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Fernando Alonso has failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. This comes as an enormous shock to anyone who is familiar with the champion's name. The worst part about the situation is that it wasn't Alanso's fault whatsoever, it was his McLaren team to blame. His team sent him out on the track in a car that was literally so low it was throwing sparks and scraping at any little bump, and not just once, but twice. And this was after they worked on the car all night to correct mistakes made the day prior. A team of experts working on a car worth that much to be scraping on the Indy track is quite an accomplishment when you consider how much work goes in to making these tracks as smooth as possible.
McLaren's sporting director, Gil de Ferran went on and on about how terrible he feels that his team is 100% to blame, saying, "This has been a very emotional and difficult experience, not only for me but for the whole team. I want to take this opportunity to apologize and thank the fans, not only here in the U.S. but globally, who have been following our progress. I read a lot of nice things and some great messages all over the place. So thank you, and I’m sorry we won’t be in the Indy 500."
Yeah, I bet he's sorry they won't be racing. This is going to cost them a ton of money and bad press. I can only imagine the kind of frustration Alonso is feeling right now. Watching your opportunity to race the Indy 500 slip through your fingers because the team of "experts" assigned to maintain your car screwed up so badly.. That has to be the worst kind of madness.