Cape Town - If Fernando Alonso returns to
Indianapolis this year for a third attempt at the Indy 500 it won’t be
with Andretti Autosport as Honda has reportedly said NO.
Last week Spanish daily Diario AS reported that Alonso and Andretti
Autosport were on the verge of announcing that the Spaniard would join
the team for this year’s Indianapolis 500.
According to the newspaper, Alonso would race the #29, teaming up
with Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter Reay, Bryan Herta and Marco Andretti.
That, however, has been scuppered by Andretti’s engine partner, Honda.
RACER is reporting that the deal was ‘vetoed at the 11th hour’ by
Honda, who are not yet ready to let go of Alonso’s “GP2 engine” comment.
Before the deal could be confirmed, Honda Performance Development
needed ‘final clearance’ from the big bosses in Japan. They told HRD
‘not to proceed’.
That leaves Alonso will only Chevrolet as an option for a 2020 Indy bid, and those seats are limited.
Top Chevy-powered teams, Team Penske and Ed Carpenter Racing, both
have full cards leaving only Arrow McLaren SP, Dreyer & Reinbold
Racing, DragonSpeed, Juncos Racing and A.J. Foyt Racing.
Alonso only needs to win the Indianapolis 500 to be claim a Triple
Crown: the F1 Monaco win, the Indy 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.