"I heard they got a free meal out of it", Kanaan said. "We want to maintain as much of that lift as we could and we're really pleased with how much we gained".
Dixon is a four-time IndyCar series champion and looms once again as the man to beat this year after an impressive start to the season.
The 101st running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing begins at 11 a.m. Sunday on ABC.
Three-time Indy 500 victor Johnny Rutherford accepted Alonso's award, and predicted he would win the race Sunday. "Crews from all six cars from Andretti, they were working on my auto to make it happen".
Rossi ended Alonso's hopes of becoming the first rookie to win the pole.
Five hundred miles of racing is not just two had a half times the length of what he is accustomed to - assuming his McLaren-Honda lasts that long; it is also an ever-changing kaleidoscope of track conditions, movement and strategy that requires the help of someone seeing the picture from every angle around the auto.
It's an odd position for Chevy, the dominant manufacturer since it returned to IndyCar competition in 2012, and has the makings for an ugly Indy 500 for the Bowtie Brigade.
"The goal for Saturday was to lock into the top nine", said Hildebrand, which, under IndyCar rules, guaranteed a starting spot in the first three rows.
"I love to race".
Unser has no doubt that Alonso has the potential to win the race, describing him as "here to win". "He did very well in qualifying, but he's not on the pole".
Alonso moved into contention for the pole after series officials bumped up the horsepower in Friday's practice.
"Kicked me out for three days", Karam said, laughing.
"We made some significant changes related to our gates, what we allowed folks to bring into the venue and how we were going to manage it".
"I want to live the moment, I want to live the experience", said the two-time F1 world champion. He has raced in two Indy 500s before, the last of which was two years ago.
It only survived through one more attempt. Ed Carpenter was the highest-qualifying Chevy driver at second, and teammate JR Hildebrand was sixth. I had an overboost problem in lap 2 out of the last corner, and it was like hitting the brakes.
Once he was on the track, though, Alonso never fretted.
It sure didn't affect him Monday. He qualified fifth for Sunday's race. "It's part of the Commonwealth so I feel a little bit at home", he said. There are just too many positive stories.
The celebrity red carpet parade gets underway at 8.30am local time, almost four hours before the race itself actually starts.
And what about an Andretti team member winning it? As always, patrons are encouraged to be vigilant, and as we constantly remind the public; if you "See Something, Say Something".
Like Alonso, Rossi also came to IndyCar via F1, albeit at an earlier stage of his career.
"For me, and I think for Jack as well".
New Zealand motorsport ace Scott Dixon will be travelling at about 370kmh this weekend when he races around the Brickyard in Indianapolis, from pole in the Indy 500.