After failing to qualify for the 103rd Indianapolis 500, Fernando Alonso and McLaren have ruled out running a car full time in IndyCar in 2020. Many speculated that the reason for their poor performance in May was their unfamiliarity with IndyCar and that they’d need more time around IndyCar for Alonso to have a real shot at winning motor racings triple crown. Alonso has already won Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix and Le Mans.
Alonso drove in the 101st Indy 500 for McLaren Andretti, which was the last year of the previous chasis. This year marked the first time Alonso and McLaren have run the new chasis which is very different in terms of the set up of the car. Alonso’s reasoning for not competing full time in 2020 was that there are no oval races before the 500 and that the road and street courses would do him no good in preparation for the 500, while also stating running a full season is too big of a committment for the retired-F1 driver.
McLaren has also stated that if they do want to run full time in IndyCar, Fernando Alonso’s decision to not run full time is not a concern and they will seek another driver to fill the seat. McLaren and Alonso’s presence in IndyCar would be monumental for the growth of the sport worldwide as Fernando is one of the most famous international athletes on the planet.