HE’S BACK! Fernando Alonso To Run 2019 Indy 500

HE’S BACK! I just picture Alonso taking the place of Russ (Randy Quaid) in Independence Day when he flies into the alien ship screaming “I’m back.” That’s Alonso, just less crazy, beardless, and doesn’t think the US government is after him.

After contesting the 2017 Indianapolis 500 Fernando Alonso will return to the speedway in 2019 as he attempts to win the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Alonso and McLaren announced Saturday that the two would return to Indianapolis because as they stated: “It’s a case of unfinished business for us with Fernando.” After qualifying 5th in 2017 Fernando Alonso made his way to the lead before his motor expired with 21 laps to go. Easily one of the quickest cars all month and in the race the 2-time F1 World Champ who skipped Monaco due to Honda’s engine woes was ironically bitten by his Honda IndyCar engine having woes.

Fernando Alonso is on a quest to win racing’s Triple Crown. That consist of the Monaco Grand Prix, 24 Hours of LeMans, and the Indianapolis 500. Alonso won LeMans earlier this summer driving for Toyota, he won Monaco in 2006 and 2007. Now he looks to complete to Triple Crown with a win at Indianapolis in 2019.

The team did not announce who they would partner with for the 500 and what engine they would be running. McLaren/Alonso running Honda engines has been a much talked about topic as the team explored a full-time IndyCar team for 2019. Honda has said they would supply the team with an engine.

Alonso has a contract with Toyota in the World Endurance Championship which could be a hang up for Honda. Either way, both motors were strong at Indianapolis last year with Chevy having a slight advantage. It will be interesting to see how this aspect of the deal plays out.

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