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Fernando Alonso Completes Rookie Orientation at Indy

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso has completed his Rookie Orientation Program for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

The 35-year-old Spaniard took on three phases of ROP with a total of 50 laps and ran a best time of 40.9735 seconds (219.654 mph) around the 2.5-mile oval.

The program for incoming rookies consists of 40 laps that run as follows:

  • Phase 1 is 10 laps over 210 mph.
  • Phase 2 is 15 laps over 215 mph.
  • Phase 3 is 15 laps over 220 mph.

Marco Andretti did a shakedown of the No. 29 McLaren Honda Andretti entry to get a comfortable balance on the car prior to handing it off to Alonso.

The 32-time Grand Prix winner will take on an additional practice day on May 15 for a rookie session before official practice for the Indianapolis 500 gets underway.

A solid first impression for Alonso at Indianapolis as continued testing will happen following a brief break, but the overall test day is expected to be cut slightly short with weather looming.

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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.