the hurt for Alonso and McLaren, the other two cars which failed to make the race were both Carlin ones in the form of Red Bull-backed Patricio O'Ward and Max Chilton.

Colton Herta, a rookie with one series victory already this year, cracked the top nine on his first qualifying attempt but wasn't satisfied and made a second run later in the day.

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"It's just unbelievable", Pagenaud, who last week won the IndyCar Grand Prix on the track's road course, told NBC Sports.

The rest of the Fast 9 is Pigot's teammates Ed Jones and Ed Carpenter in Chevys, then Alexander Rossi and Sebastien Bourdais in Hondas.

"Obviously, it would be nice to be in the race next Sunday", Alonso said.

The 23-year-old Juncos Racing driver from California didn't disappoint, sweeping around with an average speed of 227.372 to edge out Alonso by the tightest of margins. But it's that kind of things that you learn.

"I was just doing what I've been doing", said an elated Kaiser. "Obviously last week was unbelievable, but this is even more special". "They've been working non-stop trying to get this auto ready and they did everything that we needed to get us in this field".

"I'm so proud of everybody that helped make this happen", Kaiser said. It's been the most emotional 48 hours of my life.

"But as I always say, I would be more than happy to race here again in the future and to win the triple crown, which is still a target or different target".

The 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 airs live at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 26 on NBC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

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