The wraps have come off Fernando Alonso’s No. 29 McLaren Honda Andretti entry for the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, ahead of his maiden test today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. You can watch the test from 9:30 a.m. ET online via the NBC Sports App, as well as via IndyCar’s channels.
The car is, in fact, in a proper McLaren papaya orange livery – not the darker shade of orange and black that is on the McLaren MCL32 Honda Formula 1 chassis this season.
McLaren teased the livery a couple times in the buildup to the full reveal, before launching it live on social media this morning just over an hour before the day starts. McLaren also fully revealed Alonso’s helmet, too.
The livery reveal was done via video, before still shots on the yard of bricks were revealed
A handful photos are linked below, here (Photos by IndyCar)
Here’s a teaser of the Alonso test streaming coverage.
Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.
The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.
“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”
In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.
VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.
A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.
NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.