F1's Fernando Alonso cleared to compete in Indy 500 after completing orientation
Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso successfully completed his mandatory rookie orientation program on Wednesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and has been cleared to compete in the Indianapolis 500.
As is the long-standing policy of the event, race rookies must complete laps within ordered speed ranges before they are allowed to participate in the event and turn laps at full speed. The ranges for Alonso were 10 laps at 205-210 mph, 15 laps at 210-215 mph and then 15 laps between 215 and 220 mph.
He met those requirements within an hour in 51 laps, hitting a peak average speed of 219.654 mph.
Cooler track conditions meant that Alonso couldn’t start turning laps until 11 a.m. ET — Marco Andretti’s shakedown of the No. 29 McLaren-sponsored Andretti Honda took place nearly an hour later than expected.
Alonso will get one more extra practice day on Monday, May 15, in a rookie session prior to the official start of Indianapolis 500 practice.
This story will be updated.