INDIANAPOLIS – Fernando Alonso has made exactly 300 starts in racing since the start of the 1999 season. 276 of those have occurred in Formula One. But, never has the highly decorated driver raced on an oval before.
Until next month.
Alonso, 35, will take his turn on an oval for the first time of his storied career on May 3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as the Spaniard will test his Andretti Autosport/McLaren Honda for the first time on the 2.5-mile oval.
Alonso, has made five starts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before, but all were on the road course. He hasn’t even been back here since his second place finish in 2007. Now, he will go faster than he’s ever gone while trying to perfect a new race craft.
That’s why the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will give him a full day of testing before practice begins on May 15. Despite the test, he will still have to complete all the phases of Rookie Orientation on May 15 with the other rookies that day.
But, since he has no oval experience, he will have 9-5 pm ET on May 3 to get up to speed.
The Turn 2 viewing mounds, Museum Parking Lot and South Terrace Grandstands will be open for fans to watch.
Marco Andretti will shake his car down in the morning.