WATCH: Fernando Alonso in running for Indy 500 pole position while Bourdais crashes out

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Fernando Alonso

FERNANDO ALONSO will compete for front row on the grid at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday after qualifying as seventh fastest on his qualifying run.

The 35-year-old Formula 1 driver produced an impressive performance in his four-lap qualifying run on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway with an average speed of 230.034mph.

Meanwhile former F1 driver Sebastien Bourdais suffered multiple fractures on the oval track in a high-speed crash.

The Frenchman lost control of his car before smashing head-on into the barriers and rolling before coming to a stop.

Drivers race 200 laps, counter-clockwise around the circuit, for a distance of 500 miles.

Due to safety issues, the race is not held in wet conditions. In the event of a rain delay, the race will be postponed until rain showers cease, and the track is sufficiently dried. If rain falls during the race, officials can end the race and declare the results official if more than half of the scheduled distance (i.e., 101 laps) has been completed.

The 101st running of the Indy 500, presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be on Sunday, 28 May, 2017

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