Alonso slides on his helmet

As he left his first press conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2017, Fernando Alonso stepped on a motorized skateboard and quickly disappeared into the crowd, sublimely cool yet mostly unnoticed by fans milling behind the Pagoda in the track’s infield.

Alonso won’t be as inconspicuous or as subtle this time around, but he will be as cool as ever.

The benefits of Alonso’s return to the Indianapolis 500 in 2019 -- announced Saturday with a tweet of a photo of IMS with the words “We’re Back #mclarenIndy” – belong to everyone. The race and IMS get a boost in attention. Fans get an anticipated treat. Fellow drivers get to compete against a two-time Formula One world champion and winner of 32 F1 races.

The benefits of Alonso’s decision go beyond the ancillary. Largely they return to him, full circle.

Alonso gets another, better-defined shot at his goal of completing the final leg auto racing’s triple crown – winning Indy, the F1 Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s an unofficial yet highly esteemed feat made slightly less impossible by Alonso’s win at Le Mans in June.

View from the grandstands at the Honda Indy Toronto

Public Sales Will Begin December 3

TORONTO (October 25, 2018) – The Honda Indy Toronto returns to Exhibition Place for its 33rd edition next summer on the festival grounds in downtown Toronto. The exclusive window is open for those who purchased 2-Day Grandstand seats for the 2018 event to renew or upgrade their location now through Wednesday, November 28. General public sales will begin on Monday, December 3 at 10 a.m. ET. 

Road to Indy at Toronto

PALMETTO, Fla. – Andersen Promotions today announced the 2019 Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires schedule which will feature 12 events in support of the Verizon IndyCar Series including a new venue with the addition of Circuit of The Americas and a return to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the season finale of all three levels of the globally recognized driver development platform.