If Fernando Alonso can’t find some speed and misses the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, he’ll join a distinguished group of big names that missed the show.
Alonso, who made five attempts to get into the top 30 qualifiers and was knocked out three times, is one of six drivers who will be trying to make the show when Last Row qualifying starts at noon.
“Tomorrow we’ll try to do four clean, fast laps and see what happens. If we don’t make it, we don’t deserve it,” said the two-time world champion.
If Alonso would fail to qualify his McLaren Chevy entry, it would be one of the biggest stories in IMS history.
Of course the all-time jaw dropper come in 1995 when Roger Penske missed the show with Al Unser Jr. and Emerson Fittipaldi after totally dominating the 1994 race.
In 1993, defending CART champion Bobby Rahal made a late run but didn’t go quick enough to bump his way back into the line-up.
Two-time Indy winner Rodger Ward was stuck with a slow car in 1965 and never got going fast enough to qualify.
After a strong showing in 1949, the Novi team of Duke Nalon and Chet Miller were DNQs in 1950.