Formula 1 Driver Fernando Alonso Will Test For Indianapolis 500 On May 3

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso will test for the Indianapolis 500 on May 3. (AP Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS — Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso will test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 3, marking his first time in an Indy car and driving on an oval.

The test is in preparation for his debut in the Indianapolis 500 on May 28.

The 35-year-old decided to skip Formula 1’s Memorial Day extravaganza in Monaco – a race he has won twice – to try something different. He will race a fifth car for Andretti Autosport, which also is fielding cars for Indianapolis 500 winners Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi, plus Takuma Sato and Marco Andretti.

Fans will be able to watch the Spaniard’s test – scheduled from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET –  from Turn 2, the IMS museum parking lot and the South Terrace Grandstands.

March 12: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg at street course in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Noon, ABC).
April 9: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach at street course in Long Beach (4 p.m., NBC Sports Network).
April 23: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park (3 p.m., NBC Sports Network).
April 29: Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway (9 p.m., NBC Sports Network).
May 13: IndyCar Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (3:30 p.m., ABC).
May 28: Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Noon, ABC).
June 3-4: Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix at street course in Detroit (3:30 p.m., ABC).
June 10: Raingaurd Water Sealers 600 at Texas Motor Speedway (8 p.m., NBC Sports Network).
June 25: Road America Grand Prix at Elkhart Lake, Wis. (12:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network).
July 10: Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway (5 p.m., NBC Sports Network).
July 16: Honda Indy Toronto at street course in Toronto (3 p.m., NBC Sports Network).
July 30: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio at Lexington Ohio (3 p.m., NBC Sports Network).
Aug. 20: Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway (2 p.m., NBC Sports Network).
Aug 26: Gateway 250 at Gateway Motorsports Park (9 p.m., NBC Sports Network).
Sept. 3: Grand Prix at The Glen at Watkins Glen International (1 p.m., NBC Sports Network).
Sept. 17: Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (6:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network).

 

Source : http://sports.usatoday.com/2017/04/20/fernando-alonso-test-indianapolis-500-720549/

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