Fernando Alonso getting close to Indy500 deal with Andretti!

09-01-2020 12:03
by Adam Newton
Fernando Alonso getting close to Indy500 deal with Andretti!

Fernando Alonso is getting closer to a deal to race the Indy500 with the Andretti team, according to team boss Michael Andretti. In 2017, Alonso raced the famous oval circuit in a McLaren-Honda-Andretti, qualifying fifth before engine failure after 179 laps.

Alonso returned to the Brickyard in 2019, but failed to qualify in his McLaren, leaving the Spaniard still looking for the title that would earn him the Triple Crown of motorsport.

Andretti told RACER: "It’s not done yet but it’s looking pretty good. We want it to happen, and I’ve just got to figure out how to get it funded.

"I think we can find a sponsor, but do I roll the dice, sign him and then hope to get it funded? I really enjoy working with the guy, and I want to make it happen."

Andretti also suggested that the two time F1 world champion could race for the team at other events as well, adding: "We talked about it and it’s possible, but nothing before Indianapolis.

"I don’t want to do anything to hurt our other efforts, but it would be great for the series."

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