Fernando Alonso’s bid to become just the second driver to win motor sport’s unofficial Triple Crown will take another step forward Sunday, May 26, 2019 when the Spaniard competes in his second Indianapolis 500.
Since his Indy 500 debut in 2017, Alonso added an overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans to his two Monaco Grand Prix victories, leaving the Indy 500 as the only box to check before he’s completed the Triple Crown. The two-time Formula One world champion will again take to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway driving an Indy car entered by McLaren Racing in 2019.
As he attempts to match Graham Hill’s feat of winning the Triple Crown, achieved in 1972, Alonso will deepen McLaren’s history at Indianapolis. The brand also participated in 1974 and 1976 with Johnny Rutherford driving.
“We are relishing our return to the Brickyard and this incredible race,” McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown said. “McLaren has a long and fond relationship with the Indianapolis 500 and it’s a case of unfinished business for us with Fernando.
“No Indy 500 is a cakewalk; it’s a massive challenge. We have the utmost respect for the race and our competitors so we are under no illusions. But McLaren are racers first and foremost, as is Fernando. We’re going for it.”
An engine failure brought Alonso’s first “500” to a premature end last year. In 2019, Alonso will come to grips with the universal aero kit that will be new to him beyond his recent road course test at Barber Motorsports Park.