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This is Fernando Alonso’s Indy 500 car

The Spaniard will attempt to win the Triple Crown in this McLaren

Published: 08 Apr 2019

Fernando Alonso seems to be enjoying his life outside of Formula One. The Spaniard has won Le Mans, launched his own racing team and just over a week ago was hooning Toyota’s Dakar Hilux around a desert.

Now, another toy. McLaren has unveiled its Indy 500 car for Alonso to have his second crack at securing motorsport’s Triple Crown (the Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans and the Indy 500) – something which only Graham Hill has done before him.

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Alonso took his first attempt at the 500-mile slog back in 2017, when he was a strong contender for an incredible rookie victory, leading 27 laps before his Honda engine failed. 

He and the team won’t have Honda to blame this time though, as the No.66 car will be powered by Chevrolet’s extremely successful 2.2-litre, twin-turbo IndyCar V6 engine. 

The ultra-low drag bodywork makes this 2019 car look quick just at a standstill though doesn’t it? Just check out that tiny rear-wing. Every extra mile per hour counts on the oval.

Hopefully the Papaya Orange livery will inspire Alonso with the spirit of Bruce McLaren’s first ever Formula One entry too – as opposed to bringing back memories of the Spaniard’s unreliable steed from his final year of F1.

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Will he be able to make history when race day rolls around on the 26 May? Have your say below…

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