After the disappointment of finishing P12 in his underpowered McLaren Honda at the F1 Spanish Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso showed up on Monday for the Indy 500 rookie and refreshers test where he put his McLaren Honda Andretti car #29 quickest of all.
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It was a 2 hour session on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in which Alonso completed 36 laps with a best of 221.63 mph, going around the 2.5 mile oval in 40.6 seconds.
Second fastest was Alonso’s compatriot Oriol Servia in his Rahal Letterman Lanigan car, with IndyCar’s lone full-time rookie Ed Jones finishing third for Dale Coyne Racing.
Sebastian Saavedra impressed with a 216.598 for Juncos Racing who are debuting in IndyCar this year.
Following the 2 hour test, all cars participated in a 4 hour long practice session.
Marco Andretti topped the lap speeds for this session with a 226.338 mph on lap 31 of his 47 lap outing. Scott Dixon ended 2nd for Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda.
Fernando Alonso ended the session in P19 with a best lap of 223.025 mph. When everyone else was setting fast speeds, Alonso was however not on track in the final hour of practice due to rear suspension problems on his car. This was rather unfortunate as Alonso lost out on some valuable Indy traffic running experience.
The hype is definitely starting to build as we close in on the date for the 101st installment of the Indy 500. With a whole extra demographic watching this year thanks for Fernando Alonso, May 23 can’t come soon enough.
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– Aditya Bhat.