Alonso joins McLaren to assault Indy 500

Fernando Alonso and Michael Andretti watch the start of the final warmup for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama -- Photo by: Joe Skibinski, INDYCAR

In his bid to win the Indy 500, Fernando Alonso has rekindled his McLaren relationship to participate in the 2020 race. Alonso will drive in a third car for the Arrow McLaren SP team with Patricio O’Ward and Oliver Askew.

“Last year we had some issues and it was not the race we were expecting but this year we go again with the aim to do well and to win the race.”

“Once you experience the Indy 500 it will remain always in your heart. The fans are amazing, the show is unbelievable and the race itself you know why it’s one of the greatest in the calendar.”

McLaren are not just doing a one-off deal, they are returning to Indycar full time and doing so by joining the Arrow Schmidt Peterson team in a joint project.

“I said already last year I wanted to explore more options. I’ve been talking with Andretti Autosport as well as some other teams. Especially Andretti and McLaren are the ones that I feel in my heart and have been always like my family, from 2017 with Andretti.

“At the end, I think it was the natural choice for me to go with McLaren, especially after last year, and I think we give to the fans something back after the disappointment of last year.”

It is certainly a case of redemption for McLaren and Alonso giving last year’s debacle.

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