Fernando Alonso has welcome-to-Indy moment with Indianapolis 500 practice crash

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/olympics/rio-2016/a/7140005/" data-ylk="slk:Fernando Alonso">Fernando Alonso</a> is prepping to compete in his second Indianapolis 500. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Fernando Alonso is prepping to compete in his second Indianapolis 500. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Fernando Alonso now knows just how quickly the wall can strike exiting a corner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The two-time Formula 1 champion crashed during Wednesday’s practice session for the May 26 Indianapolis 500. He was checked and released from the infield care center after his car skated toward the outside wall off turn 3, bounced toward the inside wall and then bounced back across the infield and track to the outside wall.

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The crash is Alonso’s first in an IndyCar at the Indianapolis 500 and the first practice crash by anyone while prepping for this year’s race. He said he underestimated the grip exiting the corner in his McLaren.

Alonso is prepping for his second Indianapolis 500 start. He was impressive in his debut in 2017 before an engine issue cut his race short. Wednesday’s crash came after his McLaren struggled with electrical issues that sapped the team’s speed in the first day of practice Tuesday.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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