IndyCar » Alesi secures unlikely Indy 500 seat

Former F1 driver Jean Alesi has finally secured a team to back his début in this month's Indianapolis 500 race - and it's not one anyone was expecting.

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Coop - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 12:47 AM

This is a recipe for disaster. Too little currency..too little experience in Indy cars...too little horsepower.
If he's lucky he'll fail to qualify. If he makes it to the race he'll make Milka look good......


May 09, 2012 1:04 AM
Last Edited 1459 days ago

I would have hoped Jean would have come to his senses and called this Indy thing off by now.

This has disaster written all over it. It was bad enough he was trying to run with an experienced team but to do it was an Indy Lights team with a Lotus engine? He doesn't have a chance in hell of winning so why he going out there risking life and limb? Indy is the last place to be messing about because you can get injured REALLY bad REALLY quickly.

He's old, has zero oval experience, running with an inexperienced team, crap engine in the car, and this isn't like the old days when the track was open for practice the whole month of May. I don't see any good coming of this.

I'm with Coop - he'll be lucky and doing himself a favor if he fails to qualify.

Don - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 2:12 AM

It is hard to fathom why he would want to do this. And with Lotus power he has 0 chance of performing well. Hopefully he can keep himself in one piece before it's all over.

dano - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 3:20 AM

Why would Lotus put any effort into someone like Alesi who has never driven an Indycar and never driven on an oval when you have experinced drivers like Paul Tracy and Tomas Scheckter sitting on the sidelines. Hope the team has the resources to replace the chassis' he's going to use up in practice.

Terry B. - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 4:14 AM

Certainly wish Alesi the best in his transition to the IZOD IndyCar Series. Very Very Experienced In R/S Courses it will be interesting to see 2 former Formula One drivers on tracks they have experience in driving....OVALS.

DGAS - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 9:16 AM

I have watched Jean since the early 90's and Ive always said he was the greatest F1 driver to win only 1 race. Unfortunately with his luck, IF he qualifies I guess it will be back to the pits with an engine/car problem after a dozen laps (while leading of course!!).

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