Fernando Alonso will make his third Indianapolis 500 appearance this year with Arrow McLaren SP, joining forces with title partner Ruoff Mortgage.
Alonso will be attempting to achieve the Triple Crown of Motorsport, having already won the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The only driver to have completed the Triple Crown of Motorsport is Graham Hill.
Alonso had previously attended the Indianapolis 500 twice – the first in 2017, where he completed an impressive drive all weekend, ultimately falling victim to reliability issues, and in 2019 where he failed to qualify.
Alonso said of the venture “I am a racer and the Indy 500 is the greatest race in the world. I love the incredible fans who make it so special for all of us drivers and make me want to come back. I have maximum respect for this race and everyone who competes in it and all I want to do is race against them and give my best, as always.
“It was important for me to explore my options for this race but Arrow McLaren SP has always been at the top. I have a special relationship with McLaren; we’ve been through a lot together and that creates a bond, a loyalty that is strong.
“But more than that, I am impressed with how the new organisation and operation is developing into a strong package with the Chevrolet partnership. The team has experienced, well-qualified people and great resources, and I’m confident we can be competitive.”
“Adding Fernando to the team brings a level of experience and expertise that will benefit our two young, talented full-time drivers in Oliver and Pato. We have fast cars at Indy and fully believe he has the talent to run at the front, not just participate. That, combined with Chevy power and the experience of the team, will make this trio of drivers one of the strongest in the field.”Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt added
CEO of McLaren Racing, Zak Brown stated “We’ve always said we’re open to running Fernando in a third car for the 500, so we’re delighted he’s decided to join us. Fernando is one of the greatest drivers in the sport and it’s fantastic to have him as part of the team. It’s a fine way to contest our first Indy 500 as Arrow McLaren SP and to have Ruoff Mortgage backing Fernando is a perfect partnership.”