Fernando Alonso was back behind the wheel of an Indycar for the first time in 2018, when he tested at Barber Motorsports Park this Wednesday.
The double Formula 1 World Champion is once again flirting with the Indycar series, after participating in the Indianapolis 500 race in 2017.
After the Spaniard won the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier this year, and previously has won the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2006 and 2017, he now “only” needs the Indy 500, to be the just second driver all time, who has won all three races. Graham Hill is the only driver so far in the history to have won all three disciplines.
Juan Pablo Montoya is the only other current active driver with two out of three wins, having won Monaco in 2003 and Indy 500 in 2000 and 2015.
Alonso tested for the Andretti Autosports outfit in car 29, which was raced by Carlos Munoz earlier this year. The day started on a wet circuit, transferring into intermediate conditions, before ending the day on slicks. Other than that, it’s very limited regarding informations from the test, other than Alonso naturally loved trying out an Indycar at another place than the oval at Indianapolis.
It’s expected for Fernando Alonso to race in Indycar 2019 for McLaren. The team currently doesn’t field a team in the series, but like at the debut in 2017, it’s expected for them to team up with Andretti Autosports.
And now it gets a bit complicated – and quite logic at the same time.
McLaren is currently led by Zak Brown. Brown is American, and has his fingers in a lot of pies. He is co-owner of the two biggest motorsport news sites and magazines in the world. Then he is owner of United Autosports, who races in sportscar racing. That was the team who gave Alonso his sportscar debut earlier this year, when the Spaniard raced the Daytona 24 Hours.
United Autosports has a collaboration with two other big motorsport teams in the world. One of them is Walkinshaw Racing, who races in the V8 Supercars. The other is – good guess – Andretti Autosports.
So everything is connected in one huge pile, with Brown as the centre point of it all, plus an explanation of why Alonso is really good at coming up with comments, who ends up on news sites all over the world – usually with all Browns media sites as the source.
The question is – when will he race in V8 Supercars?
Fernando Alonso currently participates for Toyota Gazoo Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship, where he currently leads the Championship, and of course, won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for in June 2018.
It is expected for McLaren and Andretti Autosports to announce their entry to Indycar 2019 very shortly, plus who will team up with Alonso. There were talks for Scott Dixon for months, but that all came to a full stop when the New Zealander signed a new deal at Chip Ganassi Racing.
Alonso has already announced that he will stop driving for McLaren in Formula 1 at the end of this season.