IndyCar hit a Home Run Wednesday

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso

IndyCar hit a home run on Wednesday in more ways than one. It was almost as big a news story as when Nigel Mansell quit F1 to run CART IndyCar in 1993.

It was announced today that not just Fernando Alonso will race in this year’s Indy 500, but McLaren is back too.

That has sent shockwaves through the motorsports world, as it’s huge that Alonso is skipping Monaco to race at Indy. If Bernie Ecclestone was still running F1 he would be having a conniption about now.

With Alonso now racing in the 500 we will see an increase in ticket sales. If IMS was expecting 300,000+ without Alonso, might they sell the joint out with Alonso – making it a sellout two years running?

Then there’s the TV ratings. It’s going to be a sure bet most of Europe will be tuning in to see how Alonso fares in the ‘500.

This is going to certainly make the entire Month of May huge in Indy, as Alonso will arrive on May 15 and be there for two full weeks.

Given we don't have a rainy month of May, Alonso will get plenty of practice time:

INDY 500 PRACTICE – MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017
• 10:00am – Public Gates Open
• 12:00pm – 06:00pm – Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
• 06:00pm – Public Gates Close
INDY 500 PRACTICE – TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017
• 10:00am – Public Gates Open
• 12:00pm – 06:00pm – Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
• 06:00pm – Public Gates Close
INDY 500 PRACTICE – WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017
• 10:00am – Public Gates Open
• 12:00pm – 06:00pm – Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
• 06:00pm – Public Gates Close
INDY 500 PRACTICE – THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017
• 10:00am – Public Gates Open
• 12:00pm – 06:00pm – Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
• 06:00pm – Public Gates Close
INDY 500 "FAST FRIDAY" PRACTICE – FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017
• 10:00am – Public Gates Open
• 12:00pm – 06:00pm – Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
• 06:00pm – Public Gates Close
• 06:15pm – Indy 500 Qualifying Draw
INDY 500 PRACTICE & QUALIFICATIONS – SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017
• 07:00am – Public Gates Open
• 11:00am – 12:00pm – Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
• 12:00pm – 06:00pm – Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifications
• 06:00pm – Public Gates Close
ARMED FORCES POLE DAY – SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017
• 09:00am – Public Gates Open
• 09:30am – Enlistment Ceremony
• 12:00pm – 06:00pm – Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifications
• 06:00pm – Public Gates Close
INDY 500 PRACTICE – MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017
• 12:00pm – Public Gates Open
• 12:00pm – 06:00pm – Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
• 06:00pm – Public Gates Close
MILLER LITE CARB DAY – FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017
• 08:00am – Public Gates Open
• 08:00am – 09:00am – Historic Race Car Exhibition
• 11:00am – Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
• 12:30pm – Indy Lights Freedom 100 Race – 40 Laps
• 01:45pm – Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge
• 03:30pm – Miller Lite Carb Day Concert
06:00pm – Public Gates Close
LEGENDS DAY PRESENTED BY FIRESTONE – SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2017
• 08:00am – Public Gates Open
• 09:00am – Full Field Autograph Session – Pagoda Plaza
• 10:30am – Public Drivers Meeting – North Pit Lane
• 12:00pm – 01:00pm – Firestone Pin Distribution – Pagoda Plaza
• 12:00pm – 02:30pm – Legends Autograph Sessions
• 03:30pm – Firestone Legends Day Concert
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• 06:00pm – Public Gates Close
101ST RUNNING OF THE INDY 500 PRESENTED BY PENNGRADE MOTOR OIL – SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2017
• 06:00am – Public Gates Open
• 07:00am – Snake Pit Presented by Coors Light
• 12:20pm – 101st Running of the Indy 500 Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil – 200 Laps
• 05:00pm – Public Gates Close

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