Fernando Alonso is one of the fittest drivers in Formula One and his fitness will be key next month when he participates in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
The Spaniard has never raced on an oval before however he has been told by fellow Indianapolis 500 competitor Juan Pablo Montoya that Indianapolis will be similar to what he experiences at the Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. The Verizon IndyCar Series chassis is composed of carbon Fiber which is the same as a Formula One chassis.
Alonso may be dealing with less horse power in the Honda engine in the back of his McLaren Andretti Honda however the engine is bigger with the Verizon IndyCar Series using 2.2 litre V6 twin turbo engine compare to the 1.6 litre turbo power unit in his McLaren F1 car.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hincliffe set the Verizon P1 Pole time for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil last year by setting a four lap average speed of 230.760mph which is approximately 10 mph faster than the top speed of a Formula One car.
Alonso will also be working with a different tyre supplier as Firestone supply the Verizon IndyCar Series. The Spaniard has a lot to learn however he has bank of four very experienced full-time Verizon IndyCar Series drivers as his team mates to help him including reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi.
Once Alonso completes some laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next month he will have absolutely no problem getting up to speed. The Spaniard has 45 days to prepare for the race, plenty of time to get ready.