Why Alonso's first Indy failure was ultimately a success
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Why Alonso's first Indy failure was ultimately a success

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In the latest of our series of features looking back on the biggest motorsport moments of the 2010s, we revisit Fernando Alonso's first attempt to win the Indianapolis 500 and examine the legacy he has created in IndyCar

Whatever you think of Fernando Alonso's innate ability to grab the limelight, it's indisputable that his most high-profile headline grab - announcing he would skip Formula 1's Monaco Grand Prix for an Indianapolis 500 assault in 2017 - has had a lasting impact on the motorsport landscape.

One of the most alluring aspects of motorsport history was legendary drivers crossing over into other series - think Mario Andretti bringing USAC lessons to the dominating Colin Chapman-inspired Lotuses or Jim Clark's wide-ranging success outside of Formula 1 at Indy, and in sportscars and touring cars.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Fernando Alonso
Author Tom Errington