McLaren Honda’s Fernando Alonso’s decision to compete in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil should been admired and not criticized.
The double Formula One champion along with his McLaren team will compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in partnership with Andretti Autosport next month.
The decision to do the 500 has sadly however been criticized by some sections of the media who feel the Verizon IndyCar Series would have been better served by bringing back Tony Stewart or Danica Patrick.
Firstly, Tony Stewart is back at the Speedway next month as he is running the No.77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports One Cure Honda with Jay Howard.
Secondly the series aren’t just getting Alonso, they have McLaren too so it is affectively a two for one deal.
Alonso has endured a number of tough seasons in Formula One since returning to McLaren and by competing at the Indianapolis 500 he has the chance to do extremely well.
Alonso, after all is a racer. Alonso is receiving support from within the Verizon IndyCar Series from drivers like Juan Pablo Montoya.
Alonso was approached by McLaren Executive Director Zak Brown about competing in the Indy 500 not the other way round. This is a huge positive story for motorsport and should be celebrated and not criticized.