McLaren Honda Andretti driver Fernando Alonso showed on Tuesday why he will be one to watch during next weekend’s 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
The double Formula One champion ran in traffic with his team mate’s during Tuesday’s second day of official Indianapolis 500 practice and kept pace with them.
Alonso also practiced overtaking in traffic and being overtaken and retaking his position placing himself perfectly on circuit.
The Spaniard’s car looked perfectly set-up and balanced. Alonso showed little movement in the steering wheel of the No.29 Honda and completed 117 laps during the day.
Aloso pulled a fantastic overtake going three wide down the back striaght down down the middle of Indianapolis 500 winners and Verizon IndyCar Series veterans, Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Shell Fuel Rewards Chevrolet and Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet.
Alonso has been extremely impressive from the moment he hit the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Alonso set the 24th fastest time on Tuesday. The Spaniard has three more days in the car until qualifying for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 which takes place on Saturday and Sunday.
Alonso will than be back in the car with the rest of the field for Carb Day which takes place on Friday.
When qualifying takes place over the weekend Alonso’s Honda power unit will be turned up for race mode which will allow him to get up to speed for the session.
Andretti Autosport have six cars in the 101 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 with Jack Harvey joining the team in the No.50 Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport having passed the rookie orientation programme on Tuesday.
The pair join Verizon IndyCar Series Andretti Autosport regulars Takuma Sato, Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter Reay and reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi in the field for the race.
Alonso is certain to be competitive in the race following his strong start to the Month of May.