Fernando Alonso is in Indy!

Photo Credit McLarenHondaAndretti‏ @McLarenIndy

Photo Credit McLarenHondaAndretti‏ @McLarenIndy

Indianapolis- So here we are on a cold morning in Indianapolis and all eyes of the world are ascending upon the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The day has finally arrived The two-time F1 world champ Fernando Alonso will test in preparation his 1st appearance in Indy Car at 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. Fernando Alonso will race for Andretti Autosport.

So whats all the buzz about? Who is Fernando Alonso? Seems like a “DUH” question of course for people like me. Perhaps your a novice race fan not familiar with different series, and watch Indy Car once a year. Well to put it simply this is a reminder of what the Indy 500 means to the world.Fernando Alonso is excited to to be competitive and has stated this is more than just an experience he is here to win it. He is like a little kid…Fernando Alonso is so stoked to be at Indy.

He has conquered F1 so will Indy Car be the next conquest for Alonso, and who better to give him that opportunity than Andretti after all Mario “Been there done that”

Marco Andretti gave the car a good “shake down” before handing the car over to Alonso. Its very possible in coming years Fernando Alonso will become a fixture in the Indy car scene. He could be exactly what the doctor ordered for the Indy car series. 1st couple of laps were text book laps, With speeds in the 206-208 range. Alonso’s quickest of 7 laps is 209.883 (42.881 seconds). Weather is definitely an issue in Indy today for testing. So a rush for as much track time as possible.

This is Indy and its a different beast. You must respect the track. So this is the best place to have your 1st Indy car race. When its all said and done Fernando Alonso will have over 30 hours of practicing. He has the best resources at his disposal.

Fernando Alonso does his rookie training at IMS? Huh Rookie this guy is no Rookie. The 1st time you race at Indy your a rookie and have to go thru the rookie training cycle or “R.O.P”. Its one of the most respected traditions of the Indianapolis 500.

Alonso must complete 15 laps in the 210-215 mph range to complete phase 2 Phase 3 is 15 laps at 215+
which he completed in approximately 50 laps. As rookie tests go it looked pretty smooth. One of his best speed of 219.654 for Alonso was on his 42nd lap

There is no better team than Andretti Autosport to prepare him for the Indy 500 after all they have won 4 out of the last 12 Indy 500’s. I will say that he looked very comfortable in the car at Indy.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown says “the idea of Fernando Alonso driving this year’s Indy 500 started as a joke” Well indeed it was not a joke rather a thrilling deal for the 101st edition of the race. Zak is overwhelmed in being a part of bringing another legend to IMS. Brown says it will be a success with a good quality race running at the front.

Certainly Fernando Alonso is one of the best things to happen to Indy Car in decades

Fernando Alonso is the man who finished Michael Schumacher’s Formula One reign, and became the then-youngest champion in F1 history. A second consecutive crown was verification of his brilliance, and with Schumacher retiring, Alonso seemed certain to replace him as the sport’s dominant superstar. However no such titles have followed in the intervening years.

Born on July 29, 1981, in the Spanish city of Oviedo, Fernando Alonso’s racing career started when he was just three years-old, when he was the lucky recipient of a kart made by his father, originally for a less than enthusiastic older sister. Alonso took to racing like the proverbial duck to water. After four years spent ‘playing’ with the homemade kart, local and then national competitions swiftly followed. Alonso’s talents knew no bounds and in 92 he clinched the first of five Spanish karting championships, a tally only overshadowed by a world crown in 96… Fast forward to 2007 he moved to McLaren, giving him the chance to become the first man since Juan Manuel Fangio to score successive championships with different teams. But while the car was quick, so was his team mate Lewis Hamilton, and an intense rivalry saw the pair finish level on points, beaten to the crown by a single point by outsider Kimi Raikkonen. It was a disappointing end to a frustrating year for Alonso, whose relationship with McLaren grew increasingly strained, particularly after his evidence helped condemn the team in the Ferrari ‘spy scandal’ affair. It was hence no surprise when news came that he would be returning to Renault for 2008. Alonso’s early 2013 season was blighted by inconsistency, but fine wins in China and Spain plus seven further podiums meant he finished a clear, albeit distant, second overall to Red Bull’s all-conquering Vettel, despite his Ferrari F138 being not even the second-best car.

2014 followed the now all-too familiar feeling of frustration. Ferrari’s F14 T proved uncompetitive, and while Alonso’s heroics rescued two podiums, the team failed to win for the first time 1993. Needing new energy, Alonso opted to part ways with the Scuderia and return to ‘unfinished business’ at McLaren.

Once more, Alonso’ choice of timing for a team move was not fortuitous. While a rejuvenated Ferrari took the fight to Mercedes, McLaren dropped to the back of the grid, their revived partnership with Honda getting off to a highly difficult start. The team’s MP4-30 machine was painfully slow and unreliable, and in it Alonso scored in just two races, ending the 2015 season with a meager 11 points.

His 2016 campaign started in spectacular fashion as he walked away from a huge crash at Melbourne’s Albert Park. It forced him to sit out the following round, but he went on make the very most of his somewhat improved McLaren machinery, with some feisty drives – including a superb fifth place in Monaco – earning him 54 points, more than twice that of team mate Jenson Button.

So will 2017 bring another The Borg-Warner Trophy to the Andretti Autosport trophy case and the 1st to one Fernando Alonso. You can bet the world will be watching to find out!

The month of May is here in Indy. We are just getting started

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