Fernando Alonso will try for the third time in May to win the Indianapolis 500. The double world champion Formula 1 is reunited with McLaren at Arrow McLaren SP.
Alonso will drive a third team car in Indianapolis alongside regular drivers Patricio O’Ward and Oliver Askew. The Spaniard gets into car # 66, starting with the first test on April 30. The experienced Craig Hampson will be his racing engineer.
“I am a racer and the Indy 500 is the largest race in the world,” Alonso said. “I love the incredible fans that make it so special for us riders. I have maximum respect for this race and everyone who participates in it. I have a special relationship with McLaren. We have experienced a lot together and that creates a bond.”
Alonso made his debut in Indianapolis in 2017 with Andretti and McLaren sponsorship. He participated the entire race at the front, but failed with engine trouble. His second participation last year with his own team of McLaren ended disastrous. Alonso could not qualify after all kinds of problems within the team. Due to the sour relationship with motorcycle supplier Honda, Alonso had to look for a Chevrolet team again this year, which prevented a return to the Andretti team. Also McLaren, who joined the team of Sam Schmidt, drives with the American motorcycles and so the Spaniard ends up with his old F1 team.