Alonso will race at Indy 500, and this is his car
McLarens lead Formula 1 driver, Fernando Alonso, will miss the Monaco Grand Prix. Hes swerving the most glamorous race on the F1 calendar in order to compete at the Indy 500 in the US. Jenson Button will return to the McLaren F1 team to fill his old teammates seat in Monte Carlo, while Alonso will clamber into the seat of the car you see above.Alonsos move is interesting for two reasons. One, it suggests McLaren will let the Spaniard chase other passions to compensate for the disappointing performance of the cars hes driven since returning to the team in 2015.Two, it proves hes targeted being only the second ever driver to complete motorsports Triple Crown. That consists of the Monaco Grand Prix (which Alonsos won twice), the Le Mans 24 Hours and Indy 500.Over to Fernando himself. “Its one of my ambitions to win the Triple Crown, which has been achieved by only one driver in the history of motorsport\: Graham Hill. Its a tough challenge, but Im up for it. I dont know when Im going to race at Le Mans, but one day I intend to. Im only 35\: Ive got plenty of time for that.”“Ive never raced an IndyCar car before, and neither have I ever driven on a super-speedway, but Im confident that Ill get to grips with it fast. Ive watched a lot of IndyCar action on TV and online, and its clear that great precision is required to race in close proximity with other cars on the far side of 220mph.”Yikes. The IndyCar hes racing will, like his regular company car, be a Honda-powered McLaren, campaigned by Andretti Autosport. And like his Grand Prix car, it uses a turbocharged V6 engine. Its resplendently orange colour scheme harks back to McLarens old IndyCar racers, though its collection of winglets is far more impressive.Older readers will note McLarens form in the sport. Bruce McLarens race team claimed two Indy 500 victories in the 1970s. Bruce himself was an Indy 500 victory short of claiming the Triple Crown as a driver, too, having won at Le Mans and Monaco.All told, just 17 drivers have competed at all three events, with Graham Hill being the first – and thus far only – driver to complete the Triple Crown, when he won Le Mans in 1972. Reckon Alonsos up to joining him on a list of two?