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Half of the post showed the No. 29 Honda he'll pilot at Indy, and the other half featured the last auto he drove at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which also happened to be a McLaren.

Thus was the introduction to the month of May for Alonso. Last year, rookie Alexander Rossi won the race for Andretti's team. The vehicle goes in and out of being good and bad and this and that.

"It took one corner", he said.

It's a big challenge - even for a Formula One star. You just have to remind yourself exactly what you were driving two weeks ago.

"You know, that's all you can ask for". He covered 35 laps with a top average speed of 221.634 miles per hour around the 2.5-mile oval. He came in fourth at 223.960 for Andretti Autosport. The first session is set aside for rookies and entrants returning after a significant absence from the vent. "We did a lot of laps, a lot of learning, some group running, finally with some traffic".

"I don't have the experience, and I don't have the time".

"But we did not do much running in traffic, so that's still the thing that I need to go through in the next couple of days". Now Alonso will spend the next four days trying to make up for lost time before qualifying begins Saturday. Instead, he'll focus primarily on race setup. But he's a race driver and he knows that, when it gets to a certain condition, you just don't push it any more.

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Three-time race victor Helio Castroneves was second at 224.287.

"We went through many, many things, from Formula One to talking about the tyres here, how they perform, to talking about the fires in Formula One", smiled the Spaniard.

"Everything went very smooth", Alonso said.

Still, most expect Alonso to be in the mix on race day.

"Today, I was happier", he said.

"Today, I was happier, I felt better in the auto", he said. Two-time Indy 500 pole sitter Ed Carpenter ran third with a lap of 224.969 miles per hour in the No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet. We started gaining experience on the track with the vehicle, working on getting close to the other cars and getting comfortable. "Still a long way for me to work and to learn, but definitely I feel some good steps today".