May 8

IndyCar: Dixon fastest after opening day of practice

Scott Dixon prepares for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis this weekend. (Photo: Getty Images)

Scott Dixon prepares for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis this weekend. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Verizon IndyCar Series took to the newly configured road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for its first two practice sessions for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Scott Dixon put on the fastest time of the day during second practice, while Sebastian Bourdais was unable to improve on his practice one time and fell to third on the charts.

May 8

F1: Top Five Celebrated Home Grand Prix Victories

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 30:  German Fans celebrate around national idol Michael Schumacher driving his Benetton-Renault on the Hockenheim racetrack 30 July after he won the German Formula One Grand Prix. Schumacher became the first German to win a post- war home Grand Prix. Scotland's David Coulthard came in second and Austrian Gerhard Berger finished third. AFP PHOTO  (Photo credit should read JEAN-LOUP GAUTREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

German fans celebrate around Michael Schumacher after he won the 1995 German Grand Prix … but even that didn’t make our list. (Photo: Jean-Loup Gautreau/Getty Images)

Coming unto the fifth round of 2014 Formula 1 season at Barcelona, one has to wonder if Alonso can pull off the same sort of victory as he did at this circuit one year ago.

If he does, it is sure to be a popular win, as the Spanish crowds have demonstrated their passion for the two-time champion before when he has won at home. With this in mind, let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable and emotional Formula 1 home Grand Prix wins.

May 8

F1: Mercedes to test ‘megaphone’ exhaust in Spain

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP  prepares to drive during practice ahead of the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit on April 18, 2014 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Steve Etherington/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton prepares to drive during practice ahead of the 2014 Chinese Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by Steve Etherington/Getty Images)

Mercedes is preparing to show off a louder engine note during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.¬†Early this week, team chief Toto Wolff revealed that one proposed solution to the turbo V6 sound ‘problem’ is a sort of “megaphone” addition to the exhaust.

Along with Ferrari and Renault, F1′s three engine makers have been considering how to spice up the sound of F1 2014, after some spectators and promoters were shocked at the difference compared to the screaming V8s of 2013.

May 8

VIDEO: Pennzoil’s ‘Yellow Submarine’ scheme back at Indy

Pennzoil will return its iconic “Yellow Submarine” paint scheme to the Indianapolis 500 this month with three-time winner Helio Castroneves.

The bright, distinctive design earned its nickname in 1979 when Johnny Rutherford first used the scheme, then won in the car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway a year later.