Fernando Alonso‘s quest to make his second appearance in the Indianapolis 500 has become somewhat more of a challenge after crashing his No. 66 McLaren Chevrolet during Wednesday’s (May 15) practice.
He was checked and released from the infield car center following the accident.
The car spun out going into a corner and bounced the back end off the inside wall before hitting the outside wall, damaging a front wheel setup.
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“Even if I lifted the throttle on the entry to the corner, nothing happened,” Alonso told NBC Sports. “The wall came too close and too fast. I’m sorry for the team that we lost some running time, but we will learn and come back stronger tomorrow.”
Alonso competed in Formula 1 for 17 seasons and won two World Championships driving for Renault in 2005-06.
Alonso ran the 2017 Indianapolis 500 for McLaren in a joint deal with Andretti Autosport, leading 27 laps before exiting the race on lap 179 with a blown engine.
Qualifying for the race begins Saturday, while the race itself is Sunday, May 26 at Noon ET, with television coverage on NBC.