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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Guitarman - Unregistered

May 09, 2012 5:44 PM

Rubens is physically and mentally up to speed both driving and racing current top-level single-seaters, and au fait with the latest tyre and brake technology, but even he said after his oval test that it's a whole different ball game. Alesi has done a bit of GT racing recently but that's all. If he really wants to do Indy, then forget it for this year, get a deal with a decent team for 2013 in good time, try to test a current single-seater this year, and do an oval test next year before Indy. At least that way he'll stand some chance of not embarassing, or hurting, himself.

oldbiker - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 11:42 AM

Hmmm, a 48 year old ex-grand prix driver who last raced an open wheeler (never mind an Indy car) many years ago wants to try to qualify in an untested car on a racetrack and style of racing he has never experienced.

The manufacturer of the car is now being sued by another of the teams which suggests the possibility that in the unlikely event he makes it through the pre-qualifying his car may well be impounded at the track. What is most amazing is that he can find people prepared to fund this folly even though he is an ambassador for Lotus.

Who Cares - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 12:51 PM

Many right things said above: yes this is silly, but it's Alesi's dream, and if he can put pieces together and actually drive an IndyCar on the Indianapolis raceway, his dream will already be half-lived. And then if by miracle (and talent) he qualifies for the race, he will have done it! Winning or even performing well is certainly not on the cards, but it's not his goal anyway. As oldbiker says, the most amazing is not that Jean Alesi is willing to be there in almost whatever conditions, it is that someone agrees to back this silly (but charming) attempt, and the cost isn't small :o

Jaythefrench - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 1:20 PM

As a french motorsport fan on both US and EU scene, i'm glad that Jean will sit on the 500 grid. I also fear the worst notably because of his generous driving style which seems to not fit with the smooth techniques that prevails on oval... But on the other side, remember that he is (was ?) a close friend of Philippe Gache who entered the 1992 500's... and finish the race in a fiery crash... Jean is clearly aware of the consequences...

Guitarman - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 4:14 PM

I'm sure the other drivers are well pleased about the prospect of having him driving next to them at 200 plus in an untested car ........

Let the dream remain a dream, Jean.

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