Andretti drivers enthusiastic about Alonso's Indy 500 run

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The famous race will celebrate its 101st running in 2017 and Fernando Alonso is aiming to mark his debut with a victory.

Above: Fernando Alonso gets comfortable in Marco Andretti's No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda. In all honesty, I'll jump for joy when Alonso actually finishes an F1 race this year.

Alonso is scheduled to arrive at Barber Motorsports Park ahead of Sunday's Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

Fernando Alonso doesn't expect his Indy 500 experience to be a cakewalk, much in the same way many of his competitors in the F1 paddock question why he would miss a race - Monaco, at that - to compete on an oval. It's part of his quest to win what's considered the Triple Crown of racing - Alonso already has won the Monaco Grand Prix - but this bid will require him to master new cars and racing styles.

"You must be really lucky, slipstream is very odd, but the talent of Alonso, all of the drivers in Formula One say is one of the best ones in a auto".

Fans can watch testing for free from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. from the Turn 2 viewing mounds, Museum parking lot and South Terrace Grandstands. "It won't happen. I'm 46 and you need to be 18 to race now", he said, with some exaggeration about the younger end of the spectrum given that nine times Le Mans victor Tom Kristensen of Denmark retired at 47. Alonso will be on hand for the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama.

"This obviously is not how I had hoped this would play-out, but I've done everything there was to do since surgery last Tuesday with good results", Hildebrand, 29, said in a statement. "I certainly think he has the talent to adjust, adapt and get on with it". Ed gave me my first chance to test an Indy vehicle a few months ago. Pigot, of Orlando, Fla., is the 2015 Indy Lights champion and winningest driver in the Mazda Road to Indy driver development program.

Brown said: "Everyone in pit lane who has a seat available would want to talk to him. And if it's not this year, we will plan it for the next attempt".

NBC Sports Network will air qualifying at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday.



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