Alonso and McLaren miss Indy 500 on first day of qualifying

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Alonso made five four-lap runs on Saturday but just missed out on a guaranteed place on the grid given to the fastest 30 cars.

Minutes after the last row shootout drama had unfolded - and collapsed - for McLaren and Fernando Alonso, the top-nine runners went gunning for pole position glory.

Karam and James Hinchcliffe of Oakville, Ont., who crashed in Saturday qualifying and needed a backup, took the other two qualifying spots.

Alonso was driving a auto run by McLaren, who set up a new team with Fernley at the helm specifically for this year's event.

"I think the auto felt better today than what we had yesterday".

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But the entire process has been a disaster from opening day because of electrical issues, an Alonso accident, a lengthy delay in rebuilding him a auto, a tire puncture on his first qualifying attempt, and, finally, a vehicle too hard to handle for Alonso to qualify in the top 30 on Saturday.

Fernando Alonso's latest bid for Indianapolis 500 glory ended in failure on Sunday after the two-time Formula One world champion failed to qualify for the U.S. motorsport showpiece. -Goliath sports battle - tiny Juncos Racing against legendary McLaren and Kaiser vs. Alonso. "They've been working non-stop trying to get this vehicle ready for us and they did everything that we needed to get into this field".

But the Cinderella story belonged to Kaiser, the 33rd qualifier.

"Fernando has done nothing wrong, he needs to be in the race and should be in the race and we do have a lot of partners who would like to be in the race", Brown said.

"I don't think I can wrap my mind around what we just did", he said after bumping Alonso from the field.

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"I am angry at myself because I was uncomfortable all the way up to the first test, and I should have followed my instinct to get more involved".

"We want to earn our place in the field", De Ferran said.

"I've had more fun days, if I'm honest with you", said Hinchcliffe. "So I literally had to sit there sweating it out, and all that was going through my head was, 'Not again, please not again, please, please not again!"

"We didn't give you a vehicle that was fast enough". Starting sixth is not bad, but I really want a pole here.

The two-times F1 world champion had hoped to secure a win at this year's Indy 500 to become just the second driver in history to win motorsport's "Triple Crown" with wins at the Le Mans 24 Hours, Monaco Grand Prix, and Indy 500.

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Gregg Doyel in the Indianoplis Star said the team's "incompetence has been breathtaking", with doubts as to whether the team was adequately prepared for a shot at such a big race.