Alonso uninjured after crash during Indy 500 practice

Carrie Guzman
May 18, 2019

Fernando Alonso says he has "no fear" about climbing back into the cockpit after his huge crash wrecked his McLaren Indycar on Wednesday.

This time, it was 2017 NTT IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden who had the fastest lap of the 3,219 turned on the second day of Indianapolis 500 practice.

McLaren have set up a new team to run Alonso at the prestigious Indy 500 this year as he seeks to become only the second man in history to complete motorsport's unofficial "triple crown", which also includes the Monaco Grand Prix and Le Mans 24 Hours, both of which he has already won. On Tuesday, an electrical issue sent the No. 66 Chevrolet into the garage early.

This return to Indy has so far been horrific for the proud McLaren group, which on opening day had to replace the alternator and entire wiring loom on Alonso's auto.

But at 12:34 p.m. His entry this year is with McLaren, which is back at Indianapolis for the first time since the 1970s.

Alonso climbed out of the vehicle on his own power. The primary auto will be prepared and available as the backup before Saturday's qualifications. Defending victor Will Power, the Australian driver for Team Penske, and British driver Jack Harvey of Meyer Shank Racing both avoided hitting Rosenqvist's auto.

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The team said it was unlikely they would run again on Wednesday, but there was a small possibility they might get out for a few laps at the end of day if they felt they could get the vehicle ready without rushing it.

"A shame, but that's how it is".

The 2018 victor set the field ablaze with his #12 5G entry with a 229.745mph average speed lap across the 2.5mile oval with Indy GP race victor Pagenaud narrowly behind on a 229.703mph lap. That was set during Tuesday's opening day of practice.

Ferran said that his primary focus is not about the full-time operation but rather doing the best in the Indianapolis 500. I tried to lift off and avoid the wall. "We look forward to her delivering another stirring, poignant rendition just before engines are fired for 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing'".

"I think it was just pure understeer that I didn't expect", Alonso said. "Still trying to figure out exactly what we need on the race auto, that was kind of our focus today".

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