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    Alonso to miss Monaco to race Indy 500

    This is big.

    At first I thought it was a late April fools. But I guess it makes sense, obviously McLaren are not going to be a force in F1 this year so this may help to make Alonso feel loved and help retain him for the next year.


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    Fred is good , no doubt , but is he that good that he can just step in and win ?
    I love his moxy here , diving right into the deep end , and big kudos to McHonda for making this happen .

    This is gonna be great for the sport in the US .


    Would the Indy bunch let him win ?
    I'd think they might let him run up front for a while , but it might take more than one try at it to get the second crown of the three desired .

    It'll be a long day of racing , but I'll be watching it all if he's there .

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    It's a big risk, I hope it works out for him. Unfortunately it means he'll skip the 1 track where the McLaren might not feel the lack of power that much
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    Precursor to F1 retirement and a rookie season in Indy Car next year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by yodasarmpit View Post
    This is big.

    At first I thought it was a late April fools.
    That's what I thought too.

    Skipping Monaco to run in the Indy 500?! This is the biggest driver news that the IRL has ever had.
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    A lot of people one BBC's message boards are criticizing Alonso's perceived 'lack of commitment' to McLaren and while I also agree that Monaco would be Alonso's one real hope of getting a great result.... I do think this is great news and I even wonder if McLaren might have come up with the idea to keep him happy?

    Rookies can win Indy500, especially rookies as good as Alonso, but he would also need a lot of luck to pull something like that off..

    I'm happy for him, he deserves a competitive ride in at least one racing formula to keep him interested and motivated.

    I might even watch it this year!

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    I doubt Alonso is interested in running an entire IndyCar season. He has always expressed his desire to win the triple crown (Monaco GP, Indy 500 and Le Mans 24 victories), so I think he will focus on the Brickyard stateside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bagwan View Post
    Fred is good , no doubt , but is he that good that he can just step in and win ?
    I love his moxy here , diving right into the deep end , and big kudos to McHonda for making this happen .

    This is gonna be great for the sport in the US .


    Would the Indy bunch let him win ?
    I'd think they might let him run up front for a while , but it might take more than one try at it to get the second crown of the three desired .

    It'll be a long day of racing , but I'll be watching it all if he's there .
    It is a stretch but the McHonda is such crap, what is a one race sabbatical going to really cost him. He will need some luck to get his likeness on the Borg-Warner Trophy I'll be watching. Actually to get the chance to pull for Montoya again. Now I'll pulling for an FA, JPM 1,2.
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    Honda has a very good Indy car engine so that will be a change for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazio View Post
    It is a stretch but the McHonda is such crap, what is a one race sabbatical going to really cost him. He will need some luck to get his likeness on the Borg-Warner Trophy I'll be watching. Actually to get the chance to pull for Montoya again. Now I'll pulling for an FA, JPM 1,2.
    FA , JPM , and then Takuma Sato for that third place . I like it .

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