Alonso to join Andretti for third Indy bid

Date published: January 31 2020

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Fernando Alonso will return to Indianapolis this year, making his third bid for motor racing’s Triple Crown.

Stepping away from Formula 1 briefly in 2017, Alonso tried his hand at the Indianapolis 500 in a Andretti-backed McLaren-Honda.

Unfortunately for the Spaniard, who led several laps of the race, his Honda engine let him down and he was forced to retire.

Two years later he was back, this time collaborating with second-year IndyCar team Carlin.

Alonso failed to make it out of qualifying.

Alonso has since parted ways with McLaren, leaving him free to partner with anyone he wants for a third Indy bid.

He’s is, according to Diario AS, back with Andretti.

Although no official announcement has been made, the Spanish newspaper reports that Alonso will join Andretti for the race and will once again be powered by Honda.

He will race the #29, teaming up with Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter Reay, Bryan Herta and Marco Andretti.

The double F1 World Champion only needs to win the Indianapolis 500 to be claim a Triple Crown: the F1 Monaco win, the Indy 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

And 2020 could be Alonso’s last shot, at least for several years, after the Spaniard expressed his desire to return to the F1 grid in 2021.

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