Why Alonso is modern IndyCar's Mansell moment
McLaren and Fernando Alonso shocked the motorsport fraternity with the announcement Alonso would miss Formula 1's Monaco Grand Prix to contest the Indianapolis 500. This bold move presents a huge opportunity for IndyCar
Fernando Alonso missing the Monaco Grand Prix to make his debut in the Indianapolis 500 is the biggest thing to happen to single-seater racing in America since Nigel Mansell switched to what was then called the CART Indycar World Series as the reigning Formula 1 world champion in 1993.
There are parts of the Alonso story that are even more remarkable than Mansell's - Mansell opted for the US as a way out of F1 when his relationship broke down with Williams, while Alonso is an active grand prix driver taking the staggering step of missing the season's most high-profile race for his first attempt at the jewel in the IndyCar crown.
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