IndyCar teams turn attention to preparing for Indy 500

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He seemed destined to win at Alabama until a flat tire forced him to pit and dropped him to 14th. Simon Pagenaud got Castroneves later as well for fourth. "If you can get on it pretty quickly, it's good".

Ryan Hunter-Reay finished third with defending series champion Simon Pagenaud fourth.

The fun starts with Team Penske once again dominating qualifying, ensuring that Will Power and Helio Castroneves are still at the front of the pack. Pagenaud won the inaugural race in 2014 and again last season.

A year ago, he won more races (five), more poles (seven) and had more top-five finishes (10) than anyone else.

After also enduring a tough start to the season, Graham Rahal took advantage of a fast auto while running on the "black" hard-compound primary Firestone tires to finish sixth, his best result of 2017.

Power's Chevrolet-powered vehicle was followed to the checkers by the Honda-powered cars of Dixon and Hunter-Reay and then his Team Penske teammates Pagenaud and Castroneves.

In 2015, he started the Grand Prix 17th and worked his way up to second. Other than that, I thought the race went really good. "It was good for everyone".

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Dixon made his 275th career start and extended his consecutive starts streak to 212 races, breaking a tie for the second-longest all-time run with Jimmy Vasser. Helio Castroneves came home in the 5th position.

The only driver he trails is Ganassi teammate Tony Kanaan, who extended his record to 270 on Saturday. If he's going to become the first American to win back-to-back 500s since 1970-71, he knows it's time to get ready.

Josef Newgarden was running in the top five but watched any chance of a podium finish disappear when he was penalized three times for speeding on pit road during the final round of pit stops and finished 11th.

Sebastien Bourdais and Charlie Kimball were the only retirements of the race, with both drivers suffering mechanical failures.

Will Power's willpower: Puns aside, it's put up or shut up time for the driver of the No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet.

In addition to Indianapolis Motor Speedway's reputation as the racing capital of the world, the historic venue has hosted everything from balloon races, golf tournaments, airplane races and major concerts.

Video recaps from this month's Honda racing activities at Indianapolis, including this weekend's road race and the Indianapolis 500 on May 28, are being posted on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel. Still, a top-10 isn't bad considering he started 16th and twice had to march through the back half of the field. Kaminsky's son Colin, who turns 18 on May 27 and was the backup goalie on Providence Catholic's state runner-up hockey team, crashed with Dev Gore on the first lap of Saturday's USF2000 race and was placed 22nd, just ahead of Gore. Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso is expected to be on the track all of next week.