The Verizon IndyCar Series have worked extremely hard under the leadership of Mark Miles and his team over last few years to attract big names drivers to the sport.

That work is paying dividends as not only have they secured a deal for Fernando Alonso, probably the most well known Formula One drivers to compete in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil BUT the sport along with Doug Boles fron the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have managed to bring the McLaren name back to the Speedway.

The Verizon IndyCar Series has grown in popularity in recent years with extremely close racing and certainly so far this season unpredictability with two of the smaller teams in the series coming to the front in the opening two races of the season.

The fact that Fernando Alonso will compete at the Indianapolis 500 this year opens up a new fan base for the series as Alonso is an extremely popular driver among motorsport fans.

Following two difficult season’s in Formula One to be given the opportunity to race at the Indianapolis 500 with one of the biggest teams in the Verizon IndyCar Series is a huge opportunity for Alonso and one he grab with both hands.

Andretti Autosport have a proven track record at the Indianapolis 500 having won two of the last three races there Alonso will be up to speed in no time.

The double Formula One world champion has received huge support from within the Verizon IndyCar Series from both drivers and rival teams congratulating him and supporting the move.

In getting Alonso on board this year, the Verizon IndyCar Series have ensured that all eyes from the motor racing world will ne on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29.

Alonso with the support of Andretti Autosport, McLaren, Honda and Firestone should have all the tools he needs to show what he can do in a competitive car.

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