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Alonso Reveals Indy 500 Helmet Design

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

In less than 24 hours, two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso will officially begin his journey towards the 101 Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 28.

The 35-year-old Spaniard is set for his first test on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. ET on the 2.5-mile superspeedway, and will run until 5 p.m. ET.

With an abysmal this year in F1, Alonso, McLaren boss Zak Brown and Honda came together with Andretti Autosport for a unique situation in which the 32-time Grand Prix winner will skip the Monaco Grand Prix to run at the historic Brickyard.

Already a winner at Monaco, a win at Indy along with a win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans (of which he is has also expressed interest to compete in), would make him just the second driver in the history of racing to score the ‘Triple Crown’ victory. The other is largely considered one of the greatest drivers of all-time in Graham Hill.

Piloting the No. 29 McLaren-Honda-Andretti entry, Alonso teased with a throwback design to his older days in Formula One when he drove for Minardi via Instagram.

Retro is the way forward . Helmet. #indyHelmet #alonsoIndy500

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Joey Barnes is the Founder of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.