Fernando Alonso to Run Indianapolis 500 in May
Since Fernando Alonso announced he would retire from Formula 1 competition, there have been rumors about his involvement in the Verizon IndyCar Series. While he will not run the full schedule in 2019, it is confirmed that he will drive for the Indianapolis 500 for McLaren Racing.
“We are relishing our return to the Brickyard and this incredible race,” Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing, said. “McLaren has a long and fond relationship with the Indianapolis 500 and it’s a case of unfinished business for us with Fernando. No Indy 500 is a cakewalk, it’s a massive challenge. We have the utmost respect for the race and our competitors. So, we are under no illusions. But McLaren are racers first and foremost, as is Fernando. We’re going for it.”
The opportunity is about Alonso’s desire to become the second ever driver to secure the world motorsport’s unofficial Triple Crown by winning the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, 24 Hours of Le Mans, and Indianapolis 500. After victories at Monaco and Le Mans, Alonso competed in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing last year for the first time, leading several laps before being forced to retire in the late stages with mechanical problems.
“I’ve made clear for some time my desire to achieve the Triple Crown,” Alonso said. “I had an incredible experience at Indianapolis in 2017 and I knew in my heart of hearts I had to go back if the opportunity was there. I’m especially glad to be returning with McLaren. This was always my first choice if the team decided to do it, so I’m delighted they’ve decided to go ahead. It’s a tough race and we’ll be up against the best, so it will be a huge challenge. But we’re racers and that’s why we race. One of the things I’m looking forward to most is seeing the fans again, who are absolutely fantastic.”
McLaren Racing stated details surrounding their entry will be revealed at a later date. Last year, they formed a partnership with Andretti Autosport.
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