Fernando Alonso will be missing this years Monaco Grand Prix in order to compete in this years Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport.
The two-time Formula 1 world champion will be competing for the first time and it will be after last years winner came in the form of Alexander Rossi, who formally raced for the now defunct Manor Grand Prix team.
“I’m immensely excited that I’ll be racing in this year’s Indy 500, with McLaren, Honda and Andretti Autosport,” said Alonso. “I’ve never raced an IndyCar car before, and neither have I ever driven on a super-speedway, but I’m confident that I’ll get to grips with it fast.”
It all looks set to be a busy month of May for Alonso, with him flying straight from the Spanish Grand Prix to take part in practice for the big race.
“I realise I’ll be on a steep learning curve, but I’ll be flying to Indianapolis from Barcelona immediately after the Spanish Grand Prix, practising our McLaren-Honda-Andretti car at Indy from May 15th onwards,” he added.
His replacement for the Monaco Grand Prix has yet to be announced, however there is speculation that it could be Jenson Button who could come out of retirement for the one-off race for the team.