Watch Fernando Alonso's First IndyCar Test Online And Hopefully See Something Nice Happen To Him For A Change

Photo credit: Butch Dill/AP Images
Photo credit: Butch Dill/AP Images

It’s here! It’s finally here! The moment of truth. The moment that all hot take artists have been waiting for. Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso is finally going to go drive an IndyCar, and you can watch Alonso’s first IndyCar test online tomorrow.


In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, Alonso is skipping the Monaco Grand Prix, which he’s already won twice and has zero hope of winning in McLaren’s bad car this year, to try and win a second leg of the Triple Crown of Motorsport: the Indy 500. And ooh, does he want it. (We want know who he’s doing the 24 Hours of Le Mans with, too, because you know Leg No. 3 is now on the list.)

But will he be any good on Indy’s oval? That’s why we’re all going to be glued to a computer screen tomorrow for this pre-Indianapolis 500 oval test. This Wednesday, May 3, starting at 9:30 a.m. ET, you can tune into Alonso’s test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway here:

Alternately, we’ve embedded the YouTube link right here for easy access:

Mario Andretti, Kevin Lee and Robin Miller will provide commentary until noon, and then the stream of practice will continue sans chatty voices from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Several interviews are planned for that time, including with members of Andretti Autosport and its related teams, plus former Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran and McLaren CEO Zak Brown.

It’s sometimes hard to draw too many conclusions about how a team will do based on a test session. They speed up and slow down, running through different scenarios to make sure the car’s ready for whatever will happen at the Indianapolis 500.

But we’ll at least be able to tell if Alonso’s happier driving a Honda-powered car that actually works, so there’s that. Good luck, Fernando.

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Don’t be surprised if he does get on track until noon or later. The ambient temp here in Indy tomorrow won’t break 50 until noon, as per Weather channel and WeatherUnderground. Firestone will not let a car on track below 50 and is very uncomfortable under 54 or 55 degrees ambient.

I was an Indycar mechanic for 20 years, 16 of them with Team Green/Andretti Green/Andretti Autosport, and I’ve sat waiting for the temps to rise at such paradises as Milwaukee in March & IMS in April, even Phoenix is cold in the morning this time of year. I have also had a good friend killed testing at the Speedway, that morning was cold too and I always questioned the firestone engineers and his team manager for letting him do more than just install laps (systems checks).

And before you ask about tire warmers, yes, Andretti does have a few sets of tire warms, given to all teams by Firestone when the IRL started doing road courses for testing. The Firestone road course tire was/is way too hard to build heat quickly, no matter the camber.

But tire warmers are close to useless at the Speedway because the tire cools off so quickly on the back straight. That’s one of the reasons the entry into turn 3 is so hairy on new tires. A front tire can lose as much as 25 to 30 degrees after turn 2 by the time you enter 3.

What I’m trying to say is, it’s going to be overcast and cold tomorrow, and a screw up at the Speedway is like no other place in the world. Might be better to leave him in the garage for a while.