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F1 News Around the World: Formula 1 double world champion Fernando Alonso’s Indianapolis 500 debut continues, the Spaniard has made it clear that he’s racing at the Brickyard because he is a “racer.”

“The first car I ever raced in wasn’t built for me. It was for my sister”, Alonso explains via the Players’ Tribune.

“My dad wanted her to drive go-karts, like he used to. So, in our garage, he built her one — from scratch. The only problem was, she was an eight-year-old girl who had no interest in spending her weekends racing around the go-kart circuits of northern Spain.”

“So he put three-year-old me in there. The kart was a little big at first. I couldn’t quite reach the pedals, but we adjusted the seat, moved the pedals up and made it work.” READ FULL

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Alonso Will Keep Running the Indy 500 Until He Wins

When the source Racer Magazine – asked if he would continue returning to Indy until he won the 500, he replied, “yeah, probably.” It’s all part of his plan to win the so-called Triple Crown of motorsport, a feat only accomplished by fellow F1 champion Graham Hill.

“The ultimate target and goal is to win this race, to win Le Mans, to win another Formula 1 world title,” Alonso told Racer. “I’m lucky enough that I want to race the Indy 500 and the planets move, the stars move and I’m here. . .And in the future I’m sure that I want to do the 24 Hours of Le Mans and I’m sure I will find a seat there as well.”

“So thanks to those big opportunities and the luck I have to be able to participate in those, winning is the next target. If I’m able to enjoy it [at Indy] and I’m able to have another opportunity, why not?”… READ FULL

Would Fernando Alonso Actually Leave F1 To Race In IndyCar Full-Time?

American race fans have been buzzing for nearly a month about Fernando Alonso’s entry in the Indianapolis 500. And many have wondered whether the one-off drive might prompt Alonso to ditch Formula One and pursue a full-time race seat in IndyCar.

Alonso’s frustration over McLaren-Honda’s situation essentially has reached a tipping point, and with his contract set to expire at the end of 2017, he’s in the perfect position to jump ship and join a new series. Although his Indy 500 bid makes IndyCar the category he’d most likely end up in if he were to do so, chances are he won’t be racing stateside in 2018… READ FULL

Indy 500 rivals see Alonso as ‘one of the greatest living racing drivers’

IndyCar drivers are honoured by the prospect of racing alongside one of the “greatest living racing drivers” when Fernando Alonso contests the Indy 500, according to last year’s pole winner James Hinchcliffe.

When asked what the reaction to Alonso’s participation has been like among the 32 drivers he will contest the Indy 500 alongside, Hinchcliffe told ESPN: “Just huge excitement to have a guy with his credentials and following to come here. He’s one of the drivers that is in the conversation for greatest living racing drivers… READ FULL

How Indy 500 qualifying works

The qualifying format for the Indianapolis 500 is rather more complicated than that used in Formula 1. Firstly, qualifying is held over two days – the Saturday and Sunday on the weekend before the race.

The running order for qualifying is decided by a random draw made following the “Fast Friday” practice session. Each car is allowed two warm-up laps before beginning their qualifying attempt. A member of the team will wave a green flag on the main straight if the lap will be the start of a qualifying run.

Rule 8.4.3.3 of the IndyCar regulations states that… READ FULL


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