Defending Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi says he is delighted to welcome double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso to Andretti Autosport for the Indianapolis 500 next month.

Speaking during Wednesday’s Verizon IndyCar Series test at Texas Motor Speedway Rossi commented by saying:

“I think it’s great for INDYCAR, amazing for the series, the 500, and everyone involved at Andretti Autosport,” It’s going to be awesome to have him as a teammate. He is someone I’ve looked up to for my whole life and career.

Rossi went on to say:

The whole team works together. That was one of the things that was a huge help for me last year with Marco (Andretti) and Ryan (Hunter-Reay), who was a previous winner of the Indy 500. The team is an open book and, any questions that he has, we will help him with. You know, the goal is to have six Andretti Autosport cars that can win the race.

“Hats off to McLaren for even allowing it in the first place. It was a no-brainer for Honda, so I think that’s cool. It adds not only a huge boost to the series, but to the race, to Honda as a manufacturer and us as a team. I’m very excited for the month of May to get here.

Alonso, who is in Bahrain for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir International Circuit will join Rossi and his fellow Andretti Autosport team mate’s Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter Reay at next weekend’s Honda Grand Prix of Alabama.

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