F1 Champion Fernando Alonso Exclusive Test Drive: Watch Impressive Trial Before Indy 500 Arrives

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso tries an IndyCar before Indy 500 arrives. Screenshot/ Autoracing1com/ Youtube

Great motorsports superstar Fernando Alonso had a fantastic test drive in advance to the Indianapolis 500 (Indy 500) race taking place on May 28.

As announced, Formula One's two-time champion and three-time runner-up will compete in 101st Indianapolis 500 taking a break from his Mclaren- Honda ventures. Before the big day, he did an incredible test that has called the attention of all his fans on the four- cornered 'oval'. 

Alonso will drive for Andretti Autosport, which has won four Indianapolis 500s, including last year's race with Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Alexander Rossi at the wheel of the Honda-powered Dallara. Honda also powers Alonso's car on McLaren's grand prix team.

"The entire INDYCAR community - competitors, fans, media, everyone - is delighted and excited at the prospect of a driver as brilliant as Fernando making his debut in our series," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, which owns Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Verizon IndyCar Series. "Even better, he'll be making that debut in the greatest race of our year, the world-famous Indy 500."

Alonso has expressed his excitement on this new challenge as he has never raced an Indy car before or driven on a superspeedway. He even compared F1 to Indy on an ESPN interview this week. 

"I'm immensely excited that I'll be racing in this year's Indy 500 with McLaren, Honda and Andretti Autosport," Alonso said. "The Indy 500 is one of the most famous races on the global motorsport calendar, rivaled only by the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Monaco Grand Prix."

During the test drive, Fernando accidentally killed two birds on the track as reported at The Telegraph

Practice for the 101st running of the 500 begins May 15. Qualifying is May 20-21. Ticket information for the race is available at IMS.com.  

Wactch this amazing trial before the race begins. 

 

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