Fernando Alonso will test an IndyCar featuring the 2018-specification aero kit on a road course for the first time today as he weighs up a full-time entry into the category next year.
The 2019 IndyCar calendar was revealed by the championship yesterday. None of its 17 rounds clash with the three World Endurance Championship events Alonso is already contracted to take part in next year for Toyota.
Today’s test is not likely to have a significant bearing on whether Alonso chooses to take part in the championship, but indicates how seriously he is considering the move.
If Alonso does decide to enter it is likely to involve a deal between McLaren and an existing IndyCar team, similar to that which was struck with Andretti for Alonso’s 2017 Indianapolis 500 effort. RaceFans understands a McLaren IndyCar programme would be US-based and not involve staff from its current Formula 1 operation.
Alonso led 27 laps of last year’s Indianapolis 500 before dropping out with engine failure on lap 180 of 200. He is seeking a victory in the race to complete the motorsport ‘triple crown’.
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