Alonso calls into Texas from Canada; says of IndyCar, ‘why not?’ (VIDEO)

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Fernando Alonso was the star attraction of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, despite failing to finish owing to an engine failure in the back of his No. 29 McLaren Honda Andretti entry while running in the top-10.

Alonso was named Sunoco Rookie of the Year for his efforts, although he only finished 24th, and Ed Jones finished third for Dale Coyne Racing.

During tonight’s Rainguard Water Sealers 600 from Texas Motor Speedway, Alonso called into the NBCSN broadcast to speak with the booth of Kevin Lee, Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.

Asked by Lee about his future – both Alonso’s and Honda’s futures with McLaren are murky at best at the moment – Alonso didn’t say no when asked if he would consider IndyCar full-time.

“Why not? I’m very open to anything. I don’t have a pure answer right now,” Alonso said.

You can see Canadian Grand Prix coverage from 2 p.m. ET on NBC on Sunday.

Gabby Chaves to sub for Joao Barbosa at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

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Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.

The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.

Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.

“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”

Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”

Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.

The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.

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