Driving the Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet, Fernando Alonso has qualified 26th, but is in good company, surrounded by former Indy 500 winners and IndyCar champions. Encouragingly, before his shunt last Thursday, he had shown top-10 pace in race trim / on race turbo boost (1.3-bar), and the team is hopeful to get his car back to speed by Carb Day.
Speaking to the media today, IMS president Boles, Penske Entertainment CEO Miles and IndyCar president Frye said that having Alonso on the Indy 500 grid for a second time (he failed to qualify in 2019) was a huge boost for all involved.
Said Frye: “[Alonso] is obviously a great racecar driver. We've got to know him the last two or three years. It's no surprise that he’s got up to speed as quickly as he has, even from the point of having the incident to coming back from there… and got back after it.
“He's one of the best ever. We're certainly glad he's here. Looking forward to seeing what he can do this weekend.
“I don't know if you'd say he's exceeded expectations because you have high expectations for a guy like that, so he's right on track."
Fernando Alonso, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
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