Fernando Alonso and McLaren have failed to qualify for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 after being bumped out at the last by Kyle Kaiser and Juncos Racing.
After McLaren sought help from Andretti Autosport ahead of the one-shot Last Row Shootout qualifying session on Sunday, Alonso ran third of the six drivers and posted an average speed of 227.353 mph. That put him ahead of Max Chilton but slower than James Hinchcliffe at the time, before Sage Karam posted a 227.740 mph to secure his spot and leave Alonso on the bubble.
With Alonso watching from the timing screens on pit road, Patricio O’Ward never realistically threatened and failed to make the race, leaving only Kaiser who could bump the two-time Formula 1 champion out.
Kaiser’s run was almost identical to Alonso’s as he started at a similar speed and faded, but the 23-year-old American held on to post a 227.372mph to ensure McLaren missed the show by just 000.019 mph.
Karam, Hinchcliffe and Kaiser will make up the last row next Sunday, with the two Carlins and the Carlin-affiliated McLaren all failing to escape from the shootout.