Arrow McLaren SP Reveals Alonso’s Indy 500 Challenger

Fernando Alonso's Indianapolis 500 livery for 2020.
Fernando Alonso's Indianapolis 500 livery for 2020.

INDIANAPOLIS – Arrow McLaren SP has revealed the No. 66 Ruoff Mortgage Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet that Fernando Alonso will pilot in his attempt to qualify for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500

“I’m very happy to finally see the car which I will race in the Indianapolis 500. We had to wait longer than usual to release the livery but that means that engines will be starting soon in Indianapolis,” said Alonso.

Alonso, two-time Formula One champion and two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, will be attempting to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 for the second time. The Spaniard first ran the Indy 500 in 2017, when he led 27 laps before a blown engine caused him to finish 24th but did not stop him from winning Rookie of the Year honors.

He attempted to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 again in 2019, but failed to qualify.

“In 2017, Fernando proved that he can not only compete in the race, but that he can fight for the win,” Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt said. “The livery is great. It represents the colors of Ruoff Mortgage while maintaining the livery design of all the Arrow McLaren SP entries. It’s unlike any entry that we have seen, which will make it easy to spot for fans.”

Ruoff Mortgage is no stranger to the Indy 500, having tasted victory in the 2017 race with Takuma Sato, and the entire company cannot wait to give it another shot with a driver of Alonso’s caliber.

“The livery is sleek and smart and boasts our primary branding scheme with that of Fernando’s brand,” said Mark Music, president and CEO of Ruoff Mortgage. “This design will help the No. 66 Ruoff Mortgage car stand out in the crowded field…especially when Fernando crosses the checkered flag. We can’t wait to see it on the track in our own backyard.”

Alonso and his unique livery will join Arrow McLaren SP’s two full-time entries of Pato O’Ward and Oliver Askew for the 104th Indianapolis 500 on Aug. 23.

O’Ward and Askew will surely benefit from a veteran driver with 32 Formula One victories under his belt joining the team, and Alonso looks forward to joining his new teammates.

“I think the atmosphere will be nice with Oliver and Pato, two drivers that I consider really talented,” said Alonso. “I’m confident that Arrow McLaren SP will be competitive. The team has the right experience, well-qualified people, and great resources.”

Alonso’s first shot at the Indianapolis 500 in 2017, and his love for the race, was inspired largely by McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown, who had a vision of getting the famous brand back in the historic race.

“I’m excited that we get to finally show the fans Fernando’s car that he will drive at the Indianapolis 500 this year,” added Brown “It looks awesome and I can’t wait to see it hit the track in August in Fernando’s hands.”