The 23-year-old Kaiser, the last driver to take the track, averaged 227.372 mph for his four laps, a mere 0.019 mph ahead of Alonso's 227.353 mph average in the McLaren-prepared Chevrolet.
The Fast Nine Shootout and the Last Row Shootout will take place on Sunday, the last day of qualifying for next week's Indy 500. But the entire process has been a disaster from opening day because of electrical issues, an Alonso accident, a lengthy delay in rebuilding him a vehicle, a tire puncture on his first qualifying attempt, and, finally, a auto too hard to handle for Alonso to qualify in the top 30 on Saturday. "We didn't have it yesterday, but I just knew, if we were better than the guys we needed to be better than today for four laps, we would do our job". "I'm sorry for the team, but we will learn, and hopefully, we will come back stronger tomorrow".
Fernando Alonso has failed to qualify for this year's Indianapolis 500 following an inconsistent pace with his McLaren.
Kyle Kaiser beat out Alonso for the final spot in the 33-car field when he finished third, one spot ahead of the Spaniard, in a six-car shootout that determined the Indy 500's last row.
The path to missing the 33-driver field began when the vehicle was not ready the moment Texas Motor Speedway opened for the April test. He had a four-lap qualifying average of 229.992 miles per hour to edge Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot and give Chevrolet a clean sweep of the front row for next Sunday's race.
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"There's a mixture of emotions going on inside of me, but we are racers".
"I am angry at myself because I was uncomfortable all the way up to the first test, and I should have followed my instinct to get more involved".
A devastated Alonso immediately fled the media scrum he was talking to on pit row when Kaiser's time appeared on the big screen.
"I've had more fun days, if I'm honest with you", said Hinchcliffe. "As a race vehicle driver, we love driving IndyCars to the limit and you definitely get a chance to do that here with qualifying".
"It's just fantastic", Pagenaud, who last week won the IndyCar Grand Prix on the track's road course, told NBC Sports.
"We'll come back fighting".
"Team Menards and Team Penske have been phenomenal about giving me the best equipment", said Pagenaud, who celebrated his 35th birthday on Saturday.