McLaren Honda Andretti’s Fernando Alonso in the No.29 Honda had an extremely busy day of practice ahead of the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The double world champion completed 96 laps and ended the day in fourth place overall and was able to run in traffic throughout the day.
Alonso felt the balance of the car was good when he was behind other cars in traffic. Speaking about the session, Alonso who ended up as the third fastest Andretti Autosport car behind Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda and Marco Andretti in the No.27 United Fiber and Data Honda.
Speaking following his day in the car Alonso commented by saying:
I was (running) behind a car just a couple of seconds in front, but we (tried some laps) without any car in front. We tested a couple of different trims and different setup options. The car felt quite OK from the very beginning of the morning, but then I think we did improve it during the day, so I’m quite happy. We worked still a lot on the race situation, keeping other guys out there and running in traffic. I think we found a good balance for traffic. I think tomorrow we will concentrate a little bit more alone on qualifying, but the priority is the race.”