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'Anyone can win', says Alonso before his Indy 500 debut

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 01:04

Double Formula One champion Fernando Alonso say that 'anyone can win' as he looks forward to his debut drive in the Indy 500 on Sunday

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SHOWS: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (MAY 23, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MCLAREN HONDA ANDRETTI DRIVER, FERNANDO ALONSO, SAYING: "I think anyone can win the Indy 500 of the 33 drivers because it's an unpredictable race, and everything has to come in your way to win that race. It's not a plan that you can think in advance, you know? You need to to keep improvising. But I go there with open mind, knowing that, you know, the race is going to be difficult. I will lack experience in some of the moments, crucial moments of the race. But I want to live the moment, I want to live the experience. I'm sure it will be very unique." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MCLAREN HONDA ANDRETTI DRIVER, FERNANDO ALONSO, SAYING: "And then on Sunday, when the race time arrives, 300,000 people, 400,000 people in a sport event is something that has no comparison to any other sport event in the world. So, even the Olympic Games, or the Super Bowl cannot put 400,000 people in one place on one Sunday. So this is very unique." STORY: Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso, told Reuters on Tuesday (May 23) he was entering this weekend's Indy 500 with an "open mind", just as able to win as any other driver. The rookie Spaniard will make his Indy debut from the second row in fifth position in the number 29 McLaren Honda Andretti car. "I think anyone can win the Indy 500 of the 33 drivers because it's an unpredictable race, and everything has to come in your way to win that race. It's not a plan that you can think in advance," Alonso said. Alonso took leave of the F1 circuit to train on simulators, practice on the oval and pick the brains of his Andretti Motor Sports team mates in a cram-course on driving at the fabled Brickyard. Alonso said he felt privileged to add the Indy 500 to his already storied career. "And then on Sunday, when the race time arrives, 300,000 people, 400,000 people in a sport event is something that has no comparison to any other sport event in the world. So, even the Olympic Games, or the Super Bowl cannot put 400,000 people in one place on one Sunday," Alonso said. The 101st running is scheduled for Sunday, May 28 at 11:00 am EDT (1500 GMT).

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'Anyone can win', says Alonso before his Indy 500 debut

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 01:04