Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will race for McLaren at the Indianapolis 500 on May 28 in a surprise switch that will see the Spanish driver miss the Monaco Grand Prix on the same day.
It will be Alonso’s first drive in the biggest car race in the United States as he steps up his bid to win what he regards as the “Triple Crown” of motor sport: the Monaco GP, the Indianapolis 500 and the Le Mans 24 Hours race.
“It’s a tough challenge,” said the 35-year-old Alonso, who has twice won in Monaco and hasn’t competed at Le Mans. “But I’m up for it.”
McLaren made the announcement yesterday, saying the Monaco GP will be the only Formula One race that Alonso will miss. The British-based team hasn’t announced who will replace Alonso for the glitziest race on the F1 calendar.