Alonso joins forces with McLaren for Indy500

Date published: February 25 2020

The pros and cons of Fernando Alonso returning

Fernando Alonso and McLaren will join forces again as the Spaniard attempts to complete the Triple Crown at the iconic Indianapolis 500.

Alonso is joining team-mates Patricio O’Ward and Oliver Askew at Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet having reached an agreement with the team to race in a third car.

His first outing will be in the Indy 500 open test on April 30.

“I am a racer and the Indy 500 is the greatest race in the world,” Alonso said upon confirmation.

“I love the incredible fans who make it so special for all of us drivers and make me want to come back.

“I have maximum respect for this race and everyone who competes in it and all I want to do is race against them and give my best, as always.

“It was important for me to explore my options for this race but Arrow McLaren SP has always been at the top. I have a special relationship with McLaren; we’ve been through a lot together and that creates a bond, a loyalty that is strong.

“But more than that I am impressed with how the new organization and operation is developing into a strong package with the Chevrolet partnership. The team has experienced, well-qualified people and great resources, and I’m confident we can be competitive.

“I’m focused and excited to begin our preparations. It will also be great to work with Oliver and Pato, two fantastic young talents for the future who are growing all the time.”

Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing stated: “We’ve always said we’re open to running Fernando in a third car for the 500, so we’re delighted he’s decided to join us.

Fernando is one of the greatest drivers in the sport and it’s fantastic to have him as part of the team. It’s a fine way to contest our first Indy 500 as Arrow McLaren SP and to have Ruoff Mortgage backing Fenrando is a perfect partnership.”

Team co-owner Sam Schmidt added: “Adding Fernando to the team brings a level of experience and expertise that will benefit our two young talented full-time drivers in Oliver and Pato. We have fast cars at Indy and fully believe he has the talent to run at the front, not just participate.

“That, combined with Chevy power and the experience of the team, will make this trio of drivers one of the strongest in the field.”

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