Fernando Alonso wins virtual Indianapolis race featuring US great Mario Andretti
Fernando Alonso won at Indianapolis, in the virtual world at least, in a field featuring 80-year-old US great Mario Andretti and a cast of Indy 500 winners and Formula One champions.
Fernando Alonso won at Indianapolis, in the virtual world at least, on Saturday in a field featuring 80-year-old US great Mario Andretti and a cast of Indy 500 winners and Formula One champions.
Great time at the sim today and first victory on esports 😅! Hope everyone enjoyed as much as we did behind the wheel! Thanks @IMS @Allinsports_srl @wearetherace #LegendsTrophy pic.twitter.com/DbevtzgVvV
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) May 23, 2020
The Spaniard, who will return to the Indianapolis oval for real in August to try to win the 500 and become only the second driver to seal the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’, beat Jenson Button by 0.037 seconds.
The two times Le Mans 24 Hours winner, who has a Monaco Grand Prix victory and two Formula One titles on his resume, also took the later reverse grid race from 21st on the grid.
“Mega fun JB!!! Now you come to the real 500,” Alonso tweeted to 2009 Formula One champion Jenson Button.
Andretti, making his esports debut in the Legends Trophy organised by Torque Esports and www.the-race.com, fell a lap behind in an early incident after qualifying 19th of 26 in the first race.
“I had a blast,” said Andretti, the 1978 Formula One champion and 1969 Indy 500 winner.
“Obviously, it seemed like I was part of every situation that was happening out there but other than that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
“It was not natural,” he said of simulated racing around The Brickyard. “It’s so different... you drive it differently, obviously. The lines are a little different.
“You have to understand just what that rig wants, what the sim likes, how aggressive you can get and all of that. There’s a definite learning curve, no question about it.”
The Indianapolis 500, crown jewel of American open-wheel racing, was scheduled for Sunday but was postponed to 23 August because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Andretti was one of seven Indy 500 winners in the field with 73-year-old Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi, Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves, Gil de Ferran, Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan on the starting grid in Dallara DW12s.
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Marquez, starting third on the grid, seized the lead at the start and relentlessly powered to victory over championship leader Fabio Quartararo of France.
Spanish second seed Muguruza, who turns 28 on Friday, took her ninth career WTA title and second tour crown of the year after Dubai in March.