The president of IndyCar, Mark Miles, has hopes that Fernando Alonso will race full-time in the series in 2019. This comes after Alonso has tested the #29 Andretti Autosport IndyCar on Wednesday at the Barber Motorsports Park. This was his first time driving an IndyCar on a road course, and has been used to help Alonso decide on whether he wants to join the series full-time next season.
Alonso is considering the move after setting his sights on winning what is known as the 'triple crown' of motorsport, which includes the Monaco Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500, the latter being the only event he has yet to win. Alonso gave the Indy 500 a shot in 2017, during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, but retired when he was in the lead group due to an engine failure.
"I know it's [Alonso's potential entry] something that all the interested parties are working together on. I'm hopeful that he'll be able to join the series full-time next year," Miles said.
"There isn't a deadline that I know of that's concrete. Even tomorrow I guess people know that he's going to be in an IndyCar getting comfortable with it on a road course at Barber. So we sure hope it happens. We're trying to be helpful to that. If it happens, I think it will be another affirming step for IndyCar in its trajectory and growth."
Also, the chairman of the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), said that it would be 'terrific' for IndyCar to feature Alonso as a driver.
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