Why isn't Fernando Alonso in the Indy 500 this year?
LEGENDARY F1 driver Fernando Alonso is still chasing the illusive Triple Crown.
One of just 13 drivers who have won two out of the big three, the Spaniard has been Stateside looking to complete the set with the Indy 500 – but this year won't see him compete in the famous race.
Why isn't Fernando Alonso in the Indy 500?
ALONSO first took part in the Indy 500 back in 2017 when he raced for Honda.
After a superb first-half of the event, engine trouble with just 21 laps to go left the Spaniard back in 24th place on debut.
He returned this year for another crack at the legenary Indianapolis Speedway, this time driving a McLaren car.
But after a number of turbulent practice sessions, Alonso ran into problems during the qualifying runs last weekend.
In the first session, he suffered a right rear puncture on his opening run resulting in an average speed of 225mph, which he eventually managed to get up to 227mph.
This wasn't enough to put him on the starting grid for the race though and the two-time F1 champion was forced into a shootout for the final places.
In the last row shootout, Alonso placed fourth-fastest of the six cars attempting to earn the final three spots.
As a result, he missed out on a place in Indy 500 2019.
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