Indy 500 pole sitter Dixon wary of Alonso threat

A Chip Ganassi Racing steering wheel like the one Scott Dixon will use when he races in the Indy 500.

Instead, he got the scare of his life.

Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon, the 2008 Indianapolis 500 victor who captured his third Indy 500 pole position in qualifying on Sunday, was third in today's practice with a lap of 227.165 miles per hour in the No. 9 Camping World Honda. But the weather changes, the temperature the humidity changes, the wind direction changes; it completely changes how the track feels.

The suspects demanded Dixon hand over his wallet and his phone.

New Zealand also doesn't have the gun crime that plagues the United States, so "it's nothing you expect or even really see", he said.

The robbery occurred less than a mile from the Speedway, where the event will take place. Police did not immediately disclose what was taken from the two drivers. All of the focus turns to the race (on Monday). Most rookies have to come up with their own money and sponsors.

Kanaan cracked that because he's from Brazil, he's a little more accustomed to handling "this stuff". "I've had time to move on the best I could".

"Just make sure you hit with the water bottle", Andretti quipped.

American Graham Rahal is now sponsored by Steak 'n Shake and has previously been sponsored by McDonald's.

The Indy 500 combines three things America loves: speed, cars and tradition.

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Former Indy pole-winner and three-time NASCAR champ Tony Stewart made no secret of his craving for burgers. "Even though it's basically just a few miles from the US, it changes totally".

Alexander Rossi - We're getting +1400 odds with Alexander Rossi, who won this race a year ago as a rookie. "But sometimes people went out like that".

"It was a tough day on Saturday with Seb's massive crash and all my thoughts are with him for a speedy recovery, but our team spirit is so strong and I'm proud to be representing DCR in the Indianapolis 500".

Dixon declined to comment Monday. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Toronto as part of the series' media tour - and he's likely to be peppered with questions about what happened. He qualified fifth for Sunday's race.

Amid the deadly concert blast in Manchester earlier this week and the chance that vice president Mike Pence could be in town this weekend, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway discussed these security concerns at an operational briefing Wednesday afternoon.

Cheever said this is likely a one-and-done appearance by Alonso. "This year we are not in this position so we took this opportunity".

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Karam, who once said he wanted to bring Taylor Swift as an Indy 500 date, left a blank space below the logo for the year he says he'll win Indy. Also in the vehicle was another IndyCar driver, Dario Franchitti.

The Indy 500, run on the Memorial Day holiday weekend in the USA heartland, is a uniquely American event and while this year's race will not be a sell-out, over 300,000 fans are expected a the IMS making it a potential target for attacks. Still, he's the 2008 victor of the Indy 500 and ranks fourth on the all-time winning list.

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